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sailor1949

Dashboard lights going crazy and will not start

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Tried to start my car this morning. Gear in neutral, turned ignition on and then starter. All I heard was starter going for split second and then all the dashboard lights went crazy, blinking away including headlights even the speedometer needle was jumping all over (at least the horn stayed quiet). Switched ignition off and tried again with same result. I shifted the gear back and forth and back to neutral but nothing changed. It also sounded like a relay (maybe gear control) was chattering away. I finally decided to give up and to my surprise removing the ignition key did not stop anything what was happening. I had to disconnect the battery to stop everything.

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That happened to me before by accident while working on the car. You have a ground off/loose somewhere. Most likely the battery, the ground to the left of the battery (bundle of wires grounded to the chassis) or near the SAM unit. Check em out. That fluttering is your electronics trying to ground. IMO.

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