Here is some info;Charge Mode
The BCM will enter Charge Mode when ever one of the following conditions are met.
" The wipers are ON for more than 3 seconds.
" The GMLAN Climate Control Voltage Boost Mode Request is true, as sensed by the HVAC control head. High speed cooling fan, rear defogger and HVAC high speed blower operation can cause the BCM to enter the Charge Mode.
" The estimated battery temperature is less than 0 C (32 F).
" Battery state of charge is less than 80 percent.
" Vehicle speed is greater than 145 km/h (90 mph)
" Current sensor fault exists
" System voltage was determined to be below 12.56 volts
" Tow/Haul mode is enabled
When any one of these conditions is met, the system will set targeted generator output voltage to a charging voltage between 13.9-15.5 volts, depending on the battery state of charge and estimated battery temperature. Battery Voltage Gauge Operation
The IPC displays the system voltage as received from the BCM over the GMLAN serial data circuit. If there is no communication with the BCM then the gauge will indicate minimum.
This vehicle is equipped with a regulated voltage control (RVC) system. This system turns off the generator when it is not required in order to improve fuel economy. The generator will turn back on when additional voltage is required. This will cause the voltmeter to fluctuate between 12 and 14 volts as opposed to non-regulated systems which usually maintain a more consistent reading of 14 volts. This fluctuation with the RVC system is normal system operation and NO repairs should be attempted. For max output of the alternator is 145 amp with KG3 or 160 amp with KW1, these are the RPO codes located in the glove box just check and see if it has kw1 or kg3 and that will tell you.
Saturday, May 30th, 2009 AT 5:47 PM