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The engine turns off while the car is moving. The problem has only happened at night and at relatively low speeds. It has been checked out by 3 places including a Dodge dealer. The engine light does not come on, so there are no error codes to check. When the car stops I turn the key and the car starts up again. When the car turns itself off I noticed that the lights on the CD player are blinking. I also see the brake light.

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It will be difficult to determine; however, try these:

1. Ingition switch may be worn: turn ON engine and idle in a safe place. Jiggle the key / ignition switch, slooowwly, to see if a certain position will turn off car.

2. Check the battery negative cable where it connects to the engine ground. It may be loose, corroded or otherwise not making good ground contact.

3. What the heck, install a grounding strap ($8)from the engine to chassis ground. Your negative battery cable may not be the correct one (is the "pigtail" on the negative battery cable connected or has someone cut the pigtail off?)

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