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1994 grand am dies at stoplights

Started out with having to get a jump start now the dashboard meter jumps all over the place and the car has started dying everytime i hit the brakes

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This sounds like issues with the electrical system, Needs to be tested, but your desctiption sounds like a battery type of issue. Charging system puts out enough at speed, but at idle, cannot overcome dead battery.

Charge the battery INDEPENDANTLY and FULLY. This takes 4 - 6 hours on a shop charger, longer on a home one. Then load test the battery...the results of that test tell you where to go next.

DO NOT JUST parts replace, too expensive..

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