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When Driving All the lights start dimming out and stop working.

When trying to start the car it will not start. when jumped starts on the first try. Nothing electrical works. its like the battery died. but its fine.

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Check fuses first then have the alternator checked for amps out/ Please rate my response thank you very much

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