I have a 2008 Pontiac Bonneville Supercharger and I had to replace the battery and the actual postive and negative connection cords to the battery. Now i drive down the road it just loses all power


Asked by May 20, 2015 at 05:46 PM about the 1998 Pontiac Bonneville 4 Dr SSEi Supercharged Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

after i put in a new battery and the cable cords, it would start right up. But just a few
days later i was driving down the road and the whole dashboard started flashing like it
was losing power and it just turned off while i was driving down the highway. Really
scary. Once i got it back to the house it will only turn on if i had battery cables hooked
up from another car. What does that mean. Its a brand new battery dont understand.
Once i unhook cables take it for a lil drive to make sure power is there, turn the car off
and try to start again it wont start.

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I meant a 1998 sorry typed it in wrong

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make sure all connections to the battery are tight

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Double check all the battery cable connections. Make sure they're clean and tight at both ends. I had a similar issue with my '00 Grand Prix GT. Since I don't drive it much I put a screw type kill switch on the negative (-) side of the battery. It's easier than unbolting the cable from the battery every time I park it. One day I took it out for a drive and the gauges started jumping, engine wanted to stall, lights and chimes were coming on. It did this a few times during the drive. When I parked the car it wouldn't restart. It was dead! I found that the kill switch was faulty and causing an intermittent bad ground cable connection. Since you just replaced the battery cables I suspect that one of your connection points is dirty and is doing the same thing. HTH. -Jim

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I have but i see on one of the charges the cable keeps sliding down eventhough it is tight it has new bolts so thats not the problem

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thank you....i dont know anything about cars where is the cable connected to on the engine side?? and where or what is the kill switch..lol...

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You're welcome and thank you for the best answer click. You don't have a factory kill switch. I installed one on my car to make my life easier. The positive (+) cable will bolt to the starter. Then there's a smaller pigtail that'll bolt to the underhood fuse box, and a 3rd pigtail that bolts to the alternator. The ground (-) cable bolts to the engine. Actually anywhere unpainted is fine. It too has a small pigtail that bolts to the body. Right there on the fender close to the battery. HTH. -Jim

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