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Intermittent electrical problem

I started my car the other day, after going to the store, and the radio did not immediately come on (the clock was blank). It came on after a couple of minutes.

Then it was running and my husband rolled down his window and the radio went off and the controls for the window didn't work; also, the gas gauge and temp gauge weren't working, but the odometer and tachometer were. Where would I look for this electrical problem?

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Try checking the ignition switch. Sometimes the internal contacts for the thick (aprox. 10ga) pink, dark green, or orange wires start to wear out. Check to see if you have power to all three when the key is in the on position. Seems like you might be losing power intermitantly on one of these. I've fixed this problem before by taking the switch apart and cleaning the contacts with 400 grit sand paper, but it takes a little skill. There are a few springs and tiny parts that can get lost. You can also replace the whole switch if you dont want to bother yourself with all the tiny pieces.

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