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 on: Today at 03:53:19 PM 
Started by Stucia - Last post by Scbearsfan
Hate to say this but it's too late for us to say he should have done this or that. He has a 2013 Acadia Denali for which he paid $35,000 for it with an 8 year loan to pay off.

Divotdug why isn't he eligible for a GM extended warranty, over mileage or years?

 2 
 on: Today at 03:15:01 PM 
Started by chicoacadia - Last post by Speleos
...  It may very well be that with the brand new battery the alternator is behaving more in the way it was designed; and I am just sensitive to small gauge changes for the time being.  We will see how it goes.

Some folks get all weird when they see the voltage gauge fluctuate. It's really quite normal. The voltage regulator shuts down the alternator as the battery reaches its charge and the gauge gradually drops to battery voltage. When there's a demand put on the battery, the regulator tells the alternator to start working and the gauge will slowly rise again. You'll see that happen many, many times if you're on a long trip. There's such a high demand on the battery when starting the car (especially on a cold start) that you seldom see much of a gauge drop on short trips.

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 on: Today at 02:47:05 PM 
Started by chicoacadia - Last post by chicoacadia
I may wind up taking it in to have the electrical system tested.  Pep Boys charges $17 as opposed to the dealer price.  It is raining pretty good hear today so I decided to run some errands with the Acadia.  While using the wipers, the volt meter on the dash never dropped below where 14 volts would be and the wipers functioned perfectly and never slowed on any speed.  When I turn off the wipers the voltage will drop to between 12 and 13 volts, but never any lower.  Which as of now I would assume is because of the load the wiper motor consumes.  It may very well be that with the brand new battery the alternator is behaving more in the way it was designed; and I am just sensitive to small gauge changes for the time being.  We will see how it goes.

 4 
 on: Today at 02:30:27 PM 
Started by MrGibbage - Last post by Speleos
I have to push REALLY hard on the steering wheel to sound the horn. Much harder than I have ever seen on any car, including the last few Acadias that I have owned. Is it just my car, or are they all hard to use?

Search the horn pad for the 'sweet spot.' I had to do that on a few cars. If the horn pad was pressed just right, a little extra pressure was necessary. Darned air bags!! LOL

 5 
 on: Today at 02:13:46 PM 
Started by MrGibbage - Last post by cafranz1
I have to push REALLY hard on the steering wheel to sound the horn. Much harder than I have ever seen on any car, including the last few Acadias that I have owned. Is it just my car, or are they all hard to use?

Yep my SLT2 is really hard too.

 6 
 on: Today at 01:44:24 PM 
Started by tvolsr1 - Last post by GeorgeC
I would do whatever the bare minimum is to get a trade with a dealer/used car lot.

A vehicle with 190,000 miles has many other issues just waiting to happen.   Minimize your cost and get out of it.

George

 7 
 on: Today at 01:27:08 PM 
Started by chicoacadia - Last post by Speleos
...  Seeing as how a new battery was $120 and the old one was at least 4 years old; and the dealer wanted $150 for the test, I decided to go with the battery.  I had Pep Boys (yuck) install the battery and they said the old one had leaked some acid due to improper installation and venting.  ...

Why wouldn't you let the dealer's service center (or even Pep Boys??) do a complete check of the charging system?  shrug The alternator could be producing the correct voltage, but an insufficient amperage. Lights and electronics don't require as much amperage as an electric motor.

 8 
 on: Today at 12:46:51 PM 
Started by chicoacadia - Last post by rbarrios
the vehicles computer controls the alternator output.
its normal to see the voltage go up and down- dependant on the battery charge and load requirements.


I would suspect that the wipers are to be inspected.

from the blades causing too much drag, dirty electrical contacts, to the moving parts/links being possibly rusted /to the motor being close to dying....  or a combination of all- causing the slow operation.



 9 
 on: Today at 12:11:20 PM 
Started by chicoacadia - Last post by chicoacadia
Hello, I am new here.  Hoping to get a little advice on this subject.  I have a 2008 Acadia SLT2.  Last weekend, during a rainstorm, I noticed that the wipers were not moving very fast.  I checked the voltage meter on the instrument cluster and it was down below 13 volts.  After a few days of driving around town, this was the only thing affected by the voltage drop, and the voltage never goes below 12 on the dash meter.  Sometimes it will be close to 14, such as idling in the driveway; but after driving around it would still drop down to 12. For all accounts, the car drives and operates perfectly aside form the wipers and voltage drops.  I discussed this with the local GMC dealer, and they said it was probably the battery taking a dump and even if one cell goes bad it will cause these issues, but they would want to test the electrical system first to be sure.  Seeing as how a new battery was $120 and the old one was at least 4 years old; and the dealer wanted $150 for the test, I decided to go with the battery.  I had Pep Boys (yuck) install the battery and they said the old one had leaked some acid due to improper installation and venting.  So after that, the volt-meter was perfect for a whole day.  Now I am getting the same issue again, voltage drop and wipers moving slow, but everything else working perfectly.  My neighbor, who used to own a dealership, tested the output of the alternator in my driveway with the wipers running and it was never below 14 volts, this was with lights and radio on, and defroster/heater going.  He said that wipers moving slow is a sure sign of an alternator going bad, but it is hard to say seeing as how the output was at least 14 volts.  But my issue is that nothing else is being affected and the car always starts.  So the alt is charging the battery and providing enough power for everything else.  Is there anything else that can cause this issue?  Is there a possible ground issue with the wiper motor? Computer issue maybe?  Do I need to wait until the issue gets worse and the DIC starts giving me codes?  Thanks. 

 10 
 on: Today at 11:33:43 AM 
Started by Stucia - Last post by rbarrios
Why didnt you take that $35,000/8 yr loan and buy a

2017 Traverse- new (lower Trim, but 0 miles, full warranty?)

2016 Acadia- new lower trim thats leftover somewhere?

or

2017 Acadia Limited ?  (used but way newer).


The 2017 Acadia Limited are only for fleet or rentals.  But Im seeing then for sale at local dealers. They were the dealers loaner vehicles.

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