I have a 2001 Chevy Tahoe that went dead while backing up and now doesn't recognize the switch

Asked by Feb 27, 2017 at 11:14 AM about the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I cranked the Tahoe, it ran for 10 minutes. when I placed in reverse it acted
like it was going to go dead. I placed it back in park, gave it a little gas then
back to reverse to which it died. the key will turn, but no lights on dashboard.
I've verified charge on battery, and checked the ignition fuses, still nothing.

6 Answers

73,065

So what is the battery voltage you found? A fully charged battery shows 12.7 DCV and no less than 12.5 DCV.

it is 12.5- 12.6. I also tried to jump it off with a jump pack.

73,065

There is enough charge to turn it over. One other thing I would verify first is to check to see that there is power going to the small wire on the starter solenoid when someone is turning the key to the start position. Going dead tho, almost sounds like some bad battery cables, or connections. May want to look at that also.

25,805

If it wouldn't take a jump, check your charging circuit and battery cables as Rowe suggested. You may want to do a voltage drop test to starter.

would this prevent any of the lights on the instrument panel from recognizing the key turned on? the cabin lights come on with the door open but nothing shows that I have turned the key on. leading me to think that its a relay or the ignition switch itself. but i will check the voltage drop also.

73,065

The starter could be that bad that it could cause that.

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