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I noticed that the volt meter was indicating a reading of almost 16 volts and had the dealer check out the electrical system. The electrical system checked OK. The dealer did check with the Chevy Service Rep and there was one other vechical in Washington State that had the same problem, Chey thinks it might be the volt meter problem. This is a set of factory installed gauges in an 05 built in August of 2004. I will keep the posting updated when I have additional information
 

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My 05 has the same problem with the volt meter - The outside temp guage is not working eather, reads around 60 when cold(40deg) and 90 when warm(over 70).
 

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Let me know when you find the fix. I think mine started reading almost full scale high (15.8 VDC) within a couple of days after taking delivery. I think there is a correlation in this, but I lost the speaker output from the radio although all of the controls seemed to work ok. Then two days later the output reappeared and I haven't had a problem since November 18th. What I did notice however is that the voltmeter started reading full scale high when the audio reappeared. I believe the problem is in whatever drives the voltmeter since it doesn't appear to work like a typical analog gauge. The scenario it goes through during start up is one indication. Also with the iginition on but the engine off, the voltmeter reads correct at slightly less than 13 VDC. The problem seems isolated to the engine operating. The measured voltage at the battery connection in the engine compartment is no more than 14.5 VDC with the engine charging the battery.
 

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The dealership replaced the gauge package today and all three gauges seem to be working at this time. The volt meter reading is now 14.5 to 15 volts. :) There was no comment as to weather this was a new and improved set or the same as was origionally installed. If there is any futher devolpment I will post the information
 

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I noticed that the volt meter was indicating a reading of almost 16 volts and had the dealer check out the electrical system. The electrical system checked OK. The dealer did check with the Chevy Service Rep and there was one other vechical in Washington State that had the same problem, Chey thinks it might be the volt meter problem. This is a set of factory installed gauges in an 05 built in August of 2004. I will keep the posting updated when I have additional information

My SSR was build in November of 2004. The Volt meter reads 16 volts and the temp Gauge works, but is far from accurate. I am interested in knowing if your new Gauage Package continues to work OK. If it does I will take mine back too!
 

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Found my problem

Background - My '04 had been in the showroom for several months. Often, when I would go in there, they would tell me they couldn't demonstrate the top function because they had run down the battery, and had to charge it. When I finally decided to buy the vehicle I told the salesman that I wanted a new battery with the vehicle, as the OEM battery wan't a deep cycle battery, and it's life was certainly shortened as a result. I took the vehicle, with the assurance they would replace the battery in the following weeks.

Meanwhile, as I stated in a previous post, my volt meter was always indicating a very high charge voltage with the engine running. I also charged the battery overnight, with no change.

Last week they replaced the battery, and now my volt meter registers in the proper range.

SO, if others are having a high voltage reading, their problem may actually be a damaged or failing battery..................
 

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Hay, Kingbee, you may be on to something. My 05 had set on the dealers lot form September to the end of December and I am sure the top was raised and lower several times. The new gauges that were installed are still working fine.
 

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After reading this thread I took the SSr in to the Dealer today. Indeed my battery was weak. Once replaced the volt meter is reading a better 14.8V now.
 

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05 with volt meter problem

I just installed a set of gauges on my 05. Volt meter read fine with the ignition on but with the motor started, it pegged out at 16 volts. I took it to the dealer who said everything was fine with the electrical system. They are ordering me a new set of gauges.
 

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I just installed a set of gauges on my 05. Volt meter read fine with the ignition on but with the motor started, it pegged out at 16 volts. I took it to the dealer who said everything was fine with the electrical system. They are ordering me a new set of gauges.
This is a sign of your battery going south have the dealer test and replace it ASAP!
 

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Voltmeter/Battery trouble

Once upon a time when working on the SSR with stereo going full blast, the battery went down.:banghead Checked the battery compartment and there was corrosion starting on the positive terminal (corrosion is not unusual in east Tx). The solution for me was to install an Optima battery. Have used these these batteries with great battery life and little or now corrosion. Lived in Phx, Az for 45yrs (heat is a great battery killer) and the shortest life on a Optima in Phx was 5yrs 2mo. Corrosion is not something we need with the fun location of the battery:jester and the length of the SSR battery cable +/-20 feet. Not sure why the Optima has less corrosion but that has been the result. This might be an option for some folks if the battery is out of GM warranty and need a new one. Changed to the Optima over a year ago. Do not have any corrosion and working well.

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Parking with the Shifter in Reverse

With regards to Voltage, I notice that when I get in mine it is 15.5 – 16 at start up. After driving for a bit, it settles down to 14.5 to 15.

My salesman told me that I should always park the truck with the shifter in Reverse (It’s a six speed). The Owners manual says that when parking the truck, it should be left in Reverse also - he pointed that out to me. He said that on the Corvette if you don’t put it in reverse when parked, it will drain the Battery. Wonder if that is true ? Wonder if it matters on an SSR ?

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I have had 3 Corvettes, all of them manual transmission, the most recent an 02 Z06, and parked them all in FIRST gear every time. Never drained the battery.

Another auto salesman myth?

Jim G
 

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Volt meter replaced WA.

03DUCE said:
I noticed that the volt meter was indicating a reading of almost 16 volts and had the dealer check out the electrical system. The electrical system checked OK. The dealer did check with the Chevy Service Rep and there was one other vechical in Washington State that had the same problem, Chey thinks it might be the volt meter problem. This is a set of factory installed gauges in an 05 built in August of 2004. I will keep the posting updated when I have additional information
I suspect it was my SSR that chevrolet is reffering to: I had my volt meter replaced two days ago,member who is saying that the battery is bad theory
sounded good,execpt,then why after R/R voltmeter is it reading 14.5-15 volts?
If the battery was bad,would'nt the new voltmeter stayed pegged to 16V as well?! You ever wonder?:confused
 

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JimGnitecki said:
I have had 3 Corvettes, all of them manual transmission, the most recent an 02 Z06, and parked them all in FIRST gear every time. Never drained the battery.

Another auto salesman myth?

Jim G
Times are changing!
You leave em in anything but reverse and it is dead battery time.

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