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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2014, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 2006 mazda 3. The other day I couldn't get it to start so we boosted it. I was able to drive it home but have not been able to get it to start since. We bought a new battery today and when we put it in the horn, wipers and headlights came on, but still won't start. My bf has been trying different things all day. Still won't start, Now the horn doesn't work, and we can't even get it to go into nutural.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2014, 09:39 PM
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If your need to get the car into neutral (to move it) without the car running you can pop the shift-lock override button out. Its on the passenger side of the shiftier box. Did you check the fuses? Is the starter clicking or making any noises at all when you turn the key in the ignition?


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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe a computer problem. ..

Starter was just clicking. Bf and his buddy got it to start today. The fuse on the side of the battery is fried. Now the power steering won't work and the fan stays running even after ignition is turned off. Maybe a computer issue? We are just trying to decide if we should take it to a garage or the dealership. Worried that it's gonna cost more to fix then the car is worth.
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You could have fried the fuse from starting to hook up the jumper cables backward or perhaps starting to hook up the battery backward. What is significant is that it ran OK after you jumped the battery but before you replace it. I would try to see what may have happened after you last drove it.
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I'm thinking other fuses are fried honestly. Pull every single one, and verify continuity with a digital multimeter.

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+1 to the above ... What's with all the battery and fuse issues up here at the moment ?


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It's cold. Pushing -40F/C in parts of the country.

I just bought a brand new battery two weeks ago. Feels good.


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