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COULD A IMPROPERLY INSTALLED TAIL LIGHT CAUSE MY CAR TO LOSE POWER?

1994 Ford Explorer

Car loses power, idles erratically, headlights dim when at a stop. But when headlights aren't on, car runs fine when at a stop. Was side swiped and back tail light was replaced. Could that be the problem. Had diagnostic performed and they were dumbfounded as to why my vehicle presents with current problem.
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Valval63
January 2, 2012.



How is it improperly installed? Does it work right?

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Fixitmr
Jan 2, 2012.
I don't know if it was properly installed since i'm a novice. My dad saw all my lights dimming while my car was erratically idling. The odd thing is, this only happens when my lights are on

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Valval63
Jan 2, 2012.
Is your alternator charging ok? Do the lights brighten when you rev engine?

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Fixitmr
Jan 2, 2012.
The mechanic said he ran a diagnostic and everything was fine. Would he of checked my alternator with a routine diagnostic? And yes when I rev the engine the lights brighten

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Valval63
Jan 2, 2012.
Ok, some sleuthing says you have a bad ground somewhere. Like from battery to body/engine?

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Fixitmr
Jan 2, 2012.