Question about 1999 Chevrolet Lumina
Over the last the 5 years every 6 months or less, the battery needs to be changed. Obviously there is something that is draining the battery, we have taken the car to a multitude of mechanics and technicians and we always get a clean bill of health. "There is nothing wrong with the electrical system". Any input would be appreciated. Oh and the alternator has been changed as well.
New alternators can go bad quickly or have bad diodes from the start . Have the alternator load tested and a diode check done on it .
Posted on Aug 16, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I remember my wife's old Lumina had the head gasket replaced and hearing about the TSB (technical service bulliten) on the engine. Check your engine oil and coolant.....if the oil looks milky (whitish brown) or the coolant looks like it has oil in it, you may have seroius engine damage. If the oil and coolant looks ok, get a few estimates on replacing the intake gasket, but don't gamble that it will resolve you issue.
If the cost of the repairs are more than half the value of the car, it's time to let it go...
Posted on Apr 03, 2009
the problem with your car is: a battery "leak" to ground (like leaving the dome light on all night)
The way to fix this is: buy a testlight at an autoparts store it will look like an ice pick with a bulb inside, then: with your battery fully charged remove the black (-) negative battery cable and connext the testlight between the cable and, the battery post (clamp
to cable end then:spike to post make sure they dion't touch the car's metal parts now make sure all the accessories are off and,all doors closed etc.next pull fuses until the testlight goes off you have then found your problem area, replace the fuse that you removed and, look in your owner's manual and, identify what electric devices are on that fuse's circuit i.e. glovebox lamp, trunk lamp, lighter; etc. then just remove each item from the circuit until the testlight goes off this is will have been your problem remember that a bad lamp does not need to glow to be "on" also any tiny vs. bright glow on the testlight will indicate by how much the problem device is draining your battery
Posted on Apr 26, 2009
If your lumina has a Pass II key, it may well be the ignition lock cylinder on the steering column. The car key has a resistor staked on the sides of it which is read by the theft deterent module. The theft deterent module issues a command to the ignition relay and the fuel injectors when it reads a correct resistance from the key. If the lock cylinder is damage( broken wire) ect. the theft deterent module will not be able to read the key. Unfortunately, if you have a Lumina with a solid shroud around the steering column, the dealer will charge you $700-$1200 to replace the cylinder.
Posted on Jul 03, 2009
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