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Guest Message by DevFuse

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Hopefully just a dead battery?

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#1 Guest_Wagon Wagon_*

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 01:33 AM

Finally took my XT for it's first drive with its new transmission tonight. But now I'm having electrical problems.

Had to jump it to start it up. Let it run with the jump connected for about 10 minutes, thought everything was OK. Took it for a drive, after about 10 more minutes, BAM, all electrical power shuts off. Luckily I had a friend following me. I coasted into a parking lot, found that the car had no electrical power at all, even the dash warning lights wouldn't come on. After a few minutes of sitting all the sudden everything came back on. On trying to start it it'd lose all power again.

Jumped it again, let it idle for a while, seemed to run OK. Went to take it home, moved about 3 feet, and all the sudden I have no electrical power again. Jumped it one more time, and the second I turned the headlights on it died again.

About this time I'd had enough of this; I went home and grabbed the battery out of one of my other cars and stuck it in. The car fired right up and ran fine all the way home. I wasn't going to test it though, as it took about 10 minutes for it to die the first time.

I've never had a car with a dead battery do anything like this before. I mean, with every dead battery I had, as soon as the car was running it was fine. The alternator seems to be good as well, I didn't have any headlight dimming or anything. No gradual loss of electrical either. It was just BOOM, one second its on, the next its off.

Could something other than a bad battery be causing this? Or do Soobs with totally fried batteries behave this way?

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 04:18 AM

Would check battery cables out, also check the "hot wire" that feeds the fuseable link box. Loose, or corroded connections would be a culprit here. Have had cars with the "elcheapo" type battery cables. Molded on ends for the battery connection had corroded inside the terminal end, some so bad that you could pull the cable out of the terminal with minimal effort. Just some thoughts....Tom

#3 Guest_Skip_*

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 06:54 AM

sure sounds like Tom has your answer.
Total shut down and then back to life is a bad connection.
Battery ground at the tranny?
And do look at (buy removing) the main fusible link.
It's the one closest to the strut tower -- luvs to corrode and semi meltdown the connector.

Hope it's an easy one.

#4 Guest_Wagon Wagon_*

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Posted 12 August 2003 - 08:04 PM

Seems that it was the battery after all. It tested bad at Advance, so I bought a new one. 85 miles on the car so far with no problems.

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