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My suburban(97) has a few issues. Every time I get in it the time changes and lately it seems to turn over slow and not like it is getting gas. It does eventually start tho. It also sometimes has a dimmer switch(blinker) where it wont change the low to High beams. Any answers?? Maybe ignition switch? Need some idea where to start to look. Thanks

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How old/good is the battery?   First things first.  

 

Second, how good is the output of the alternator? 

 

What is the voltage when all this is happening? 

 

Easy place to measure is at the lighter socket. 

 

 

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Couple of questions.... Did everything seem to happen at once? They could be related, but could be completely separate. I would focus on the starting and radio issue first.... When you say it "turns over slow like it isn't getting gas"... These are two separate items. I would focus on the speed that things turn over first. I suspect that you have a weak or bad cell in the battery. Have it load tested. Hooking up a cigarette lighter gauge will give you voltage, but isn't going to tell you if you have a bad cell. It could also be a bad grounding strap so check that out as well before changing the switch.... As far as the radio goes... are you sure that all of the connections are hook up correctly? I am thinking that it is probably related to the battery issue (highly likely) or possibly a bad connection on your "constant" power (less likely).

 

Long story short... get your battery load tested and go from there - Just my two cents.

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got time to check it out (finally). All it was was the positive side of the battery has 2 cables that run to it. I found the computer one was closest to battery and the starter one was on the outside. This had to be turned to starter cable first and the computer cable second ????.  Alls well after that. I also had to get a longer bolt in it to make a better connection..

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