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  • I have a 99 chevy suburban K1500 I exported to Argentina. I had to install a new motor in the US just before exporting it. The engine started a bad knock, maybe a rod, 500 miles after we were rearended in Atlanta. Started with a slight ticking noise just after the accident, then total failure. I think I'm going to make a claim against the insurance company of the person that rearended us. Now for my question. I live in Buenos Aires and want to install a simple toggle switch to disable the ignition or the coil. Is this possible with the passlock system. Will I cause it to engage and mess the system up? Just found this board and it is great. This is my third Suburban, had a 86 k2500 6.2 diesel and another 99 K1500.
  • The difference between the LS and LT is the leather seating. I think the same for the sle and slt in the GMC suburbans. Not familiar with the differences in a low and high altitude diesel.
  • surbguysurbguy Posts: 3
    80k miles..

    Having trouble diagnosing this...

    Ignition has been inconsistent, clicking, then not turning over - wiat 5 min, then it's fine again until this morning.... starter problem?

    Also, Both taillights/brakes are out, but it is the whole piece not the bulbs - Is this possible, or is it some sort of electrical problem, also trouble with pass windows, and wipers - Seems like it's all tied together...Please help.
  • We had similar problems and it was the battry cables. The positive side on ours is a two cable thing and they were dirty between the two cables. Might also be the battery.
  • hi i have a 2000 suburban LT. I realized that the rear audio controls dont work. I know it used to work. When I plug headphones in and press the power button, nothing happens and the little power light doesnt turn on either.Is there anyway to fix this problem. perhaps a fuse? I still use the factory delco radio but i recently had a subwoofer installed. could that be the problem?
  • Check your fuse first, if it is good, suspect the install of the new subwoofer.
  • rperryrperry Posts: 1
    has anyone out there had problems w/electrical system? abs/emer brake lights come on while driving, and the a/c light and system goes off and then comes back on after a few minutes. the dealer swears there are no stored codes. when abs/emr a/c light will flash, then it and the a/c goes er brake light comes on, the abs system is inoperative. the amber a/c light flashes, then the a/c light and thea/c goes off for a while. any ideas? its HOT!!
  • Sounds like grounding or relay issues to me. Is it possible your battery is going? Have you checked your cables are the connections clean. My mercedes wagon started doing strange things and it was the battery going. Have your battery put through a load test and see how she's working under a full amp load, if it's not up to the task funny things will happen, like you describe.
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  • Warlock, have you determined whct the cause of this problem is.
    I and several other s have the same issue.

    Thanks
  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 477
    I would like to have the tow hooks installed on my Yukon XL. They are only a $38 option, but were not put on mine. I have 2 wheel drive and suspect I may need to be dragged out of the sand or off a slippery boat ramp one day. My question is, is it easy to install them myself, or do I have to have the dealer do it? Or is it really necessary, since the frame is easily accessed through those small holes in the bumper?
  • First, expect to pay more than 38 bucks for them from the dealer. Second, it will depend on your mechanical skills. The install is easy and straight forward, just make sure you use the same bolts the manufacturer would use or they could fail when you need them most.
  • We are about to put our 3rd fuel pump in our "96 suburban. It will shut down with no warning, we pull to the side of the road and it starts right back up. No warning lights come on. Dios don't show any problems. We replaced the filter and it happened again. When the other fuel pumps were replaced it was because the truck would not start - the new problem is different than before.Could it be something besides the fuel pump or are GM fuel pumps crap? A friend had a similar problem with their jeep and it was a sensor.
  • We didn't get a letter regarding the fuel pump but we are having trouble. Does the letter address stalling /engine shutdown. Please see #294 for our problems.
  • I have a 2001 Suburban and have had this problem 3 times this year. FIrst we disconnected the hood light (comes on when you raise the hood), that was advice of dealer. Then it happened again and thought I finally tracked it to the drivers power seat. Disconnected that fuse and it ran perfectly for 2 months. It is dead again. I am considering disconnecting the battery between uses.
  • J2wice, I hope you found out what was going on with your ride, if so, please share the answer.... I'm having a similar problem with my 91 suburban.

    I can start the thing sometimes, but it floods pretty bad. Sometimes when it won't start, the ignitions fires, but the injectors won't. Then, just to make things confusing, the Injectors fire, but then the ignition won't...... We replaced the computer, the fuel pump, the fuel pressure regulator, and some fuses.... Anyone out there know of any ideas? :confuse:
  • I have an 05 charcoal and have the same problem. I put the front deflector on the hood to avoid all the paint coming off. The dealer acted like it was normal but, in checking older suburbans, I haven't seen this problem. Behind the rear wheels is also coming off like crazy. I will be taking it back to have it fixed. Unfortunately they must have either had a paint that was bad or something getting on the primer prior to painting. Other than that I love our burb.

    :(
  • Is this the dreaded intake leak? Or? Here are some pictures.

