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Mazda protege don't start

My car mazda protege 2003 don't like to start this morning, i used the starter to boost the car and it's works, but afer a few minutes all the gages on the board are moving up and down (not stable: rpm) after that it's stopped. I tryed to start it with key but without succes.I need to know, if is a battery, or alternator or starter or other think.Thanks for your helpT.D

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It sounds to me like your electrical system is having a hard time regulating itself. I would start by checking the negative battery cable connections for corrosion...also make sure the negative cable is well grounded to the engine block or frame. I had a Trans Am that kept throwing alternators when I was 16. Someone told me to check the negative and after a couple more alternators I did. It was grounded from battery to a sheetmetal bracket. On the engine block no more then 18" away I found an almost greased clogged hole barely visible. unbolted from sheetmetal and bolted right into block. If not negative cable you could have a voltage regulator problem, which is in your alternator, and would probably all be replaced at once. Most parts stores that carry alternators can check your whole charging system. If neither remedies problem the start looking for wiring harnesses that have had fasteners break allowing them to lay to close to hot engine components. Pretty often some of the plastic fasteners will become brittle and break, or may not be re-installed properly by clumsy lube attendants.

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Go to an auto repair store and have them check everything. If you do not know cars, your best bet is to get it checked out rather than take risks.

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