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Subject:  Re: car won't start Date:  3/16/2013  12:03 PM
Author:  GeeBeeNC Number:  69907 of 73165

Mazdas of this era are known for ignition switch weight fatigue. This phenomenon is caused by too much weight on the key ring pulling down on the ignition switch thus causing no continuity. Try wiggling the key to see if it starts. If so, replace the switch and then lightening your key rings to prevent recurrence.

Since he says nothing happens when he turns the key this diagnosis is likely. The other probable cause is a loose battery cable, likely the connection at the starter.

ON the radiator issue. Does it have a plastic top that was black but is now a OD green? If so you should get it changed soon as a catastrophic failure is possible and a leak in the near future is likely. If your son didn't mention the starting difficulty he may neglect "slight" overheating,

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