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  1. Wasn't sure where to post stuff, so I thought Id try this first. My wifes SRX just did something which seems almost catastrophic. I was just driving it locally, no more than 35mph, and caught a whiff of something burning. Smelled metallic or electrical. Then I got a sensor a minute later for the ABS. At this point I noticed some "drag" when I pushed on the accelerator. Heard a faint whine. More burning smell. Then I got a traction control warning light. Then a service stabillitrac message. Then as I turned on my street, several messages all at once. Battery light came on, as well as a message that said service battery charging system, and finally battery saver active. I pulled into the garage and got out. Yep, still smelling. Got my wife, popped the hood, everything looked ok. Tried to get into the car, and its 100% dead. Battery replaced 3 months ago. IS it possible that the cascading failures are due to a failed alternator? Because the alternator or belt is the only thing that makes sense to me because of the smoke smell and electrical warnings. But the ABS is throwing me off. Thank you for your time reading this. Any direction you can give is definitely appreciated.
  2. Update: Wife usurped me and had it towed. Mechanic went through everything and could not figure it out either. So he started from the beginning with the simple stuff. Loose connector on the ecm. Didn't know it until he took off every connector and snapped them all back in. Runs fine now. I just wiggled them in, but taking off and putting them back did it. Either that or the fixed it for me for nearly nothing.
  3. Got ya. So Id need to test each one of these correct?
  4. This is the config of my engine. It has coil packs. I'm not real comfortable going this deep by myself. The test looks simple, its just the getting to it. I'll show the neighbor this weekend and see what level of comfort he has with this. I agree with what you are saying about must do the tests to know.
  5. Pull the following fuses and check for continuity injectors, ignition, fuel pump - Done, and they look and test good.
  6. Was that a rebuilt alternator? From O'Reillys? Is that a lifetime warranty? YES It started before the alternator change Your voltage is dropping down to 10.7 (not good, is the other car running?) PS, don't hold the key longer than 10 seconds Alternators have a 12 volt line to the battery can you check if it is connected, usually connected with a 10mm nut or so. YES, checked that. Have you checked fuel pressure? No, I'll need help with that, I'll have the neighbor look too, he has the fuel pressure tester.. Do you smell fuel. No Are you setting any codes? I cleared the two previously mentioned codes yesterday after that vid. I tried to restart the vehicle to see fresh codes. Codes did NOT come back and shows no codes, yet the engine light is on. Pull the following fuses and check for continuity injectors, ignition, fuel pump Buy a spark tester to check for spark. However is this coil on plug? Is that photo above of the coils? We need to determine that you are getting spark I can't find spark plugs on this, not in the usual positions anyhow. I'm believing the picture is likely fuel injection? I can have neighbor look at it and help sniff that out. I had this once with a 66 cadillac 429 at college, it ended up being a timing gear and I changed it. Keep your fingers crossed. I was consulting with a service manager at my uncles caddy dealer, we thought it was a collapsed resonator and I hacksawed it off...nope... I hate to say this but your engine sounds like there may be valve issues from the way it sounds when it cranks. Lets eliminate everything, but you may need a cylinder compression test
  7. Intitally after it died, I checked the voltage on the battery at 9.9 volts. So I went and had Oriellis recharge the battery. It started after reinstall just fine with no engine light, alls well. except during the run the voltmeter wasn't showing that the battery was being recharged. That's where I decided to change the alternator. After the change out is where it wouldn't start again.
  8. Voltage Drop_zpsczvh3hvh.mp4 Just copy and paste to get to the short vid showing the voltage drop, and a little bit of how it sounds.
  9. I took a vid of the voltage drop but having a time of posting it. So with it jumped, I start at 13.3V or so, as its turning over, it goes down to 10.7V during cranking. Ive looked at the top of the fuses with a flashlight, and nothing appears obvious, I'm going through them one by one now. Relays look good. I asked last night to my neighbor is a shade tree mechanic as it turns out. He has a fuel pressure gauge he'd let me borrow this weekend. I'm not sure what you mean by banks, but I'm guessing you'd like for me to get a close up of where the spark plugs are at.
  10. Would it be possible that a relay is going somewhere?
  11. Yes, it drops from the 13.5 down to 12.3 after cranking. I could vid the Actron which shows the starting voltage and while I crank..
  12. heres a vid. Hopefully the site will allow it. Otherwise just copy and paste the link.
  13. Wife has been sick and need her help start the car while I record, probably this evening before I can get a short vid of it. The Actron says two low voltage codes. C0899 for the ABS and P0562 for the TCM. Other than that, no other codes. It shows 12.36 Volts until I jumped it, went up to 13.5 volts roughly during the jump. While jumped, still didn't start. Definitly get you a vid.
  14. No clicking, yeah weird pseodo high pitched noise. I may try to video it in the AM for ya.
  15. Just ordered an Actron, hopefully it will help it pin it down at this point. If not, someone may want that Actron on here.
  16. Ok, just had the time to get back into it. I replaced the alternator. It wasnt recharging after i jumped the battery so to rule out that i decided it wouldnt hurt to replace. Just finished it yesterday and took the battery back for a charge up. Installed the battery this morning. It wont start. Though it has the electrical power to do it. Doesnt seem like it has enough power in the starter at all and makes a weird sound. Just let it turn over a few times and let it be. before i tried to start it, got an engine warning light. So its throwing codes.
  17. My wife said she thought it wasn't as cold, but nothing definitive. When I jump it do this test today, I'll toggle A/C to see if its squeeking running, engaged. Thanks for that. What a pain!
  18. Just put the belts back on and tried to fire it up again. Battery is dying. it turns over, but it has no cranking power and slowed down to almost nothing during the start cycle. Without doing "swaptronics" I'm forced to believe that its the alternator first, and A/C second. On a neighbors suggestion, I'm going to jump it off and start one last time. I'm going to take a spray bottle and spray just a bit on the bare pulley and see if the squeaking stops. Theory is that if the belt is bad too, then the squeaking subsides. It may make it easier to hear and confirm which component is causing the problem. But the car does have 110K miles without a new alternator or belts, so I'd garner it wouldn't hurt anything to do replace, other than as you suggested if another component is bad, don't waste time replacing belts yet.
  19. IT spins real easy. both do. No lateral movement, side to side, or in and out. Tensioners spin easy too. I'm at a loss.
  20. Ok, went out and was able to get off the belts with little drama. I pushed pulled, wiggled, etc, and everything checks out ok in that regard. I didn't check the tensioner itself. I will do that after I drop my kid off to school this morning. Belts still off, no biggee.
  21. Were in the middle of a lightning storm so I will go at it in the morning. Yes, I have already taken off my ring, put on a t-shirt, and going slow and methodical like. Now, its more like a puzzle, trying to figure out whats wrong. Kinda fun.
  22. Got the 1/2" socket and and loosened the belt tensioners enough to check all pulleys. On the left side, everything rotated. Center pulleys, no problem. On the right side, neither of the pulleys wanted to budge. I pushed harder on the belt tensioner and the bottom one freely spun. Top one no problem either. Perhaps just a coincidence that I wasn't pushing hard enough on the tensioner, though I could see slack. Followed up with a quick start of the engine again. This time the bottom right accessory/pulley/AC? was spinning along with the belt. Looked over everything this time and all were spinning. definitely making a sound of rubbing. Can't nail down which side it is. Hmmmm.