Power door lock/lumbar/rear door speaker electrical gremlin

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by alchemist1, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. alchemist1

    alchemist1 Member

    One more weird electrical question. I keep blowing fuse #13, a 20 amp one. This is the one that supplies power to the lumbar seat, the rear door speakers (right and left rear doors - not the back speakers in near the 'barn doors'), cigarette lighter, and the power door locks. Interestingly, I can still operate the power door locks with my key FOB. What happens is that periodically, after maybe a week or so, sometimes longer, sometimes shorter, the fuse just blows. I know that when fuses blow, this means that a power wire gets shorted to ground. So seeing that i rarely use lumbar, I would almost rule that out. Also, the fuse doesn't seem to blow when I operate the power door lock switch on the door itself. Could one of the rear door speaker leads be shorting against metal in the door or possibly in the wire harness between door and frame and after repeated opening and shutting, jars the power wire against a ground? I'm thinking that might be it, only since I sporadically use the rear doors?
  2. truckfan4life

    truckfan4life New Member

    Wow I have the same exact.problem on my 1997 k1500 5.7 suburban. Haven't found an answer yet but I haven't asked or tried much diagnostics either...lol.
  3. outalne94z71

    outalne94z71 Member

    your problem is not limited to suburbans, many gm trucks had wiring issues like that, many times it is the wires under the sill plates under the driver side doors, id check the connector under the rear driverside door sill, (not the barn door sill) the connector there is known to corrode and short out, i had a similar issue with my 98 crewcab and sure enough it was corrosion in that connector crossing wires.

    my old 94 club cab also had corrosion issues with that door sill wiring, why gm did not come up with better ideas is a mystery
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2011
  4. truckfan4life

    truckfan4life New Member

    Hmm...thanx a lot!! Now at least I know where to start looking.
  5. Kraziken

    Kraziken Rockstar 100 Posts

    Any chance you have heated seats? My electrical short was traced to the passenger seat heating element. Somehow the wires had melted/fused to the chassis.
  6. truckfan4life

    truckfan4life New Member

    Mines aren't heated.
  7. Caddiac

    Caddiac Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    If the problem is not triggered by an event like using the power lumbar support or using the power door locks then it is likely a worn wire, corrosion etc. Any correlation between the fuse blowing and water? Washing the truck or rain?
  8. truckfan4life

    truckfan4life New Member

    Nope It's intermittent. In-fact I first noticed it after I installed speakers in the passenger rear doors. I thought I had possibly crossed the polarity on the new speakers because it would run for a while then fuse would blow. So I disconnected speakers in question and ran system for a few days no fuse blew. Then I connected speakers same as previously and prof blew fuse. Then I went in and switched the polarity. No blown fuses for about 2 weeks. Then one day I left lights on and battery died. had to get jump start. Now all of a sudden fuse blows instantly when u put new one in. Personally I don't think any of this is related to the issue just coincidence. I think that as previous poster said it is a corroaded wire somewhere and the truck bouncing around during normal driving conditions presents varying levels of a "short" condition, depending on how the culprit wire just happens to sit at the time. Do you agree?
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  9. Caddiac

    Caddiac Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Yup. There is a wire that is making intermittent contact some where. I have the factory manuals for the 98, can't be that different from the 97. Let me see if I can find something you can look at to help you chase this booger down.
  10. truckfan4life

    truckfan4life New Member

    Wow!! Awesome!! She has larger issues (engine problem) but right now this is an easier one to do somhing about and It's very annoying...LOL

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