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2012 Chevy Captiva killing alternators

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Jul 6, 2016, 5:02 PM

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I have a 2012 Chevy Captiva that is on its 3rd alternator... First one died in 2014, next one lasted a year then died 2015, then the third one died last month... Now I'm sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow looking at having (what I suspect) a 4th alternator replacement...

The car does the same thing every time, all warning lights come on, all power, gauges die, few mins later car dies. This past time the tranny kicked something fierce before it died. Any ideas on what I should do?

The shop I have had the alternator fixed at keeps just replacing it (under warranty) but I want to be done with this problem for good.

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Jul 6, 2016, 5:15 PM

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some thoughts:
is vehicle STOCK - nothing electrical added ?
Have you scanned for codes?
maybe the alts you are getting are sub par - cheap parts house models.
Check elec system, unusual draws, demands, wiring etc.

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Jul 6, 2016, 6:03 PM

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If you don't have an aftermarket, high power stereo, they are probably just junk parts. You might want to change brands.


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Jul 6, 2016, 7:59 PM

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All stock

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Jul 6, 2016, 8:22 PM

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I wouldn't know one of these if it came up and kicked me in the a** but I did find a Technical Service Bulletin that MAY apply..who knows
It only applies to a certain engines so check to see if you have it..

Agree tho, they may be putting on junk parts...ask where they get their parts from...

Charging System Light Illuminated,
Service Battery Charging System Message Displayed,
No Charging System Output

Models: 2010-2013 Buick LaCrosse, Enclave

2010-2013 Cadillac SRX

2013 Cadillac XTS

2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox, Traverse

2012-2013 Chevrolet Impala,

Captiva Sport

2010-2013 GMC Acadia, Terrain

Equipped with Engine RPO LF1, LFW, LFX or LLT


Some customers may comment that the charging system light is illuminated and/or the Service Battery Charging System message is displayed.
When performing the Charging System Test in SI, the technician may observe that the charging system voltage is less than the specified range of 12.6–15.0V and/or the charging system may not have any output.
This condition may be caused by engine oil previously being spilled on the generator in one of the following ways:
  • Topping off the engine oil level and spilling oil on the generator, which is directly below the engine oil fill cap.
  • The vehicle was serviced for an oil and filter change and when the oil filter was removed, some of the used engine oil was allowed to spill on the generator.
Recommendations/ Instructions:

Technicians MUST take extra care to prevent ANY oil from spilling or dripping onto the generator when performing any service that requires the removal of the oil filter or when adding oil to the engine.

(This post was edited by Double J on Jul 6, 2016, 8:25 PM)

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