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Electrical Gremlins 1986 300ZX. Right low beam not working(not bulb). Right high beam may or may not come on, but if it does it'll go off after a few minutes. Auxillary driving lights not working(no power to plug). Windshield washer pump not working(haven't checked pump yet). Cruise control arms, but doesn't function. Security light in dash will sometimes flash while driving. Alternator charge light flickers at 1500rpm sometimes,, but not always and it has never failed to start. Occasionally when starting if blower fan is left on starter has issue turning over. Turn blower off and she starts right up. I've checked the ground wires in the engine compartment with an ohm meter and they're good. Checked all fuses and they're fine. Just purchased car a month ago so don't know alot of it's history.

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Again, check the recall on the headlights.

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