battery wont provide power to vehicle, HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by jerogers85, May 6, 2009.

  1. jerogers85

    jerogers85 New Member

    i bought an 87 chevy, at first the injectors were cutting out after 3 seconds. hooked up to charger to get power, engine was turning over then cutting out again after 3 seconds. then lost all power to entire truck. no headlights, no nothing at all. any suggestions on what this could be?
  2. ct9a

    ct9a Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Are you sure that the alternator is working properly?
  3. powdercoater

    powdercoater New Member

    If you've load tested the battery to make sure it's good check your battery cables. You could have a loose connection at either end or even a bad cable.
  4. vncj96

    vncj96 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Take your alternator in and have it tested, that would be my first guess. Also start checking all of your connections for the ignition, and your distributer and wires.
  5. unplugged

    unplugged Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Start at the battery and work towards the truck. Side terminal batteries are known to have connection issues.

    If the battery load tests fine, then check the condition of both the positive and negative cables.

    Fusible links can cut major power the vehicle too.

    Your truck should start and run on a fully charged battery (for awhile) even if the alternator isn't working. However the battery is just for starting the truck.

    The alternator's job is to supply the electrical needs of your truck while its running and to recharge the battery.

    If you are still having trouble report back with what you find.:glasses:
  6. bcoffman

    bcoffman Rockstar 100 Posts

    I had a car that the battery got a short in it and shut everything down in the dark going about 50 mph (Scary). Put in new battery and everything was fine.
  7. jerogers85

    jerogers85 New Member

    i got under it and the heat sheild had chopped up the cable from the battery to the starter, replaced the cable and got a new starter and fuller charged the battery. got power briefly then everything went back to having no power again. i will try the alternator, thank you all for your suggestions
  8. jrstroh_96

    jrstroh_96 New Member

    hey boss man had a 85 that did that check ur starter and see if its tight. mine lost headlights thru there.
  9. dwill3015

    dwill3015 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Check your ground strap as well (braided cable from engine to firewall).
  10. jerogers85

    jerogers85 New Member

    it is tight and also shimmed in, is there anything else i should look for witht he starter?

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