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Instrument panel battery and fuel cap not closed lights are inop,

After fixing my charging problem by replacing the alternator,now my instrument panel battery and fuel cap not closed lights are inop,and when the engine is running all the RPM,SPEEDOMETER,TEMP and FUEL gauges going haywire and dances.

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Ask the parts store if your Escape has a separate regulator or if the regulator is built into the new alternator.

If the regulator is part of the Alternator, check the plug-in for the small wires that attach to the Alternator. Look for corrosion and broken wires in and around the plug. If you can't find a problem the new Alternator is shorting out inside the case.

If the autoparts place can spin test the Alternator they should be able to verify the problem and warranty the part. Its not a good idea to drive the vehicle like this because the computer can be damaged by the short. If you have a separate Regulator replace it and start the vehicle.

I had a Lincoln with a bad alternator and the Speedo and Odometer were showing me covering distance at 60MPH when the engine and car was Parked idling. I would be very surprised if the Alternator is not the problem.

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