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Flickering lights...dash and exterior

More noticable when at night while headlights are on. Dash lights get bothersome while driving long distance. Every so often I see the headlights flicker. I have driven it from Little Rock to Dallas to Galveston and back like it is. It runs ok I feel it could use a little more rpm on idle. But I am afraid it will go out on me a long way from home and not near a big city. My kind of luck.Any suggestions on what I can try at home before shelling out money at a shop.

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  • lin_bolen Jun 21, 2009

    I checked the fusebox and the fuses. I looked for recall and the only ones were for bkolt for shoulder harness and seat belt hold down. I cleaned the cables and where they insert on the battery. Had someone put a hand held device I guess amp checker. And it was showing 12. He said is was a little on the weak side. I went ahead and bought a battery duralast gold for 89 plus tax. It has a 3 yr warranty and 7yr prorated plus free junp start phone number. Anyway, that did solve the problem. And adding 4 new spark plugs put the rpm on the idle back where it should be.

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Sounds like maybe your fusebox is having issues, or at least the fuse cradle that holds the fuses for your panel and headlights. Alternately, it could be your light cluster switch, which can sometimes begin to short out due to it's functionality (switching on / off over many years). The good news is it does not sound like a huge expensive problem. Remember to start with the least expensive options first, if you are repairing it yourself, or to go to the facility you choose to fix your vehicle with a bit of knowledge about it. They will not overchage you if you sound like you're aware of what it may be. Unfortunately, with a problem such as this, without looking under the hood, it is very hard to accurately diagnose precisely what the problem is. I'l offer this though, you might want to check recall notices Saturn may have had. If your problem is on there, it may not cost you a cent. Most people tend not to look at past recall notices on a vehicle. It could savce you some real money if the recall is not limited to a certain cutoff date. Take care.

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