2005 Chevy Tahoe - Starting is intermittent; radio will reset

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2005 Chevy Tahoe - Starting is intermittent; radio will reset when trying to start vehicle. Starting is getting worse, symptoms - turn key nothing, turn key power to dash then when starting you hear click like a dead battery. Then next try - vehicle starts. Starter Solenoid?

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 5:29 PM

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Tiny
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Check to make sure the battery terminals are clean and tight. It sounds like a loose connection.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 5:54 PM
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You have a loss of power supply from somewhere. Test the battery itself first and then look at all the connections.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 5:55 PM
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Battery is fairly new; connections are good. Just went out to try again - turn key to accessory. Interior powers up. Turn key further to start, everything goes dead. Turn key back to accessory and wait 10-20 seconds power returns to interior. Try again, sounds like dead battery or solenoid not engaging. Finally started and started 15 time in a row (until I stopped trying).

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 6:08 PM
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Listen to me. You have a loss of power supply somewhere.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 6:19 PM
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This sounds like a bad starter. Next time it wont start try tapping on the starter with a hammer and see if it starts. The armature in the starter is bad and when it stops on the bad spot thats when it wont start.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 6:24 PM
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Fair enough. I'll reinspect. Battery, Alternator, starter. Anywhere else you might suggest? Thanks

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 6:25 PM
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Cadieman. What would a starter have to do with knocking the radio out?

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 6:28 PM
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Could the power drain at the starter cause the radio reset?

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 8:33 PM
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No, there is a bad connection somewhere.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 8:45 PM
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Does the radio rest to 1200 and you lose the preset channels?

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 8:56 PM
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It does reset to 12:00 - It doesn't lose Satellite radio presets. Don't listen to FM/AM radio so I didn't check that (though I would assume not since satellite is good)

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 AT 9:11 PM
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Connections are all tight at battery, engine ground, alternator, starter. All cables look good. I did remove and inspect the battery connections. No corrosion. I'll pay attention but now that I think about it, it only seems to happen after the vehicle sits and cools down. Either overnight or while sitting several hours.

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 AT 2:08 AM
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The battery isn't the only place that you can lose power supply. You have various power distribution centers and fusible links that can be problem areas too.

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 AT 2:13 AM
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The radio is resetting because your losing power to the radio. The clock runs on constant power scorce when you turn the key the radio works off a ingnition power scorce. So two fuses control the radio and clock. Check all the fuses one has to be blown. Ty for using 2carpros

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 AT 2:16 AM
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The Clock doesn't reset every time.

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 AT 12:39 PM
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If its one click and you tap test the starter and it starts you need to replace the starter.

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 AT 4:44 PM
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Battery connections felt tight. After removing and replacing them, the problem has gone away. Appears to have been a connection issue. If it makes it through the weekend I'll feel it is resolved. Thanks for the help.

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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 AT 6:36 PM
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Gl thanks for using 2carpros

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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 AT 6:56 PM
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The first 2 people to post both said that. At least you found it eventually.

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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 AT 8:03 PM
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Hay,

Glad you found it. What you originally described pointed me directly to that type of problem.

Let us know if you have questions in the future.
Joe

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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 AT 10:20 PM

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