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Alternator vs starter solenoid

My car was running fine and the dummy lights started coming on. By the time I got home the battery was dead, so I replaced the alternator and the problem is still the same. Could the starter solenoid cause this problem also.

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Starter solenoids only work when the ignition switch is in the start position. Otherwise there is no power to it so the solenoid would not figure in this fault.. The indications are loose battery wires or a dead battery. have the battery load tested and check the wiring for the alternator is in good condition and tight.

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