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    Eletrical question

    My 03 grand prix when I go to start it in the morning clock is reset it almost dosn't have the power to start battery is only two months old should I be looking for a new alt the alt is only two years old

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    Check all the connections for corrosion. Some baking soda and water will clean them up if there is any.

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    Yepp ensure your battery terminals are good and tight and clean....
    Make sure the connections on the alt are good and tight also.
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    You can take all of it off and take it to murray's/oreilys/advanced autoparts/pep boys, they do it fro free. I would suggest taking each to a couple of them, sometimes places like autozone don't know what they are doing and can screw the test up.

    I suggest taking them both because a shot alternator can ruin a battery.

    I would do all of this on top of the other suggestions.

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    thanx guys ill check the connections first an if it happens again go get them checked

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    really sounds like a loose or corroded connector to me if the battery is new. Don't just go by the looks of the connector either. Take it off the battery and check the actual wire too. I've seen them corrode back up into the insulator.

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    So far everything lookg good

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    Agreed. My $$$ is on a connection issue, if the battery and alt check good. Most likely battery connection/corrosion, but I've seen corrosion "up the cable" also. If that is the problem, change the whole cable, don't try to fix it. Don't ask me how I know....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
    Agreed. My $$$ is on a connection issue, if the battery and alt check good. Most likely battery connection/corrosion, but I've seen corrosion "up the cable" also. If that is the problem, change the whole cable, don't try to fix it. Don't ask me how I know....
    That"don't ask me how I know"seems like a story comes with it.

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    ^^^you got that right. I've been burned with an intermittent electrical issue in the past, only to learn that the positive battery cable had high resistance. Car came back with similar issues that you report, and the battery and alternator would check out ok.

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    If it has a double positive battery cable make sure to take it completely a part. Common problem with GM's. Don't rule out the battery just because it's new. N.E.W= never ever worked.

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    Well this car had a monster system in it for a few years before I gave it to my mom it had 3 15" kicker cvx 1100 watts rms each pushing with a audiobahn htc2400 wired down to .67 ohm's it was pullin just about 3000 out of the amp with minamal prob an 1000watts to the doors which were Boston acustics comp all the way around an a alpine 7" flip out screen an I spent lots of time in the car wit the system at stupid levels I still to this day have a ringing in my ears the new battery never seen the system but the alt seen it for almost two years an ever since I put that alt in it the dash lights pulse

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    ok so since i have bought my TA i gave the grand prix to my mother cause she has never had a nice car before,an it has been having these electrical problems.
    after i bring the alt an bat to get tested and find out they are both shot the alt only tested at 8.5 volts an the bat had a blown bank,she then tells me oh by the way i needed a jump before all this happen an someone put the cables on backwards..........................thanx mom $120 for a battery and $210 for a alternator

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    ^^^there ya go. An electrical problem caused by someone who jumpstarted with the polarities reversed.

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    Always getting screwed by someone just trying to help. How come the smart people never show up, guess you can be glad the battery didn't blow up and the burn the face off that person, then they try to sue ya. lol 330 sounds cheap now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by croslod View Post
    Always getting screwed by someone just trying to help. How come the smart people never show up, guess you can be glad the battery didn't blow up and the burn the face off that person, then they try to sue ya. lol 330 sounds cheap now.
    Now that you put it that way I can live with the $330

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