Question about 1997 Mazda Protege
Car periodically will not start. Turn key and get nothing. When this occurs there is no dome light if door is opened. There is no clicking noise from starter. The auto lock button for the doors does not work on the 4 doors from inside or outside. When car finally starts the radio presets are gone. The auto lock works once again and all seems fine until the next time it occurs. Not the battery or starter. Is it a bad ignition switch, ECU, or nuetral safety or ??? Thanks for any help, Dave
Dave, Nuetral Saftey switch will not make the accessories not work. Sounds like a loose or corroded, battery cable.. Check that first.. If the cables are tight and clean.. Check the condition of the battery.. Sams club or Costco will check it for you for free.. Possibly the auto parts stores will too.
Posted on May 16, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This problem is caused by burnt/worn contacts in the starter solenoid, it is a common issue on all Japanese designed gear reduction starters, they (the contacts) can be replaced, go to http://www.iowamotorparts.com/index.htm they have the parts, about $15, u will need a good set of auto skills to do this repair.
Posted on Dec 11, 2008
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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.
Posted on Dec 27, 2008
typically, this is indicative of a worn out starter. inside the starter there is a coil that pushes the drive gear into the flywheel (this is what makes the click) and then there is a motor that turns the drive gear. The armature bushings of the motor are likely worn, and having difficulty making continuity. (sometimes lightly tapping the back end of the starter with a hammer will get it to work). ultimately, the starter has to be replaced. best of luck
Posted on May 14, 2009
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