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#212 of 252 Recurring battery/engine issues.
Sep 26, 2011 (6:17 am)
We purchased a 2006 Tahoe LT in Jan. 2010. Since then, on numerous occasions the vehicle just won't start. This happened several times in the winter months. The vehicle at this point would at least start with a jump. In the past 6 months, when the vehicle dies, it won't even start with a jump. We've had to have it towed 3 times. Each time the towing co. checked the battery and starter and said both were fine. This first occurred May 27, 2011. I had driven 18 miles to pick up my son from school and the vehicle just would not start, even with a jump. We had it towed. Our mechanic agreed after checking that it wasn't the starter, battery or ignition but it "appeared" no fuel was getting to the engine. It was determined it was the fuel pump. After spending over $900.00 to replace the fuel pump, sensor and filter, we were stranded again for over 5 hrs. on Sunday, June 26, 2011 and we were over 200 miles from our home. On this occasion, after 2 tow trucks attempted to jump it and were unsuccessful, we finally found someone who told us to disconnect the battery, let it sit for a few minutes, then reconnect the battery. Once we did that, we were able to jump start it and everything was back to normal. The vehicle ran fine again until Friday, Sept. 1, 2011 where it once again was completely dead after having driven to my son's school to pick him up. We had it towed again! And, again, the battery, starter and ignition checked out fine. They replaced the fuel pump again, saying it could have just been a faulty one put in the first time. Then on Thurs., Sept. 15, 2011, it does it again! It's like there's a kill switch or something on the engine so that the vehicle just won't start no matter what. Our mechanic is so frustrated he doesn't know what to do. This last time, Sept. 15, 2011, they let it just sit over night then jumped it the next day. It took the jump immediately and so they had us come get it saying they couldn't replicate the problem. Their head mechanic said he could continue to work on it but it would be very costly because they can't find anything from Chevrolet acknowledging this problem or a supposed fix for it. We are so frustrated. I want to just trade it in and get a regular car (one that I can count on to at least start every day) but my husband likes the Tahoe because we take a lot of trips home every year (approx. 200 miles) and it's a large vehicle with a comfortable ride. That's all well and good and I do agree about liking the vehicle with its comforts, capacity and all the bells and whistles, but if I'm going to be stranded every other month in a vehicle we paid almost 20k for (fully loaded) then I'm willing to give all those extras up for a vehicle I can depend on. We need some answers and help here from Chevrolet.
#213 of 252 Re: Recurring battery/engine issues. [cachelot]
Sep 26, 2011 (9:42 am)
Contacted GM Customer Care at their 800 number. Now a proud owner of my own case #. Summary of the conversation: no known issues; they have never heard about battery/start issues on the 2006/2007 Tahoe's; unaware that GM has any customer care rep's on this site and stated GM does not monitor this site. (She stated they only monitor their own gm.com site. She also said she would look into it after our call after I gave her the screen names of the GM Cust Care rep's on this site). Because we purchased our vehicle in a private party sale, no help, assistance or aid to be offered. She did offer to set up an appt. for me at my local GM SALES/service office. After our first (and last) foray into owning a GM vehicle, I guess it's back to Toyota for us.
#214 of 252 2008 Chevy Suburban will not start!
Oct 27, 2011 (8:20 pm)
I am at my wits end here. I purchased a 2008 Chevy Suburban about 6 months ago. Up until about 10 days ago, it ran like a champ. The last week in a half, however, it will not start. I go out in the morning, and the lights, radio, etc. all work, but the car just will not start. Once it is hooked up to jumper cables, it starts right away. However, when I get to my destination, I cannot turn it off, or it will be dead again. It has the backup camera, navigation screen, DVD players, heated seats, etc. Obviously something is draining the battery, but would the lights and such still work if so?
One thing I also wonder about is the remote start. We just started using it about 2 weeks ago for the first time. Now all of the sudden, my car won't start.
Has anybody ran across a problem like this with their car? I am at my wits end..I am a traveling photographer, and have gotten stranded at a handful of shoots because of this.
Any help is appreciated greatly!
#215 of 252 Re: Recurring battery/engine issues. [cachelot]
Oct 31, 2011 (7:43 am)
Update on this issue. Battery was replaced. 4th fuel pump replaced and vehicle has been starting daily without issue. It's been 3 days since I got the vehicle back. Holding my breath.
However, for those of you with similar issues that the engine won't turn over and it appears no fuel is getting to the engine, and BEFORE paying your mechanic to replace your fuel pump or anything similar, go to youtube and check out this video that was recently sent to me. Just type in "Stories from the Road, GM Passlock Issue from Hell" I believe this may be the issue with many of these GM/Chevy vehicles.
#216 of 252 Re: Recurring battery/engine issues. [cachelot]
Oct 31, 2011 (1:55 pm)
First a question, if the engine wont turn over then you are saying the starter wont engage and even spin the engine electrically. Why are you changing fuel pumps? How would the engine start if the starter wont even spin it first. A simple fuel pump ressure test can tell whether it is working or not.
Anyway, my 96 Tahoe is doing something very similar. It does not have onstar, does have a code alarm security but it is pretty basic. If the battery is even a little weak, you can turn the key hear the solenoid click but the starter wont spin. With a jump it will and the engine will start. With a new battery it will start (hope it continues.) The alternator tests perfect, AAA can't detect any meaningful battery draw when car is off. Yet old (6 mos old) battery still seems to weaken a little and then be incapable of starting car in just a few days. HMMM. Haven't figured it out, but I suspect there maybe some low level battery draw when car is off and If it is not going to be run for a week or two AAA advised to disconnect neg battery wire. But, batteries that test with still a decent charge may not start it. Original starter/solenoid still in it. Battery wires, connectors, posts clean. Startign to suspect the original 15 yr old starter is getting finnicky and takes alot of voltage to get it to initiate. A recent ECM readout showed no faults. Well, if my new replacement battery (convinced retailer it was battery problem as AAA also thought)starts being incapable of starting it, I will probably go ahead and replace starter and starter solenoid. Don't know what else to think at this time and that is not a big repair. A do it your selfer.
