my 1990mazda protege manual wont start.

Asked by Jun 06, 2013 at 06:42 PM about the 1990 Mazda Protege 4 Dr LX Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

with clutch depressed turn key  car cranks once then goes off .  tried pumping clutch so to catch correct position used to work doesnt  any more tried so many times battery died

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I would clean up the battery connections first. If the battery is dead, take it to a parts house and have it tested and recharged - do not try to charge it by jump-starting the car and letting it run for a long time unless you want to end up buying a new alternator soon too. That's where I'd start first.

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If the engine is turning over only once and then followed by a clicking sound then it's most likely a battery/alternator issue. If it's continuing to turn over then it's most likely a fuel delivery problem (Bad pump, clogged filter etc...) If it's safe to do so (and you can get the car back to where you park it) try a bump start.

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try adjusting clutch slave cylinder travel. if you are at the limit travel sometimes loop is open and or closed. read manual how to test it, and or adjust that

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