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HEAD LIGHTS WONT COME ON . BUT LIGHT DIMLY LIKE LOW VOLTAGE OR FEEDBACK . I F BATTERY UNHOOKED THEN REHOOKED UP THEY WORK FOR AWILE ?

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  • rose02 Mar 13, 2009

    THE ONLY OTHER ITEMS NOT WORKING ARE THE DASH LIGHTES & THE DOME LIGHT . CHECKED ALL GROUNDS THEY ARE GOOD , WHEN YOU RECONNECT BATTEY AFTER ALL NIGHT EVERY THING WORKS BUT FLASHES FOR A FEW MINUTES THEN HEADLIGHTS GO DIM AGAIN AND NO DASH OR DOME LIGHTS . THIS HAPPEN IF THE CAR IS RUNNING OR NOT .

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Do all the other electrical items work? Is the car running when the problem occurs? Disconnecting and reconnecting the battery works for a time, so might be a loose ground somewhere. Since reconnecting the battery fixes the problem for a little while, check the ground connection on the cable that leads from the battery to the engine block. If it's loose, it may make good contact when the battery connection is manipulated, then loosens again. So trace the ground wire from the battery to the engine block and be sure the connection is tight. Also check the connection at the alternator as well as at the positve terminal of the battery.

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  • tomsrancho Mar 14, 2009

    Call Car Talk Saturday morning. Get their number from NPR.org. The hosts are funny, but very smart. If they can't solve your problem, sell the car (during daylight hours!).

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