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Old 06-28-2017, 01:21 PM   #1
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I have a 2004 Saturn Vue 3.5 all wheel drive

recently I can drive about 10 miles with my Saturn before the dash lights , power steering and alternator shuts off , I'll let it sit for about 20 minutes restart it and everything works again until I drive about 10 miles and everything shuts off once more.
The last time it happened, it just running off battery power and it left me stranded on the side of the road for about an hour

I have recently done research and everything points to either a bad ground or the body control module, I've looked at the circuit board on my body control module and nothing seems burnt up and all the solder points look clean , Now that tells me I could have a bad ground.

now has anybody had this issue and has gotten it fixed I would like to pick your brain and figure out what the problem with my vehicle.

Joe, Minnesota

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Old 06-28-2017, 02:09 PM   #2
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It would be rare for BCMs to kill an engine while driving. When you stated you were driving on battery power, are you implying the battery light was on at that time with the engine dying some time later and requiring a battery recharge before driving again?

If this is a power issue, main power includes battery, battery cables and their connections. Two main grounds, chassis and engine block. Examine cables for corrosion at battery connections and check for looseness. If you don't have a multimeter to measure battery and alternator voltages, try your local auto stores for a free battery/alternator check. Standby battery voltage should be around 12.5 volts. Engine idling should have alternator voltages between 13.3v - 14.7v. The drive belt must be tight too otherwise a loose belt may not allow the alternator to recharge the battery while applying all the electrical needs of the vehicle.

The engine stopping may be the main problem and not battery/cables/alternator related. Rule out power issues first to see if its power related.

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