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Check engine light came on,battery light came on,power surge,lights and heater fan surge and dim.drain battery.i have heard it could be cgr valve?

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If your car runs drive it to the auto parts store and let them use their scanner to get the code on the light. Once you have that you can go to this link to figure out what to do next.
http://www.check-engine-light.com/trouble-codes

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Here is a Idea worth trying! put a fresh earth th the head light return! that woud probably cure it! if so who cares where the bad earth is then, save hours looking for it eh?

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