2005 CHEVY TAHOE - STARTING IS INTERMITTENT; RADIO WILL RESET

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  • jpesnell
  • 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 125,000 miles

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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  • Jacobandnickolas
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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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  • Wrenchtech
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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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  • cadieman
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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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