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05 Escalade EXT Charge sys lite, gage needle varies + to _, Dash lite flickers. New Bat. Sys. checked CK good by Mech. Bat Cable tightened. Still have problem. Any suggestions?

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Gage cluster issue, could be a bus ground issue too. These are not easy to fix and usually you send the cluster out to a third party shop to be checked and rebuilt.

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