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    Let me start this off by saying that I am not electrial savy in the least, and here's my problem...In the spring I ran into an issue where I tried to start my truck, completely dead. (I put a brand new optima yellow top in the winter) After about 20 minutes of trying to jump start, it finally kicked over and away I went, only the entire trip when I approache a stop sign/ red light, the amps would decrease and I could feel the truck starting to shut down and rattle, so I'd have to put it in neutral and keep the rpm's up to avoid stalling, then shift back to drive and take off. That was a one time occurance, but on and off again I've experienced similiair problems where it will be at a low idle and stall out, then I turn the key again and runs fine. This may not be an electrical issue I've been told, though the person who told me that didn't have any rational what it could be in turn. Also, my radio clock resets to 12:00 every time I shut off/turn back on... not sure if it's connected to the other problem at all. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...trying to figure this out before the winter comes and I'm s.o.l when it comes time to plow...
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    Here's my problem...In the spring I ran into an issue where I tried to start my truck, completely dead. (I put a brand new optima yellow top in the winter) After about 20 minutes of trying to jump start, it finally kicked over and away I went, only the entire trip when I approache a stop sign/ red light, the amps would decrease and I could feel the truck starting to shut down and rattle, so I'd have to put it in neutral and keep the rpm's up to avoid stalling, then shift back to drive and take off. That was a one time occurance, but on and off again I've experienced similiair problems where it will be at a low idle and stall out, then I turn the key again and runs fine. Sometimes I go start and the ignition will click three or four times and start up, even after been running for an hour and only have been shut off for a matter of minutes. Also, my radio clock resets to 12:00 every time I shut off/turn back on... not sure if it's connected to the other problem at all. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated...trying to figure this out before the winter comes and I'm s.o.l when it comes time to plow...
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    Im not sure if this is your solution, but I do know from installing enough sound systems in vehicles that the only time the clock resets itselfis when the battery is disconnected. Meaning you may want to check and see that all connections are tightly secured to the battery. If there isnt anything wrong there you may want to check the ground on your battery, its possible that the connection to the frame has been covered with grime to the point its not staying grounded to complete the circuit. Other than those few things I cant think of anything else at the moment. Good Luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lquattro04 View Post
    Im not sure if this is your solution, but I do know from installing enough sound systems in vehicles that the only time the clock resets itselfis when the battery is disconnected. Meaning you may want to check and see that all connections are tightly secured to the battery. If there isnt anything wrong there you may want to check the ground on your battery, its possible that the connection to the frame has been covered with grime to the point its not staying grounded to complete the circuit. Other than those few things I cant think of anything else at the moment. Good Luck.
    Yep you will want to check all of your cables and connections. The ones to the frame are usually the first to go, there is also a chance that the pos cable to the Alternator is shot. And since it sounds like your using the truck for plowing you may have an issue with the alternator starting to go bad, where it isnt putting enough amps into the battery but still making enough voltage to not throw any red flags.

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    Also with the radio resetting.. there is chance that the bat back up for the radio has a bad fuse. (im not sure which one it is since it has been a while since ive looked at a GM manual)
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    Usually when the clock radio resets its because the battery is low. GM has this programmed into the trucks computer along with shutting down a few other electronics so they don't drain the battery when the battery is low. Have you had the new Optima checked?
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    **threads merged** please only one thread per tech problem. thanks
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