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Dash lights flicker when ya turn key and wont start"" (then after you keep turning key serveral times lights quit flashing and car starts" what do you think it could be??

The body control module clicks when the car wont start" also if ya mess with light switch something happens''

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Have battery checked, sound like battery weak or battery cables loose or battery post and cables need cleaning has a lot of corrossion.make sure you turn off radio before disconnecting negative battery cable if you decide clean battery cables and battery post,reason for turning off radio to keep from locking out radio play code.have battery tested battery volts should be 12.6 volts.

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