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Mazda tribute won't start

Ignition position keys is ON but no lights on dashboard and won't start. ignition switch checked and OK.

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  • Nathan Stanley
    Nathan Stanley Mar 23, 2014

    Hi, if there are no lights on the dash it could be a battery related problem. Ensure the battery is connected properly and that the terminals on the battery are clean. Test the voltage of the battery with a multimeter, it should be outputting from 12 to 13V. Sometimes the simplest problems are overlooked.

  • alex Mar 23, 2014

    Good morning Mr. Stanley. I am so sorry but I forgat to add some info. The battery is OK. I can start the car only with remote starter fob and keys must be in ON position. As soon as I press a brake pedal, the engine is off. I have idatalink bypass module. Thank you for your quick respond.

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Well the battery could be dead or the starter is bad or your ignition is shot or it can be a wiring problem call the dealer ship from the car manufacturing department or parts department to see what they suggest

Posted on Mar 23, 2014

Testimonial: "The battery and the starter are OK. I can start the car only with remote starter fob and keys must be in ON position. As soon as I press a brake pedal, the engine is off. I have idatalink bypass module."

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