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At times when I switch on the ignition the dash board remains blank but after switching it off one or two times it normalises and the car starts fine. Other times it switches on but will be dull and the engine alarm will be missing on the dashboard but when I switch it off and on again it normalises again and the other times it switches on well but when I shift the gear lever either reverse or drive from park or neutral when the engine is on, it switches off(the engine) and the dashboard becomes dull with the engine alarm missing. W HEN I switch off the ignition off and on again once or twice or thrice it normalises. What could be the problem?

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1st I would check the battery, take to a auto parts store the should load check it for free. Check also the alternator depending on the state you live this may also be free. This is likely a electrical problem could be in the key sw. but not limited to the neutral safety switch where the ground is lost when shifted from neutral to park which would cause the engine to stop running (die).

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