Question about 2006 Mazda Tribute
Intermittent problem on starting cold or warm. battery 1yr old and holding charge. 2weeks ago replaced plugs at dealer with Bosch Plats. Starting problem occurred in last 48 hours sometimes when occurs, cranking is slow and truck struggling to turn over, and wont catch. Or when problem occurs dash board flashes, needles/guages flicker then go to zero, no cranking happening, seems like dead battery (but battery tested and no problem). Suspect somewhere between solenoid or starter and ground... need some help to diagnose. Can it be as simple as a fuse? clutch pedal switch? faulty ignition coil?
The intermittent nature is the challenge. example: 8hours after cold, starts no problem, or doesnt. 2 min after warm and 3 successful starts, then nothing. Wait for 5 min, then restart and it will turn over. If it doesnt turn over, all electrical flashes, odometer will reset, dash flash, etc. Sometimes attempt to turn over, then click-click-clicking as dash flashes and have heard a single hard stall/clank from the engine (like its not aligned or starter cant get it to go). 5 min later, turn ignotion key for 30 seconds, then it will start with some hesitation and drag but will start and turn over...
I can think of 2 possibles,it could be a bad battery cable or an intermitent short in the starter solenoid, check or have the battery cables and there connections on both ends first not only are they a cheaper fix but the problem you describe sounds like a current flow issue.Test them with or have them tested with an ohmmeter they should show o ohms resistance,and while not attributed to the problem I do not reccomend using Bosch spark plugs of any variety,the best plugs for any Japanese vehicle are NGK's,this comes from my personal experience with them and other techs that I have worked with.
Posted on May 09, 2009
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