Battery Problems of Chevrolet Tahoe - part 1

Chevrolet Tahoe owners have reported 37 problems related to battery (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Tahoe based on all problems reported for the Tahoe.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe 1
Failure Date: 11/27/2010

I have a 2006 chevy Tahoe z71. In late 2008 it began having electrical problems. Dvd player, battery drain/dead, stereo system, warning messages, and finally this last time my entire 4 wheel drive system malfunctioned both electronically and mechanically leaving us stranded for a weekend. We then had to drive home in the snow/ice thinking we had some 4 wheel drive because the light was on and no warning lights told us otherwise. We could of been killed with no 4 wheel drive in the mountains after a huge storm. I put trust in my Tahoe and it let me and my family down and now we want it gone. It has been to the dealership for a total of 17 visits and 33 days for the various problems. Even with an extended warranty we have had to pay a lot of out of pocket expenses for repairs and rental cars. I no longer trust the vehicle. I too have had the tailgate handle issue as well. 2-3 x now. Gm needs to step up to the plate. I tried to get a new car from the lemon law but I was not eligible time wise. It seems the car is flawed and not fixable. It has less than 60k mi on it. If something happens I will hold gm responsible for not taking action.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe 2
Failure Date: 05/08/2010

I purchased a new battery for my truck and now whenever I get to a stop sign or red light it goes dead. I don't understand. Everything was fine before I put in another battery. Also, while driving the speedometer needle was higher than the speed I was going and the fuel needle showed more than actually was in the truck.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 3
Failure Date: 01/15/2010

On this date the speedometer and battery gauge began to go haywire, at first they began to jump up so it looked like I was driving faster then I was down the interstate. The next day when I drove my Tahoe the speedometer kept getting higher and has maxed out over 120 mph, and the battery meter well over 19 volts and they do not move anymore. I now have to rely on a portable gps in my car to estimate how fast I am traveling. I see there was a class action lawsuit on this, but I am 3,000 miles over the 80,000 required to get a replacement gauge cluster.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 4
Failure Date: 09/05/2009

1. Normal daily driving 2. The speedometer stopped working as did the tachometer, battery gauge and oil pressure gauge. 3. Nothing was done. Not a recall not under warranty.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe 5
Failure Date: 01/01/2009

1. Door locks failed. Have been replaced multiple times. As a result, my 7 week old baby got locked in the car in 100 degree weather in August. It continues to be an issue and often I have to resort in climbing through the back tailgate. 2. Stabilitrack and traction control lights flash. Sometimes after these lights flash, my vehicle will go into "reduced power mode" on its on which is very dangerous going 65 mph or pulling out from somewhere. 3. My wipers work when they want to. . . Ever since the two recalls Chevrolet released, the work intermittently when they want to. 4. Major electrical issues with these vehicles. . . . I have replaced the battery four times and something continues to drain it.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 6
Failure Date: 12/10/2008

The voltage meter bottomed out while driving back in 2008. It alternated between registering correctly and then incorrectly until Dec 2009 when it bottomed out and stayed. I have no idea what state my battery is in because of this. I've had it checked out twice by the dealer. The first time, in Dec 2008, the meter worked just fine and the repairman could not get it to bottom out during an 18 mile test drive. The next day, it dropped below the last reading possible on the gauge and I drove it right back to the dealer. They told me that the entire instrument panel would need to be replaced. The Tahoe had over 100,000 miles on it so it would not have qualified for the proposed class action settlement filed back in 2008.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 7
Failure Date: 10/19/2008

Attempted to turn vehicle off, car making a loud noise after I took key out of ignition. Loud noise would not go away until I disconnected the battery from the car. I attempted several days later to turn vehicle back on. Successful without any noise. Turned off after driven that day. Battery did not need to be disconnected this time. Left car in garage for 2 day (48 hours) untouched and not driven. Sitting in my house eating a sandwich and I smell smoke coming from my garage. I look underneath the car and flames have appeared. I grabbed anything I could to put fire out and successfully did. Car has not been driven since. There is damage underneath the car. The quote to fix is $1800 but have not fixed yet until insurance company approves. If I had not been home to put the fire out it would have burned down my home and killed my dogs. It also would have burned down my neighbors home too because we are attached.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe 8
Failure Date: 09/10/2007

