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Mazda mx5 I have starting problems, ignition makes a series of click noises as it struggles to start?

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1st thing to check is the battery. The clicking noise can be caused by a battery that isn't being charged properly (alternator problem), or most likely a battery that's reached the end of it's lifespan. How old is the battery? Have it checked at a parts store, it should be a free service, as they hope to sell what u need to fix it. Let me know what u find. good luck! countrycurt0

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