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Oct 14, 2005, 9:08 AM

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Im not sure which forum to put this in, because i'm not sure exactly what is wrong with my car.

Its a 1997 Mazda Protege.

I bought it a week ago.

It has 190,000Km's on it. (Im in Canada. We done go by miles up here Crazy )

Today I went to start my car. I tried to turn it on. I got a loud buzz and then the car died. When I turn the key, it doesn't even try to start. The car is dead in the water.

Any idea what might be the issue here? I have contacted my uncle who worked as a mechanic for a few years and he has no clue as to what the issue might be.

I'm suspecting a battery issue.

When I turn the key, nothing comes on. No dashboard lights, nothing. The car is just dead.

Any ideas?


Oct 14, 2005, 9:40 AM

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To be more specific, when I turn the key, none of the instruments come on (dash lights, radio) or anything, and the engine doesnt even try to start.

When I turn my key, absolutely nothing happens.

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Oct 14, 2005, 11:49 AM

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Try connecting booster cables to your battery and another vehicle. If things come back to life, start looking for the cause of the battery to be completely drained. Things like a glove box light, trunk light, interior lights not shutting off anything at all that may be drawing on the system.
Let us know what you find.

Canadian "EH"

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Oct 14, 2005, 2:08 PM

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How old is the battery? They flake inside and when the pile hits the plates they are cooked! This is common in batteries over 3 or 4 years old and wicked common if a lot older. They are coded as to when they are made. Many just use a # for the year and a letter for the month like January = A. Etc. If this car reacts hard to a jump - jump it to a removed cable from you own battery will help diagnose. - T

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