1995 Chevy Suburban stopped

Tiny
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1995 Chevy Suburban V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic

Hi, When coming home tonight my Suburban died at a stop sign twice in which it started right back up but it's never done this before. Tha amp gauge reads 13. Is that normal? Hanks
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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 AT 7:59 PM

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Tiny
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The gauge you describe is the voltage meter for your battery. It should read around 13 to 14 volts with engine running. Yes that is normal.
Is your check engine light on?
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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 AT 8:04 PM
Tiny
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Check engine light has been on for 5 years. When coming home tonight my Suburban died at a stop sign two different times in which it started right back up but it's never done this before and it makes me wonder if I should even attempt to take it to work I n the morning. The meter read 13 amps is why I asked the question. Thanks again
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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 AT 8:11 PM
Tiny
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The best way to see if your battery is good is to check the voltage while the engine is off. It should be around 12.5 to 14 volts. If the voltage falls below this you probably have a bad cell in your battery.
In a vehicle voltage is relative to amperage, and is mearsured as such -- volt/amps. Your gauge may say amps but it is realy volt/amps. Anyway, 13 amps sounds normal.
Check your battery connections and make sure that they are tight and free of any corrosion -- especialy between the contact surface of the connection.
Your check engine light probably has the code that will lead you to your stalling problem. Take your suburban to Autozone or a place like that and ask them to scan your computer. They will do this for free and they will give you the trouble codes that are associated with the check engine light. Write them down or ask to have them printed out and let me know what these codes are. They will be a bunch of numbers like P0302, P0351, ETC. They will also test your battery. The best thing is that they will do all this for FREE.
A corroded battery connection will cause your problem but there are a million other things that will also cause it, so have the check engine light scanned.
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Saturday, October 25th, 2008 AT 12:47 PM
Tiny
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It sounds more like carburation /fuel / vacuum. When coming to a stop, the revs should come to about 800 and stay there until you accelerate again. When I had this problem years ago, it tuned out to be a combination of things. A fuel filter that was restricting fuel enough at idle to cause it to sputter and die. The other was it needed a tune up - which included new plug wires (over 120,000).

Does it accelerate/decelerate smoothly? Will it start and idle at home/work but only die after coming to a stop after normal acceleration?

13v is normal and wouldn't give you the indications you stated. Good luck.
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Monday, November 10th, 2008 AT 10:56 AM

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