i have a 95 chevy c1500 v8 200k plus miles. new battery. seems to short out and die, and wont restart. when key is turned on the amp gauge barely moves up. ive tried fumbling with the obvious wires (+ - wires etc) with no change. its done this once before. i let the truck sit for about a month then bought a new batt and problem went away. today while driving it died, with the same symptoms. also ive notice that when driving the blinkers make the amp gauge fluctuate down with every flash. thanks in advance for response

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Asked by Just Larry Nov 04, 2014 at 11:01 AM about the 1995 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Silverado Stepside RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have a 95 chevy c1500 v8 200k plus miles.  new battery.  seems to short out and die,
and wont restart.  when key is turned on the amp gauge barely moves up. ive tried
fumbling with the obvious wires (+ - wires etc) with no change.  its done this once
before. i let the truck sit for about a month then bought a new batt and problem went
away.  today while driving it died, with the same symptoms.  also ive notice that when
driving the blinkers make the amp gauge fluctuate down with every flash. thanks in
advance for response

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it almost seems like previous owner had an alarm system and unhooked it and left a bare wire or something

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"While driving it died." Have you had the alternator checked?

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not yet. the battery is still strong and engine turns over fine but amp gauge doesn't move when cranking.

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ok, i think ive narrowed it down to no power at ign coil. what next?

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I agree with ol boy alternator

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On my truck the gauges mess up but is that the sending unit

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I replaced battery, alternator, new hot and ground wires, tested ground continuity, had the fuel pump out looking for damaged wires, rechecked all ground connections, my gauges fluctuate with blinkers and headlights dim with blinkers brakes and radio. Ive all but gave up on fixing.

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If the heat radio and wipers are all on i almost dont have headlights

Have your alternator tested at like Autozone. I have bought bad ones before because they seem to all be refurbished

You can tap it and get it to function when it first starts to fail.

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