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My son cleaned the car, and suddenly, it will not start. I know he ran the radio for a long time, and the battery was very dead when I got home. I suspect that he got Son of a Gun in the ignition, and that may be keeping the car from recognizing the correct key. Is there any way to trouble shoot this, as the nearest Mazda dealer is over 180 miles from here? telckw@hotmail.com

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  • telckw Jul 20, 2009

    Howdy, Tim!

    Key enters and turns fine, radio comes on, most things look good until I try to start it, and it won't even start to turn over, even with my charging the battery. Could he have messed up with the computer chip in the keys? I have tried all 3 of my keys, even one that was not home when he did this.

    Oh my, thats no good at all. Does the key go in just fine and allow you to turn it or won't it let you do that even? If it wont then you have some serious jamming in the steering column. Unfortunately you will need to have someone pull it apart if this is the case. I don't think son of a gun can jam it up this badly, but it may have happened. Let me know what you find.

    Thanks

    Tim

  • telckw Jul 20, 2009

    Need to know if there is any option to towing it over 180 miles to a dealer?

  • telckw Jul 20, 2009

    Just tried to jump the car with the cables unplugged. My truck acted as if the car was not there (Very little to no pull down on it's electrical system), the car interior lights didn't even dim as the ignition switch was turned, however, the radio did do the nornal shut down during the switch movement.



    Does this help any?

  • telckw Jul 20, 2009

    BTW there is not even a clicking noise, despite charging the battery. =(

  • telckw Jul 20, 2009

    Thank you very much for your help!

    =)

    Bill

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Is it clicking or anything when you try to start it? I would try disconnecting the battery and then jump starting it with another car and see if it will start then. If not, then it looks like you will be going to the dealer. Let me know how this turns out.



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    Yes it helped. Your security system is keeping it from starting. Call the dealer in the morning and see if he can run you through the way to reset it. He may need the vin number or he may just tell you to bring it to them instead (everyone needs to make money). Sorry for the bad news.

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Oh my, thats no good at all. Does the key go in just fine and allow you to turn it or won't it let you do that even? If it wont then you have some serious jamming in the steering column. Unfortunately you will need to have someone pull it apart if this is the case. I don't think son of a gun can jam it up this badly, but it may have happened. Let me know what you find.

Thanks

Tim

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    Tim Grayson Jul 20, 2009

    Yes it sounds like something has happened to the sensor inside the ignition that detects the little chip on the keys. Its possible something got on it that was wet and shorted it out. However you may want to take a blow dryer and blow down in the steering column. That or a vacuum works well too, if you can **** down in there to try and get any excess water to move. It may be too late but its worth a try. If this doesn't work you are going to need someone to come take a look at it =(. Since the key turns it will engage the radio, since thats working you know you have battery / power. But since it's not getting a turn over sound at all then the ignition is not recognizing the key as an authorized key to start the car. Sometimes the computers in the cars are great, sometimes they cause nightmares like this.

    Good luck! =( Sorry about that

    Tim


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