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ABS Light went on, followed by check brake light, engine started running a little rough. Pulled over brakes and fluid OK, Tried to start car turned over slow, and fired, Tach very erratic and at 1500 RPM. turned off car, went to restart, sol clicked would not start dashboard dark. Checked Battery pos term dirty, cleaned term, reattached term, Did removing the term re set computer? car started and appears to run fine. Any ideas?

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A bad electrical connection can cause a number of lights to come on, have any lights returned since cleaning and reinstalling the terminal? if not then the loose connection probably caused all that you saw. Hope this helps, let me know.

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