Battery began to go dead. I would call road service to get it restarted. This has happened several times and *onstar was notified on most occasions of this happening. *onstar was notified due to the contract I have with them for roadside help. This has happened atleast seven times. (using *onstar for assistance on atleast three of these seven times) I have taken it back to the dealership for help with the problem. They replaced the battery. But the real problem is the car just up and shuts down while driving. This has happened twice(I told the dealer about it)and the thing ,other than the safety factor, I'm afraid to drive the car. I travel and I really need a car. I can't afford a secondary vehicle. My family stated nor can you afford to die either!the chance of taken the life of another person,to me,far exceeds the fear I have of loosing my on life.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe 9
Failure Date: 09/30/2006

The original equipment battery, ac delco 72 month battery cracked 26 months into the warranty spilling acid onto the washer fluid bottle mounted below the battery. The acid melted the o-rings in the pump assemble for the front and rear wipers causing a leak. The pump assembles have to be replaced at a cost of over $200. The vehicle is out of warranty and ac delco is not responsible for incidental damage. Someone should pay for repairs on my vehicle.

car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe 10
Failure Date: 08/28/2006

Vehicle will not hold programs, I. E. , automatic seat positions, read out on the message center, etc. Also, if using the radio without the engine running, battery goes completely dead in about 30 min. Dealer could find nothing wrong after three hours of inspections, even though the battery drained.

car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe 11
Failure Date: 03/21/2006

When vehicle's exterior lamp control is in the "auto" position during daylight hours, most of the instrument panel gauges (speedometer, rpm, gas, battery, temperature, oil) are not illuminated and cannot be read without taking one's eyes off the road and focusing on the gauge in question, creating a safety hazard. Various features of the vehicle are specifically designed so that one does not have to remove the eyes from the road (e. G. , radio controls on steering wheel); this goes completely against this objective. One can bypass this problem by switching the exterior lamp control from "auto" to the parking lamp position: this illuminates the gauges but cuts out the daytime running lamps. An improperly designed light sensor seems to be the cause of this problem. When this problem was brought to the attention of the dealer, his service people determined after checking that this was normal operation and there was no defect.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 12
Failure Date: 03/01/2006

: the contact stated the windshield washer fluid reservoir had been recently filled. While driving 70 mph in rainy conditions it failed to dispense any fluid. The vehicle was taken to the dealership who determined that battery acid had leaked onto the reservoir and caused a hole which allowed the fluid to leak out. The dealer replaced the reservoir, washer pump and hoses, but did not replace the battery. The same problem occurred with the vehicle previously and dealer replaced only the washer hoses and the pump. Updated 6/16/2006-.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 13
Failure Date: 09/25/2005

Post on our battery - melted/fell off -2001 chevy Tahoe 4x4.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 14
Failure Date: 09/24/2005

My 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe started giving me trouble on 9/23/05. The message center never came on to show that the battery was weak. On 9/24/05, it wouldn't start, I got a boost, I went to yazoo motor's to check the battery, I was told since their electricity was off (lights were off at the time), they couldn't check it. I was told to bring the truck back Monday. I explained to them that I had to get it jump-started to get here. I asked if I go and purchase another battery from another place, could I bring it back Monday and have it adjusted. I was asked how many miles were on my truck, I told them 53,000 I was told by mark, that the warranty was off. He told me that the battery was only covered with a 3 year or 36,000 miles. He stated that if I had purchased the battery myself, he could adjust, but since it came at the time of purchase, there was nothing he could do. I left going to auto zone and had the battery tested, he (the salesman), stated that it showed the battery was good. The dot on top of the battery was green, but when I went to leave, my truck wouldn't start. So I purchased a new battery and my truck started right up. Two weeks ago my husband, who owns a 2002 Cadillac, his car cut off without a warning. He carried it to yazoo motors and he was told that it would cost him $115. 00 for the battery and $35. 00 to install, this was due to the battery being located under the back seat. His battery was also a delco with a 6 year warranty. No light never came on his message center to advise him that the battery was going out. My question: have there been any complaints on the delco batteries put in to the 2002 general motors products? this is very unusual that the batteries in two different vehicles, in the same household, made the same year would have to be replaced within a two week period. Both were delco battery with a 6 year warranty. Please advise me if you have had any problems with this product.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 15
Failure Date: 06/24/2005

