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Possibly battery-related problem with '02 Mazda Protege

My wife recently bought her mother's 2002 Mazda Protege that had been in storage for about 6 months. She couldn't get it to crank, so the first thing we assumed it needed was a new battery. I bought one and hooked it up. The lights came on inside, and the little red light on top of the steering collumn was flashing rapidly. When I tried to crank it, all the lights in the instrument cluster lit up, but it still wouldn't turn. After a few seconds, all the electronics and the horn started going crazy, and they wouldn't stop until I disconnected the battery again. I tried several times with the same result. What am I doing wrong?

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  • heyafunkyfis Nov 19, 2008

    Awesome, thanks for the quick response.



    It does have a key fob. I didn't even think about that; probably because my wife has the main key and the remote and I just have a spare key to it, haha. It just seemed strange to me, because normally when an alarm goes off there's a rhythm or pattern to the horn. When it goes off now it's very erratic/random.



    I'm going to run home for lunch today so I'll give it a try and let you know how it turns out. Thanks again!

  • causeyville Feb 27, 2009

    i have a mazda b 4000 4 wheel drive.and i took the key out and opened the door and my hazards started blinkin and the horn want stop goin off wat should i do i dont have the remote to it either

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It sounds like the car's security system is going off. Is there a key fob to lock/unlock doors and turn on alarm? If there is, connect battery, and immediately press alarm/unlock button to turn alarm off.
I have a truck with an aftermarket alarm system installed by the previous owner, my battery died, and when I hooked up a new one the alarm went off, and it took a while before I hit the key fob button, but it stopped it. Let me know if this works for u.

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