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99 honda civic lx is having some unknown problems

First i have been having problems with my gas gage it will be on like a half tank and the next minute it will go all the way to E or even below E and then shoot back up... the next problem i have been having is that when i was driving the car would cut out the RPMS and the MPH would drop and i would loose all steering. i would let the car coast over and then the lights would pop on and it would make an electrical noise. after that i would turn it off and then wait turn it back on and sometimes it wouldnt but if i got it to turn back on it would turn on all the way and then just die again. We were told to check the fuel pump we changed it. we did a tune-up. the car seemed to run fine for a few weeks then the same thing started again. so we went to the next thing and changed the ignition switch. so far it doesnt seem to have much problems because it doesnt shake anymore and the air bag sensor isnt flashing on every so often. but my headlights and dash lights are still flashing. what could that be and does it sound like the ignition switch may have been the problem? what is up with the lights? and the gas gage? please help me.... im so confused....

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The gas gauge problem is the simplest problem, and actually a pretty common one. The sending unit in the gas tank has a blank spot (for lack of a better word). When the gauge hits that spot, it gets no signal and goes to empty. If it does this for only a certain level of gas, this is the problem. If the level of gas is irrelavent, then it might be related to your other problems.
When the car "cuts out" you say the tach and speedometer quit working. That means you have lost electricity to those parts. I would concentrate on searching for an electrical short. The very first thing I would do is thoroughly clean the battery cables. Electrical problems are the most difficult car problems to diagnose, so, Good Luck.

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