Battery replacement on 2004 Chevy Tahoe Z71

Tiny
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I have 73000 miles on my V8 5.7L Tahoe and the original battery is finally dead. Is there something other than removing and reinstalling a battery that I need to do to get the vehicle working properly? I didn't cross wires and I did check all connections and I don't have any power to the vehicle. Did I forget something?

I just had the dealership service it last week and they said everything was ok. What a joke.
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Friday, May 11th, 2007 AT 9:53 PM

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Tiny
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What led up to you replacing the battery?

Was the origianl battery charged and load tested?
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Friday, May 11th, 2007 AT 11:33 PM
Tiny
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I replaced the battery because I couldn't jump start it and it wouldn't take a charge.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 8:27 AM
Tiny
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The dealer likely couldn't have predicted this. So, if I understand this, the truck was good when you parked it, everthing was normal. The next time you wnet to start it, it did NOT crank, but the light did work. You tried jumping and charging the battery, it didn't work so you replaced it. NOw the the truck still doesn't crank, but the lights DO work. Is this right?
Have you checked the cables at the other ends. Have you tried a different key ( in the event of anti-theft).
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 12:20 PM
Tiny
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You were right up until after I replaced the battery. At that point, nothing worked. No cranking, no lights, nothing.

I was told there is a device you can hook up to check on the alternator or starter. Any ideas?
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 12:26 PM
Tiny
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Sorry for the questions, but I need to determine which way to go based on symptoms.

Have you checked the cables at the other ends. Have you tried a different key ( in the event of anti-theft).
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Saturday, May 12th, 2007 AT 3:00 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the input, thus far.

I had the Tahoe towed to the dealership and the battery I had purchased at **&&& % Auto Parts was a bad battery. I don't want to mention the auto parts place, cause that can happen to anybody. They apparently sold me a 2 year old battery. But they did refund my money.

A new battery at the dealership worked, except for one thing. The CD player is not functioning. It indicates no CDs in the player. It won't allow me to load any CDs and I know I have 6 CDs in the player.

The dealership is willing to remove the player and send it to get repaired for a "minimum" fee of $350. What a bargain!

Any ideas on the CD player? Could it have malfunctioned due to the battery replacement? The radio works.

The entertainment system in the rear works fine also.

This is the Bose Sound System.
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Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 AT 10:33 AM
Tiny
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All goes to show you that because it is new don't mean it's good!

There are plenty of independant shops that you can go to. Especially since you don't seem to fond of the dealer. I know with the radio, it will show a "LOC", until you put in a code to make it work. But the CD player seems like a GM trouble child. I just had a customer have to have theirs replaced.

A note on the Battery and why it shouldn't have happened. The batteries are coded in a way that they can tell the age. Any company that is run by adults, rotate their stock so it doesn't happen. I would have asked the company to pick up ANY difference that it cost you beyond their battery cost due to negligence.
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Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 AT 5:19 PM

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