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  • avatar mz6greyghost 10/03/10 10:36 am PST

    Sounds like you need a new battery.

    Despite the fact that the lights may work, the battery (if it's OEM) is over 5 years old, and may not have enough power to effectively start the car, since it uses a LOT more power than just the lights. Also, the gauge needles on the Mazda6 can (and will) go crazy and you'll hear a distinct clicking sound when you try and start a weak battery.

    Try replacing the battery first before wasting time (and $$$) on anything else.

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  • mz6greyghost 10/03/10 10:36 am PST

    Sounds like you need a new battery.

    Despite the fact that the lights may work, the battery (if it's OEM) is over 5 years old, and may not have enough power to effectively start the car, since it uses a LOT more power than just the lights. Also, the gauge needles on the Mazda6 can (and will) go crazy and you'll hear a distinct clicking sound when you try and start a weak battery.

    Try replacing the battery first before wasting time (and $$$) on anything else.

  • soright 10/06/10 12:21 pm PST

    Dear Greyghost,

    Just wanted to thank you for your advice. Replaced the battery and that, indeed, did the trick. Have started many a bad battery car and never experienced such bizaar behavior. You saved me a ton of time and money. Thanks for the friendly advice. Hope you have a great day. Jerry

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