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Changed the negative battery cable and now the temp. gauge and rpms start bouncing when i turn on my signals and the car doesnt move from park?

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Agreed as above. The car is not earthed correctly. Remove the wires again, get a wire brush and clean them up. Replace and cover the ends in petroleum jelly.

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The negative cable can have two wires a thick one to the engine and a smaller one to the body, sounds like the smaller one is not contacting

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