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The car just stopped one day. The lights on the inside will not come on, no radio, and no head lights. I put in a new battery and had the altenator tested. That came back good. The fuses are all good.

The car just stopped one day. The lights on the inside will not come on, no radio, and no head lights. I put in a new battery and had the altenator tested. That came back good. The fuses are all good. What is the next step??

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  • cmjm577 Apr 19, 2009

    I checked the cable to the negative terminal are was good. The positive terminal and the wires has some corrosion between them. But other than that the wires look good.

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Check the mechanical condition of the battery cables; I have seen cables more than once that appeared OK but battery acid had crept under the plastic insulation and dissolved the copper inside.
I confess that this normally shows up first with hard starting or noticeable dimming of the headlights when other accessories are turned on but you have done the other things I would have checked already so it's time to check the cables coming off the battery at both ends. 

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