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gloria

gloria 3/17/2010

1991 Mazda MX-6 GT 4 Cyl 2.2L

Engine

why won't my engine turn on when I put the key and turn it in the ignition?

my car has light, power and the radio goes on.

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gloria

gloria 3/17/2010

why can't anyone answer this question??????? what is the purpose of signing on to this web site???? If you cannot get a simple answer from anyone?

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RC

RC 3/17/2010

Sorry Gloria, maybe I can help. Sometimes the battery will power the accessories but not start the car. You need to verify that the battery is good and also check the battery cables for a loose connection and corrosion. How old is the battery?

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92bimmer

92bimmer 3/17/2010

I agree with RC. Had that happen a few times where the battery had enough power to allow accessories to turn on but not enough for the car to start or even make a attempt to.

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gloria

gloria 3/17/2010

I think I bought a new one on 7/13/01.

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gloria

gloria 3/17/2010

RC what is the lifetime of a top of the line battery? I will take the battery out and take it to be checked but if the battery is still good. What other reason may it be that my 1991 MX6 Mazda does not start. Also when I put the key in the ignition and turn it I only hear a click in the engine. Your answer will be appreciated. Thank you.

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RC

RC 3/17/2010

Most batteries do not last that long (3 to 5 years is an average). Let me know how the battery checks out.

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HouseCallAuto

HouseCallAuto 3/17/2010

I agree Goria, and we can all state with 100% accuracy that if you really have had that battery in your vehicle since 07/13/01, the battery is in need of replacement no matter what.

Kevin

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john

john 3/18/2010

if not the battery need to check the starter wires make sure have good conection

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Backyard Mechanic Richard

The clicking sound indicates that the starter is not getting enough electric current to turn it over. More than likely, it is the battery because of the age. Other causes could be the wiring and check the chassis ground wire for corrosion. A wire that has only one strand( instead of eight) connected will light up your lights, but will not have enough current carrying capability to turn over a starter. Corrosion buildup on the battery terminals will also be a problem. They need to be cleaned even before installing a new battery.

I recently had a problem where my battery went dead even though it was fairly new. Final analysis was that my air-conditioning relay was stuck in the closed(operating) state and when I turned off the engine, it continued to pass electricity to the condenser, thus draining the battery. The fix was to replace the relay.

See if you can get a jump-start to get the engine to run. That will tell you if it is the starter or not.

Back-yard mechanic Richard

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mrfixit-13

mrfixit-13 4/2/2010

Starter - Battery - Ground. It's been two weeks bet she's going.

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retired auto teacher

Make sure car is in Park! If so clean battery terminals.

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jeepguyracing

jeepguyracing 4/4/2010

she would be back by now if she was not up and running.

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