Question about 2006 Mazda 3
You first need to determine if the starter solenoid is good. Rub a jumper cable from the positive battery terminal to the large pole on the solenoid - the solenoid is the small cylinder mounted to the starter. Now take a flat blade screwdriver and cross it from the large terminal with the jumper cable on it to the small terminal next to the large on the solenoid. If the starter engages then your solenoid / starter assembly is good and the problem may be either the neutral safety switch or the mechanical ignition switch. The neutral safety switch is typically mounted to the transmission and sometimes can be bypassed, but not always - I had an old Dodge truck that the safety switch could not be bypassed. The ignition switch is mounted to the top of the steering column and you will need to lower the column from the dash to gain access to it. A chiltons repair manual can guide you to the location of your Safety switch and should have test procedures listed for both components or you can go to
and pay a fee for the information. I recommend you print out all the info you need from alldata as it is a single access license you pay for. If the solenoid test does not activate the starter then you will need to replace the solenoid and / or starter solenoid combination.
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Posted on Nov 29, 2010
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