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My 1992 Mx5 Miata just wont start!!

I've just taken ownership of a 1992 miata, its in great condition but unsure mechanically. Me; I'm a complete noob when it come to mechanical stuff - so this is a real challenge! The car has power running through it - all things electrical seem to work (lights, radio, wipers etc). When i turn the key there is an audible click from the engine bay - but nothing else - nothing turns, I've tried a fully charged battery too! The chap that gave me the car said the mazda garage told him that the ECU had given up and would need replacing - Ive changed all the fuses but not the relays.
Would the ECU be causing these issues? or would it more severe such as starter motor et al? I need some guidance before commiting to expenditure..
Your assistances will be invaluable! Many Thanks....

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First off it won't turn over without pressing the clutch in. If all fuses are good and you have a good battery and you hear a click it is possible the starter or it could be the ECU. I just replaced a ECU in my 1990 miata because it only would fire the sparkplugs after releasing the ign. switch and then ALL plugs would fire at the same time.

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Remove the key from the ignition get a 21 mm socket and wrench and try to turn the crankshaft clockwise to see if it moves if it moves try to push start the car push the car to about 1 to 2 miles an hour with the key in the on position all dash lights on eg. check engine, air bag, etc. put in second gear and drop the clutch if it starts it's likly you have a bad starter

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I have a 1989 maza mx5 can not get it to run properly. have trouble starting it then it wont pick up power, wont go above about 400 revs.

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Very often a click and no starter turning is the result of not enough amperage flowing throught the system. Start simply and cheaply; examine the battery terminal connections to make sure that they are clean and completely connected to the cable. Purchase some dielectric grease and coat the battery terminals and cable connectors with the grease. If this doesn't work, start examining the cable running to the starter and disconnect, clean and apply dielectric grease. This should take care if it unless you have a bad starter solenoid.

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