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Stalls out when i press on brake or turn signal on

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  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters May 11, 2010

    are you getting a low charge light or signal for the dash cluster?

  •  Ben S.
    Ben S. May 11, 2010

    Sounds like you might have an electrical short. Can tend to be very problematic. It sounds like the power needed to ignite your spark plugs is being deferred to your blinkers or your brake lights when in use.

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Check your ground wires and cables in the engine compartment. Look at the cables connected to the negative in the battery. One goes to the alternator see if its loose or corroded. The engine should be grounded to the car, if anything install new ground cables. There is also a cable that goes from the (-) on the battery to the car body, check them all.

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