Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: battery dying , volt meter jumping up and down all idiot lights flashing on and off

  1. #1
    dsny013 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 04 ecalade esv platinum
    Join Date
    Jun 2010

    battery dying , volt meter jumping up and down all idiot lights flashing on and off

    have 04 esv 170,000 miles came out to dead battery,charged it car started but when i put in gear all idiot lights on dash started to blink on and off and engine begins to stall? lost in N.Y.

  2. Remove Advertisements

  3. #2
    the cadillac man's Avatar
    the cadillac man is offline Cadillac Owners 10000+ Posts
    Automobile(s): 03 cadillac escalade
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    speedwell tn,
    This may sound stupid but have you checked the battery cables

    They can cause the truck to do some really crazy stuff

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2013

    Re: battery dying , volt meter jumping up and down all idiot lights flashing on and o

    Start with the obvious things. A loose or corroded ground can cause all sorts of sporadic things to happen. There are a number of them on all cars and I don't know all the locations on escalades.

    Have you checked the battery voltage itself with a voltmeter (& not the one in the dash)?

    The other thing that comes to mind which is my best guess without seeing it would be the alternator. If the alternator is failed or failing most cars will generally run, but on the battery only. Once the battery drains down enough it won't have enough power to excite the coils and create spark, and other systems in the car begin turning on and off. Radios can turn on and off, warning lights, gauges go crazy, stalling, rpm drop, surging, etc. It's almost like the car is possessed. Also check the cables coming off the alternator. The alternator can be fine, but it the cables that charge the battery aren't a making good connection it's not going to be able to charge. Also note that alternators don't aways fail all at once so it's not uncommon to have things seem to work and then a day later have a problem. Same can be said of loose connections. Vibration, humidity, etc can all affect whether a connection can be made one day and not the next.

+ Reply to Thread


Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum