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Mazda RX-7: Last week I tried to start it and it had no power.

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Last week I tried to start it and it had no power. I tried to jump it and the starter would just click, I took the battery and had it checked and it was good. I put it back in it and it had power until I tried to start it and then it went dead. it sat for a few days and I tried to start it and it started, I let it run for a while and turned it off and then started it again. Today I started it and drove it to the gas station and when I tried to start it had no power. I had it towed home and tried to jump it and the starter would click and the tack would jump. I checked the battery terminals at the starter and battery. What do I check next?
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As to what you need to check... at this stage as you have had the battery tested - we will assume it is indeed good and ok...

So - first - ensure the battery connections are good / good condition and tight. check where the actual cables go into the connector fitting are good - If its not starting at the moment... have someone hold the key in the start position.... and then at the same time - you grip the cables just before the connectors on the battery and give them a good tug / wiggle... You cant see inside of course but sometimes you get a bad connection inside the connector ( try the two / both in the same way ).... If the engine then starts to turn as you do that - you know you have a bad connector / cable there / cable joint.

If thats all ok - then follow the cables down from the battery - use the black / ground one first - Follow it to where it connects to the body - check its connection -and check it the same way as above ... Then - check the cable that connects between the body and the engine / trans... ion the same way as above. This is the ground / earth circuit tested.

If you dont find the problem - do the same with the red Pos cable - follow it to where it connects to the rear of the alternator - check that connection is good...

Check then that the connector at the back of the starter motor is good and tight -

If thats all ok - then remove the small connector from there starter motor rear.. this is your "trigger" cable - when you turn the key to the "start" position - that cable should show battery voltage on a test meter - of at least 12v... Test that.. If thats ok - replace the connector - check its tight - then retry the starting. If its now ok, you had a bad connection there - which is quite common. If its still not starting - and all the other checks as above are all ok - then the starter motor is suspect and needs to be removed for further test / investigation - and then go from there.

IF you don't get a 12v feed / reading when tested as above, then you need to check the ignition circuit .

Let me know if you need anything more on this at all -

Meantime -- Please click on the OK rating to Excellent ratings service for me now, Thank you for that... and you can get back to me anytime if you need / wish..

Best Rgds, MIKE.

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