Consumer owns a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. The consumer was driving on hwy 21 in desoto when the vehicle stalled. The consumer was traveling at about 55 mph. Consumer coasted to the shoulder then got out to examine the vehicle, he found that the positive post on the battery had fallen completely out of the battery. The battery is a side mount, delco, consumer has number 1-351183480 off of battery. This happened on July 24, 2005 at about 12:30 pm. Consumer was told by the guy who sold him the new battery that this had happened before. Consumer does not know what could have caused this, he has never had any battery related problem before. He bought the vehicle used.

car image   Battery problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 16
Failure Date: 05/15/2005

Ac delco battery leakagae. Second time.

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car image   Battery problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 17
Failure Date: 06/17/2004

Ac delco battery leakage twice in the last two years. Both as a result of acid leak from the positive terminal.

car image   Battery problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe 18
Failure Date: 02/19/2004

The consumer was unable to start the vehicle due to acid leaking onto the battery. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 19
Failure Date: 02/16/2003

Consumer noticed acid on top of the battery plate.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 20
Failure Date: 09/27/2002

For the battery, the positive post (side post battery) came completely out of the battery. When I tried to replace the battery, the positive terminal sparked which could have casued a fire. The washer container is under the battery, when the battery leaked battery acid, it started to corrode the container. Dt.

car image   Battery problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe 21
Failure Date: 09/09/2002

Consumer states that he notice that the battery was leaking causing the cable to be eaten up. Nlm.

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car image   Battery problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 22
Failure Date: 07/01/2002

Battery acid leaks from positive post, causing corrosion in brake line.

car image   Battery problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe 23
Failure Date: 05/28/2002

No summary listed for abov evehicle.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 24
Failure Date: 01/01/2002

When the lights are in the on position and you are traveling at 20 -25 mph and take your foot off of the accelerator, the lights will dim for approximately 3 - 4 seconds. The vehicle was taken to a local dealership that stated they could not find anything wrong and that if it were a major problem it would show up some day. The battery has also come apart (the positive battery terminal came out of the battery), the windshield washer pump has been replaced due to leaking and is now currently leaking again, therefore the washer pump will have to be replaced again. A tire has separated for no apparent reason; dealer could not find anything wrong with the tire that would have caused the tire to separate.

car image   Battery problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe 25
Failure Date: 12/05/2001

Problem: battery acid is leaking from the positive terminal. The acid released falls on pressurized a/c lines and the right front brake lines and fitting connecting the brake hose. This is the second battery to be replaced in my vehicle. This problem was found in when disconnecting the first battery (3/2001) for charging. Acid released from the orginal battery was contained and neutralized immediately. This second instance was not found until, acid was found on the garage floor. Extensive corrosion has occured on all metal parts below the battery. Dealers has stated this problem is prelavent in all 1999 Chevrolet with continuous head light operation. Two gm dealers have stated they are seeing leaking batteries in one or two vehicles per day. The service manager at hallowell Chevrolet in clovis, CA, stated that gm has been working on a new battery design to correct the problem for 8 to 10 months. The uncontrolled release toxic substances poses both an environmental and safety hazard. One failed battery may be an expected probability, although the prevalence of the numbers scene at two dealers and two instances in my vehicle, warrant and require governmental action and oversight. The leaking acid is affecting the integrity of the air conditioning system (not a seafety problem, ulness the escaping r-134/.

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