I have a 2003 GMC Envoy and just started.

  • 2003 GMC ENVOY
  • 167,000 MILES

I have a 2003 GMC Envoy and just started yesterday the battery gauge would decrease till it was all the way on the (-) and the dashboard lights and other guages were off and even the headlights but I was still able to drive and give it gas what does this mean?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 AT 4:13 PM

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The generator has failed and your battery will be run down very quickly. It is common to go through four to six replacement generators in the life of a GM vehicle. Due to their design they develop huge voltage spikes that can destroy the internal voltage regulator, internal diodes, and can interfere with computer sensor signals. To reduce the number of repeat failures, replace the battery at the same time unless it is less than about two years old. As they age they lose their ability to dampen and absorb those spikes.

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