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Bad alternator? My husband knew our alternator was going to **** out on us soon, and it just did the other day. We replaced the alternator when it went, but the very same day while driving, the exact same thing happened again; the display lights (including speedometer area) all suddenly turned off. We're hoping we were just given a bad alternator. Could anything else have caused this? Is it possible that we have a bad fuseable link?

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Check that the ground cable to the battery is not loose at the motor block or the battery. if the car stops running when the lights go out, that may be your problem,

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    The car continued to run both times, and luckily we were only a couple minutes from home.

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You could have gotten a bad alternator, it has happened.
I don't think it could be a bad fusable link, cause if it was you would have had a problem right off with the new one.
Have the battery checked, it might be bad, weak or dead cells. if that is the case, the alternator is over charging and burning out.

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Most parts stores will check battery and alternator free.

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