#217 of 252 All my new Chevy's had battery problems
Jan 03, 2012 (6:49 pm)
Bought new 09 Suburban if you have radio or lights on without running engine for a few minutes....IT WON'T START!!!
Used to Own 07 Tahoe new from showroom If you have radio or lights on without running engine for a few minutes....IT WOULDN'T START!!!
Same with 04 Tahoe Chevy saying they have never heard of this problem shows they are liars!!!! This is a design fault that they dont want to admit and pay for.
My Wife and 5 kids just got stuck in the middle of nowhere again!! Last GM (Government Motors) vehicle for us!
#218 of 252 Re: All my new Chevy's had battery problems [jcarey23]
Jan 04, 2012 (6:35 pm)
I hate to hear about your problem. Believe me I can understand your frustration. I had an 07 that was like flipping a coin if it was going to be dead or not. I complained to GM of course they never heard of the problem, I gave them this web site. I've got a 2000 GMC with 215,000 miles that is more dependable. I have to admit we have a 2011 Tahoe now which only has 10,000 miles, but so far it's been great. However, if we start having problems with the batt. it will be my last GM vehicle. I think this problem is going to really cost GM some customers, but I guess they can just get another bail out.
#219 of 252 2007 Tahoe LT-3 - Battery Dies for No Reason!!!
Jan 04, 2012 (8:23 pm)
2007 Tahoe LT-3 w/ 59000 miles -- Truck ran fine for two weeks after purchase. 5 days ago, slow start... 4 days ago, NO start. ACTED like a Dead Battery, BUT lights, radio, etc. still working!! Have had same problem and had to jump start Tahoe every morning and everyafternoon when leaving work. No aftermarket ANYTHING installed - just factory Rear Entertainment System (no NAV either). Don't even have a phone charger plugged in!!
Took to parts store for load testing --Battery:OK, ALT:OK, -- took to trusted mechanic for diagnosis....
Mechanic tells me: When you start the truck, all "modules" come to life. When you shut truck down, all "modules" have a rest period before going into hybernation. Mechanic says that one (or more) of my modules is NOT hybernating, and since they require a 12 volt power source this is my battery drain. OBD-II diagnostics revealed a GMLAN code -- something about HIGH SPEED BUS CIRCUIT??
I have read multiple posts concerning this issue we are all having. Here is a compilation of fixes that other consumers have managed to squeeze out of dealers:
1) Service Update #07007B where the BCM (Body Control Module) needs to be replaced;
2) Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 06162 which is a software update to the Body Control Module (BCM);
3) HIGH SPEED BUS BAR overheats which simulates a dead battery (this info came from a bulletin dated April 2009, but I dont remember were i found it posted)
4) Someone posted that Service Update #07007 is actually a RECALL pertaining to certain VIN#'s. I attempted to verify, but site that was linked to this information is no longer up (go Figure, right??)
HERE IS THE MOST RECENT BULLETIN I HAVE FOUND......
5) Bulletin #09-08-50-017B - Dated Feb 11, 2010
Its the rear seat heater. It does NOT to be replaced, just reprogrammed using an SPS System w/ latest software update. Applies to Escalade, Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, Yukon XL manufactured prior to November 30, 2009. ALL affected vehicles equipped with Rear Heated Seat RPO KA6.
GM has to know what the issue is here... I just want to fix the problem, NOT sell the truck. If anyone has additional info, or has been able to resolve the issue -- PLEASE post a response !!!!!!! Feel free to email me and I will forward the long version of everything I have.
#220 of 252 Re: All my new Chevy's had battery problems [smorton1]
Jan 05, 2012 (10:23 am)
I have a 07 tahoe ,every time i have the tires rotated at Firestone they have the hood open for a courtesy inspection. every time by the end of the service the battery is dead . the dealership has replaced the battery 3 times.i contacted the manufacture they paid for the repairs and also fixed 4 other recalls.In the process they broke the drivers side folding mirror.that was funny to me because it worked fine when i dropped it off. before they removed the door panels to fix the door handles that cut your hand every time you opened the doors. Chevrolet knows about this problem with the charging system. they are a bunch of LIARS . This is what you get for buying American. This was my first Chevrolet and my last.I have let all of my family , friends and coworkers who are looking at a new car purchase know how good of a car manufacturer Chevrolet is .I am happy to say that NONE of them have purchased a Chevrolet. In retrospect it would have been a good thing if they went out of business,then they wouldn't have flooded the market with their substandard cars , trucks and suvs
#221 of 252 Re: Recurring battery/engine issues. [cachelot]
Jan 07, 2012 (6:53 pm)
Our 05' tahoe kept dying, something was draining the battery overnight. Once you jumped it off in the morning it would be fine the rest of the day, as long as you drove it every so often. We took it to a great mechanic and it turned out there was a device in the drivers door that was keeping the mirror heater from shutting off. Quick fix it, he found it that day, cost about $560, and the car has no more issues. We were given a lot of opinions for altenators to fuel pumps before taking it to this mechanic. The key is finding the right person.