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My fuel, temp, and oil gauges go to zero followed..intermittent

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my fuel, temp, and oil gauges go to zero followed shortly after by the ammeter. then they all come back on along with all other start up lights. this started about a week ago as an intermittent problem. now today the truck died and when i went to start it, it would start and immediately die but eventually restart. it is a 2003 chevy express 3500.
Ok has a charging system test been done sounds like the alternator is bad .
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I had a voltmeter on the battery before starting and had a full charge. when the truck was started I was reading 13.94 volts. Of course, the gauges wouldn't go haywire while I had the meter on.
Ok it still can be failing. Is there any aftermarket electronics in the van? Has the ignition switch been checked?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Ignition switch has not been checked yet. I don't believe there are any aftermarket electronics. Driver is very old school.
Ok this all sounds like the electrical part of the ignition switch is shorted out causing this issue . If the alternator checks out this needs to be checked next.

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