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Where is the starter located on a 2002 Mazda

Car needs to crank alot in damp weather. Changed battery, plugs and wires already.

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The starter is usually down by the side where the gearbox is , normally should be visible with two-three wires connected to it and two of them being thick. it should be in front of the engine although some models have it in the back. As most Mazda are fitted with Denso starters they are hard to spot because they do not look like Bosch or Hella unit.

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