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The radio on my car powers on and off while driving. If the headlights are on while the radio is on then the headlights and interior lights will flicker as well. Could it be time to replace the battery? or could it be a more complicated problem then that?

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Well, while the engine is running (especially above idle), the alternator should put out enough power to keep everything running even without the battery. It's possible you have a bad connection somewhere, especially between the alternator and battery.
I would start by removing the battery cables (negative first) and clean the posts and cable clamps. Make sure the battery is full of water (if the caps are removable), be careful and wear eye protection etc. Connect the positive cable first, negative last.
If the battery is 3+ years old, it might be getting time to replace anyway, but I don't think that is your problem.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011

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Did you ever solve the problem?

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Well before you spend ur money you have to chk with auto electrical regard power of battery...thnn u have to change it..
ur problem most probably is battery if not it might be some wire are not proper fit..

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I take it you mean that the radio stops working completely once the headlights are switched on. So if you sit in the car during daylight hours and turn the lights off and on, the radio does the same except the other way round (lights off, radio on). Have I got that right?
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