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48 thoughts on “Chevrolet truck – battery dies overnight – part ii”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Musselwhite says:

    Great channel! I would be curious to know your background (mechanical? electrical?) prior to becoming a mechanic. Are you self taught and have learned electrical from years of experience or did you have any training in electrical outside of trial and error? I subscribed to follow your journey.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Dixon says:

    Thank you Eric for the great video. Well explained and informative. I have a draw and the garage removed my seat fuse on my 2002 GMC Sierra pickup and that worked. Also my cluster panel does not work at all ..no park no mileage.etc. I have emailed United Auto to see if they can repair my cluster. I live in Kingston On. So we will see. Thanks again . Great job.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike R says:

    My 95 gmc Sonoma has that problem after about three days of sitting it won't start. Nothing plugged in replaced the battery 3 times so I'm sure it's not the battery. Guess this is worth checking I have to replace a bulb in the cluster anyways

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jerry Ylitalo says:

    Have the same issue in UPS plants, we call it tin wishers, they grow on the circuit boards.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe A. Idar says:

    Watching video due to same issue on my truck,. reading thru the comments posted about the new type of solder , how do people turn an issue like this into a discussion about protecting ourselves from harmful things we come in contact everyday, these people probably love mold in their house , Lead in their drinking water,

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lewis Cornine says:

    I really appreciate you and your videos i have learned so much!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jackson Brown says:

    Great video, thank you for sharing the info.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Big Hoss says:

    The easiest video that has helped me come remotely close to trying to find mine on my own. Thank you

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dave Mercado says:

    Having the same problem with my 2007 Cadillac escalade still trying to figure it out just been to dam cold outside

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J.R. Colombini says:

    A big thank you to you for solving my dead battery and no light on my 04 Chevy Silverado dash panel problem. It's all fixed and working perfectly… thanks to you and your video.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars S pk says:

    off the charts awesome video…you rock Eric

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cad1900 says:

    Great video brother I’m a new subscriber now!!!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Supraman217 says:

    Excellent video!!!! Thank you so much. I just subscribed.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen Philipp says:

    Well it's a little bit late, but let me thank you a whole bunch! I fixed my own cluster about 5 years ago when I bought my 2004 2WD suburban. I bought the kit and it went pretty well. But my battery started going dead this year…I measured 1.3mV across the fuse, took the cluster out today and found that it said C+ on it…just like yours…I disassembled it and found the little black spots like your guy talked about. I Cleaned it with CRC electronic cleaner and a gentle brushing on both sides. Measures 0 mV😀😀 now. will check periodically to be sure. It has to come out again when it warms up as Spedo and tach are off a little. I knew it was a junk-yard unit…being that the records say trans rebuilt at 300K miles. Says 173K now and I bought with 90K. I have not replaced the plugs and I don't see any records of that. Have done water pump, rear main seal, and intake gasket.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J B-I-M says:

    Great video

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Octavio Solis says:

    I emailed UR as i watched this video, i need my cluster repaired as well

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Who Who says:

    Was the cluster draining the battery while the truck was parked?

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Hill says:

    Great job ! Pulled that fuse and a noise I could hear ( fast clicking )stopped . Now to remove and send off for repair .
    I enjoy watching your videos …knowledge is king.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cameron Skaggs says:

    Like your video self-explanatory I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado instrument clusters blinking blinking going off battery dies I'll give these guys a call

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Rovira says:

    Bro thank you thank you thank you this helped me so much I sent my cluster to United radio and they are repairing it
    Thank again

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Tooby says:

    Lmao!!!! Classic automotive move = did i just say classic reach around on my channel sh*@ totally unprofessional allow me to reiterate so you know i meant the autonotive reach around… Ots all good south main. You kick ass anyway nobody here offended.:)

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Ridley says:

    No lead solder = tin whiskers. It's a cancer and affects all kinds of modern electronics.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HERNANDEZ 6869 says:

    Ur the man!

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars My Two Cents says:

    So, is it just GM trucks with this silver migration problem with the instrument cluster, or does it go across the board with all GM products?

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lidpopoff says:

    Awesome man thanks

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Andrew says:

    This was very educational – thank you

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeremy McNicol says:

    👍

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Timmel says:

    Wow! I was wondering why every Chevy truck that came to the M&M U – pull it boneyard in Buffalo had the instrument cluster stripped out almost immediately. Seemed to be a hot item. Now I know why…..

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Big Country says:

    Thanks for sharing

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Scott says:

    Way to go Eric on the phone call

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars onefixitman says:

    We are all happy and no jump starts any more.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Oz72 says:

    Had a bad battery cable shorting out on the battery tray. Same issue intermittent draw.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars michael sweet says:

    Great video! Really informative, and confirming with the shop on silver migration was the deal! Thanks for your work and the video !!

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BornToFly says:

    Super impressed…nice work.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jr Jr says:

    Great video looking up chevy truck parasitic draws is how i found this channel
    My donar truck kills a new battery over night none of the guages worked
    Swapped the cluster out of anouther parts truck i can leave the battery hooked up and use it as a yard truck until i get ready to swap the motor into my 68 c10 thanks

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TIMP62988 says:

    Best repair video ever !

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Tooby says:

    Almost destroys bezel when putting back on….ok not destroy but the 03 savanna and 96 Tahoe and 02 escalade of mine,all were broke right at the bottom of the bezel the thin part. I'm not a doctor. Clearly Eric is cuz he has patience….:)

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BulgadariXR says:

    LEDs sound nice but they are too bright and I regret having that done.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mrbenz10 says:

    I have this same problem in my GMC. Thank you very much for this video!!!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan D1 says:

    The Migration part I'm familiar with. It's the Electronics technician nightmare of today. Sometimes that migration can bridge different layers of boards and all you can do is toss the board. I've seen pictures of the solder migration and it's grows like an icicle on a frosty window pane. OH, and one thing I should mention. The migration can come back so any fix might not be permanent.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ken Hardy says:

    Eric, you are living proof that mechanical/electrical genius is truly an amazing and unusual gift. Thank you for taking the time to share your analytical, diagnostic, and therapeutic thoughts with simple mortal do-it-yourselfers like me. Your understanding of complex modular computerized circuitry is nothing short of incredible, and your data-tracking and curiosity are awe-inspiring. D.I.Y. guys like myself learn so much from your experience, discipline, patience, forgiving nature, guidance…..and self-deprecating sense of humor. As a long-standing 60’s era engine rebuilder and pony-car restoration buff, I now simply cherish my more “modern” 1976 Firebird Formula, 1985 Firebird Trans Am, and 1999 Chevy Tahoe. I have them all running and functioning perfectly in large part thanks to you. Even though I don’t have all the useful sophisticated tools, or certainly your diagnostic skills, I am no longer completely intimidated by electrical circuitry malfunction. Clearly, there a great minds in the automotive industry that can attack and resolve virtually any problem if/when it escapes me…..and no local mechanic could ever B.S. me. Please keep posting your superb You-Tube videos, they are invaluable. Dr. K.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JeezusIsreal says:

    On my 05 yukon I just found my oil pressure guage is stuck at 80. Far right. So I'm guessing that explains the battery draw parasite. The cluster.