Q: Cutoff during braking, engine stuck in neutral

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Hi. I have a high-mileage car that has gone around 300,000 miles. A few months back, the issues started. The gauges and lights would cut off each time I applied the brakes. It would last only a moment. Now, the cutoff lasts up to ten seconds. Also, when I give it gas, there is noise in the engine and as if it is stuck in neutral and there is no increase in speed. Do you have any idea what is causing this? What should I check first? Thanks.

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