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Car intermittently loses all electrical power, when running or not. cables appear to be in good condition and are clean and tight. Everything goes, lights, ignition, dome lights, alarm system; a complete blackout

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Check the connection at the altenator and the other end of the ground away from the battery. grounds that have become corroded or loose have been known to cause strange problems. also check your main fuses in the engine compartment fuse box to make sure non are loose or corroded

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