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74 vw super beetle. died while driving on freeway. new battery, alternator tested ok. No dash lights light up. Only thing that works is the hazard lights. I'm assuming something electrical. Any ideas?

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Check the main fuses, those big ones, if this won't help take a look at the Groud wire. Make sure The Engine and vehicle Body is Properly connected to Battery GND (-12V).

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