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Electrical problem Car died on side of road. Battery was old and alternator original. 313,000 kms on car. Put in new battery and alternator. Now the battery light comes on and the dashboard gauges flicker all over the place. The go blank then charge full to the max. Sometimes the seatbelt chime goes of. It sounds like a short or bad ground in the car. Not sure. Problem I don't no were to find the grounds, because I understand there are many of them. Or maybe there is a better diagnosis of the symptoms that are present? When the car is accelerated quickly with the throttle and the load goes up the lights go out and it goes normal. Then under regular cruise they all come back on again? Strange! I am definitely open to ideas and suggestions. Cheers, Shawn

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Try cleaning the battery cables. Get a wire brush and scrub until they are shiny - both the battery posts and the inside of the cables. coat with a little bit of electrical grease.

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