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The gauges on my car dont work and the heat dont work

Before the gauges would work when i turn the heat on high, now for some reason the heat stopped working and the gauges dont work. The gauges shoot up when i start it but then go right back down. The check engine light comes on and sometimes the airbag light comes on but about a month ago everything was working just fine so i just dont understand it. I had two mechanics look at it and they said they cant figure out whats wrong with it. If you could help i would greatly appreciate it......Thanks

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This may be related to a loose battery cable or alternator concern, low voltage can cause these concerns as well as an alternator problem, also this could be related to the body control module, Go to a Kragen, Auto Zone and have the battery and alternator tested, it's free, let me know the results.

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try to replace the ignition switch mine went bad and either things didnt come on or all the dash lights would stay on

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