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    Thanks guys for the help =)
  • Hey sublover....I have a '04 Z71 and just had it replaced on warranty and all my dealership said was that they have had problems with it. The one thing I've noticed even with the replacement is that when it's running even a/c it's really warm to the touch. Don't know if that has anything to do ith it tough.
  • I have had my '04 Z71 in for a rattle that seems to be worse the more people (weight) we have in the burb and when you apply the brake it goes away. The dealership thought it was the brake cable and greased the areas it passes through. That didn't do it. Still there......anyone else have this?
  • I was driving back from Vegas yesterday. the electrical system "blinked"/"flashed" but all seemed fine. Then about 30 miles later the AC fan, and cruise control became in operative. Also the anti-lock ABS dash light came on. Everything seems to work except for the AC and cruise. I stopped and checked every single fuse at the side of the dash, not just the ones it could be. I also checked every single fuse under the hood in the "relay center" box. No bad fuse. I checked the battery connections and water level. I visually inspected under the dash by the blower motor and every place else under the hood and dash.

    No Luck.

    Any ideas.

    Dealer says maybe ECM or something. $80 to find out.
  • I was driving back from Vegas yesterday. The electrical system "blinked"/"flashed" but all seemed fine. Then about 30 miles later the AC fan, and cruise control became in operative. Also the anti-lock ABS dash light came on. Everything seems to work except for the AC and cruise. I stopped and checked every single fuse at the side of the dash, not just the ones it could be. I also checked every single fuse under the hood in the "relay center" box. No bad fuse. I checked the battery connections and water level. I visually inspected under the dash by the blower motor and every place else under the hood and dash. No Luck.

    Any ideas?

    Dealer says maybe ECM or something. $80 to find out and then...
  • Are you losing coolent? Is that oil and are you overheating
  • No overheating. I did loose oil AND coolant. Dealer confimed today its the intake manifold gasket! ARGGGG..$757 out-the-door (3 free oil changes) current oil change and replacing some valve also. :cry:
  • Try disconnecting the NEG side of battery for 15 minutes and see if it resets its self :confuse:
  • I was driving back from Vegas yesterday. The electrical system "blinked"/"flashed" but all seemed fine. Then about 30 miles later the AC fan, and cruise control became in operative. Also the anti-lock ABS dash light came on. Everything seems to work except for the AC and cruise. I stopped and checked every single fuse at the side of the dash, not just the ones it could be. I also checked every single fuse under the hood in the "relay center" box. No bad fuse. I checked the battery connections and water level. I visually inspected under the dash by the blower motor and every place else under the hood and dash. No Luck.

    Any ideas?

    Dealer says maybe ECM or something. $80 to find out and then...
  • My father has a 1997 Suburban with the 454 engine. It has around 150,000 miles and is in very good, well maintained condition. About 6 months ago, he was driving along at about 40 mph and the engine quit. He lost ALL power (even the clock had to be reset). It was as if someone disconnected the battery momentarily. He coasted to the side of the road, sat briefly, then tried a restart. The truck restarted and ran just fine, taking him home uneventfully. The next day, I went over his house to see what I could find. I wiggle tested everything. All I noticed was a moderately loose battery ground cable at the engine block. I gave it a good tightening, and everything was fine - until yesterday. I got a SOS call from ol' dad. He was parked at a friend's house and his truck wouldn't start. Same problem. His friend was about to give him a ride home, they were unloading stuff from the Sub into his friend's van when suddenly the power came back on (Dad had the tailgate down and the dome lights magically lit). He put the key in the ignition and it started right up. They put the stuff back into the Suburban and dad attempted to go home. He got about 30 feet and it died again with a total power outage. When I arrived on the scene about a 1/2 hr. later, of course everything was normal. I put the key in the ignition, and it started right up. Again, I gave it a thorough wiggle test. It made no difference, I noticed no intermittent anything. I followed dad home, and it was an uneventful trip. I'm at a loss as to what's wrong, and now he's afraid to drive it anywhere for fear of being stranded - can't say as I blame him. Has anyone ever experienced something like this? Where should I look?
  • I see you wiggled everything. Did you look at the battery or cables? See any green after you remove some of the plastic? Maybe the battery cables are shot. This is what I would try:
    Visually check the battery for cracks near the posts.
    Check the cable for "green" corrosion.
    Check to see if the battery posts have come loose. If it is a side posts, they are known for this and I have a part to fix it if this is the case ($3 shipped)
    Check all the fuses by removing them. Make sure one of them isn't bad.
    Go to AutoZone (parts store) and have them test the alternator and battery while they are at it.
  • My charcoal '05 hood was re-painted by the dealer at no cost. There are chips on my door but they claim its from door dings. My hood was faded and almost appeared to have over-spray on it. Since re-painting and installing a wind deflector I have noticed no further fading or chipping to the hood. Take yours to another dealer.
  • Thanks, that is my plan.
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