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Battery indicator,interior and head lamps flicker

2004 for escape. recently(6mths ago) I replaced the alternator and belt and battery. more recently I've noticed the battery indicator, interior, and head lamps flicker. I have tested alternator, battery, grounds and electrical system. every thing checks out OK. alternator and battery are charging correctly. I found on line that the catalyst puts off extreme heat causing a surge in the voltage regulator. I am at a total loss. please help as the problem continues.

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