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The gas light and electrical light came on yesterday. I had over half a tank of gas. The car started several times while I was running errands, each time the lights stayed on. This morning the car started normally. The lights were still on. At lunch when I got in the car, when turning the key it seems to want to start, but eventually wears down. The battery is new (July) and the battery connections are tight. Any ideas?

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