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Mazda 6 '06 won't start

My car will not start! I've tried jumping it already, and the best I got was 30 seconds of the engine running before it turned itself off. The last time I drove it I did arrive home low on gas but since then I've put in 3 to 4 gallons of gas, so I doubt that is the issue. My friend thinks it's the alternator... I'm hoping it's just a bad battery. When I turn the key, the lights are dim and the radio doesn't come on. There are a few clicking sounds, but the engine won't turn over. I tried jumping the car a few times and once the car did start but like I said - only for 30 seconds and then it died again.

The reason why I think it's the battery is a few months ago I had a similar problem that I assumed took care of itself. The car didn't start one day for my husband but worked a few hours later when I tried it. It took longer than usual for the engine to turn over, but then it worked fine. For a month or so afterwards most of the time I started the car it took a few extra seconds for the engine to start. Then it seemed to be fine.

Does anybody have any suggestions? I'm very disappointed, my car was brand new when I bought it 2 1/2 years ago and I'm JUST over the warranty, so I can't complain to the dealer, as much as I want to. Help, please? I can't afford to take it to a shop.

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  • mlcheron Mar 22, 2009

    I have the same problem but I just got a new battery and it does the same thing Ill starte it and after 10 s. it would turn off I relace the spark plugs but that did not do any thing .does any one knows what could do that.

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Well you are right, it does sound like it's just the battery. Since you can't get the car to stay running, take your battery to your local parts store and they will test the battery for free.
If it started like that but shut off right away it's probably cause the cells in the battery just can't hold the energy anymore.
If the battery tests bad get the new one and put it in, after that go back to the parts store and have them test your entire charging system, most parts stores do that free as well.

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