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Dash lights turning on and off randomly, DRLs working intermittenly

Fixxed it repairing the corroded connection on the battery pan.
The battery ground wire is connected to the battery pan right under the battery.

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I have experienced where the wiring harness in the steering column was the fault. The lights would work when the tilt steering was in the correct angle. The problem will get progressively worse till the lights will not work at all. this occurs when the connector arcs enough to prevent good contact,

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