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I've got a 98 4runner with power problems. starters good, when turned on only head lights come on. don't dim when ignition switched on, no power to dash, inside lights, radio, trans won't shift out of park. the fuse box near the battery has no power at main wire, can jump it and get it windows up, unlock transmission to tow home. any ideas thanks

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