What is the GEM module and will it cause you to get false readings from the information panel?

Tiny
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  • 2005 GMC SIERRA
  • 5.3L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 121,000 MILES
Driving down the road the information panel starts giving alarms from the information panel. What would cause this? The instrument panel brake light comes on, the abs light comes on, it says to service 4wd, turn off turn signal. Everything checks out fine and gives nothing on a code reader. I have already replaced the instrument cluster.
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Friday, November 22nd, 2013 AT 7:17 PM

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Tiny
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The place to start is by having the charging system professionally load-tested for maximum output current and "ripple" voltage. GM has had a huge problem with their generators since the '87 model year. If one diode fails of the six, system voltage will go low at times, and computers are very intolerant of low voltage. All of the warning lights you mentioned are run by their respective computers. The instrument cluster is now a computer in itself too. They will do weird things and may shut down intermittently. If the generator proves to have a problem, you can reduce the high number of repeat failures by replacing the battery at the same time unless it is less than about two years old.
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Friday, November 22nd, 2013 AT 11:40 PM
Tiny
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Forgot to mention, the "GEM" module is "generic electronic module". That's Ford's name for their Body Computer. On GM vehicles, the engineers cleverly built the Body Computer into the radio so you have to get it fixed through the dealer's two grossly-overpriced repair centers.
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Friday, November 22nd, 2013 AT 11:45 PM

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