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Battery light comes on, forward motion begin to struggle, lights dim, sulfuric smell, but car still run when battery is not connected?

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Sounds like it could be an overcharging problem to me.

Would be best to take it to a Mazda dealer as you will probably need a scan tool to correctly diagnose.

Posted on Aug 03, 2008

  • Dean Roich Aug 03, 2008

    Also could be an oxygen sensor problem. Are you sure it's the battery light?

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