Q: The car starts but the speedometer and brake lights and most electrical stuff won't turn on but the car runs

asked by on May 10, 2017

When I was driving down the road the battery light came on I stopped to eat and when I turned the car back on the speedometer,radio, brake lights, and pretty much everything electric besides the headlights wouldnt turn on, the car would drive but once I got home I tried to start it again and it would start fine but still the same problem plus it wouldn't let me take it out of park.

My car has 155000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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