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Car dies and battery light comes on.

Battery is good. Alternator is good. Connections have been replaced and tightened. Starts ok, but after you drive a few miles, it dies. It will start back up sometimes but keeps dying. After it sits for awhile (maybe hours or overnight), you can start it and drive it again.

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    The battery dies if it sits more than 12 hrs without starting it.

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Will it crank over when it won't start? When It dies check for spark at the sparkplugs if none change the ignition module.
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