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I have a '94 Olds Cutlass S with a 3.1L V6. The ammeter recently began showing lower than normal position (around 10). I had the battery and alternator checked and they are functioning perfectly. There is some kind of glitch in the electrical though. When I use the turn signal the dash lights dim and recover in time with the signal pulse. There is a noise coming from my rear radio speakers sounding exactly like a bass drum pounding quite loud even if the radio is turned way down. The problem seems intermitent.. Clearing up from time to time then re-occuring again. At it's worst the ammeter goes almost to zero and I lose power on acceleration dramatically.

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If the belt is tight and the battery and alternator is checking out fine even when warm I would concentrate on looking at all the grounds. Mainly at the battery, frame and alternator. A loose or dirty ground will cause this to happen in just the way you are mentioning. This can be a long are tiresome job but I think that is where you find your problem.

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First thing you need to do is check your grounds on the battery and on the engine, then check your starter motor connections are tight, something is draining the battery directly to ground or the car isnt getting power from the battery :ie the grounds are loose. Good luck.

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