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Dash lights keep flashing engine boggs down 2004 olds silloutte what's wrong with it. Changed alternator and battery now power steering is out too

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    Jamie Hammond May 22, 2016

    Got it fixed. It was a faulty alternator and loose connection. Just ironically,my power steering pump went out at the same time.



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What light flash??

Posted on May 20, 2016

Testimonial: "All the lights on the dash flash on and off. The low coolant light flashes, and when it does the engine boggs down. Even the headlights flicker."

  • Marvin
    Marvin May 21, 2016

    You may have a corroded or loose connection in the power distribution box under the hood. Also check the battery and the alternator output, most auto parts stores like Autozone do this test for free



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