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Car's dashboard warning lights, miles/hr & gas gauges are not working

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Look under the hood at the battery and trace the ground wire(s)...there should be 1 large one and 1 smaller one ..the smaller one is usually for the body ground connection and will become defective some times...this problem exhibits a bad ground connection from the battery and is very common...if you don't have a smaller wire then follow the mauin ground lead to where it connects and check it for corrosion...maybe unbolt and clean the area, then re-attach

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