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I believe I have a unique situation, however I am hoping somebody can help.

The headlights ( including the interior lights ) on my '99 SE will periodically cut out for a split second.
It looks like I am flashing my headlights at random, when I am travelling on the highway.
The lights are not flickering, as if they were loose, but more of a deliberate on / off type of flicker.

I have replaced the altenator and the multi-function headlight switch, but the problem is still there.
Does anyone know what this could be?
 

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I also have a 99 SE wagon with the same problem. It is not
a surge but an excessive load whenever the A/C compressor
cycles. I bought it new and took it in 3 times to have it checked
only to be told by the ******** at the dealer that it WAS NORMAL.
When I informed them of the multitude of vehicles that I had owned
that did not exhibit this behavior, they had no response. The problem
seems to be RPM related, mostly occuring under 2000 RPM. It would
seem to be an IAR ( regulator ) problem but the dealer says no. It
is very odd that a 130 amp alternator cannot supply enough current
for the car, which again points to the IAR. I work at the plant that used
to manufacture these devices, in fact working in this department. We
lost the contract to Philips and I believe that it is the Philips part that
is not adjusting to the increased load fast enough.
In my case, the lights dim dramaticallyand recover in about a
second. I can tell you that driving windy country roads can get
real hairy when this happens ! I have no clue as to the solution.
FORD was no help at all
 
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