1991 wont crank

Asked by Jun 02, 2019 at 03:51 AM about the 1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi, so I recently bought a 1991 Mazda Miata
and it will not turn over. It has a fully charged
battery and the dash works, headlights, ac,
radio all that stuff but when I turn the key
over there’s nothing. No click no nothing I
need some help getting it going. Thank you

1 Answer


If everything goes dead when you try to start it I'd suspect a bad battery cable connection. Check both ends of the battery cables. Make sure everything is clean and tight. If your lights and everything stay nice and bright when you try to start it I'd suspect a bad starter or bad neutral safety switch. Hit the starter with a hammer a few times. If that gets you going it's the starter. Try moving the shifter through all the gears quickly, if an automatic transmission, a few times and try starting it in neutral. Or if a stick shift try pressing and releasing the clutch a few times. If that gets you going it's a bad neutral safety switch, automatic transmission, or clutch safety switch, stick shift. Hope that helps! Jim

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