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So I'm on my way home from work and stop to get gas. I fill up, get back into my car and it won't turn on! I'm turning the key and it won't start and everything flashes and once I stop turning the key the needles go all the way up and then back down... So I call my mom who luckily was on her way home as well and a few miles away and we called a tow truck.

Here's a video of what my car was doing:





We should find out tomorrow what's wrong with it...


Edit: So turns out it was the battery that died....LOL. When we went to pick it up tonight, the guy was like it still had the original battery in there! And I was like ya...it was 5 years old...lol.

Anyways, for future reference for everybody, this is what our cars do when the battery goes...
 

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Wow, what a freak thing to happen of all places. I guess a jump start did not work huh ?

Mine did that when the battery died.

Hope it all works out.
 

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We didn't even try a jump start... Mom didn't think it was the battery and the tow truck guy said it sounds like it's the alternator.
 

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looks like your car has become possesed!

I have no idea whats causing it but yeah def electrical. Just wierd that out of nowhere it started doing it.
Lucky for it to happen where you did, not stranded somewhere bad.
 

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oh noes roxy! that is not good at all....... :( hope it (and you) get back on the road soon!
 

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[quote author=Tiny link=topic=134076.msg2881923#msg2881923 date=1232599808]

Love the yellow hatch btw :) Was '04 the only year for it?
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Thanks! And ya, '04 was the only year...
 

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I doubt it's the alternator - unless there's something in the computer that won't let the car start when the alternator is bad. Most cars will still start even if the alt is going bad - at least until the battery is dead. Dash looked nice and bright, battery was probably charged, meaning the alternator is working.

I'm curious to know what caused this. All I can think is computer... especially with the dash freakout.

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Nah, thats a battery issue for sure. Either loose / corroded cables or a dead cell. Might have enough juice to run lights and what not, but not enough to turn the starter over.

Been there done that.
 

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+1, battery, I've had alternator issues in my old Mazdas.
 

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I mean my mom was like that's not the battery.... And the tow guy checked it out and was like it's the alternator....
 

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So a bad battery causes the dash to go apeshit? :shock: I'll have to remember that in case it happens to me.

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yea see if it was the alternator, there wouldn't be juice at all or very little and dieing rappidly
 

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i've seen that when the battery cable was just loose. not on my car, or course.
 

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[quote author=Tim25 link=topic=134076.msg2882037#msg2882037 date=1232603523]
So a bad battery causes the dash to go apeshit? :shock: I'll have to remember that in case it happens to me.

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Oh yeah, my old 3 was sitting for the better part of 2 months when I rebuilt the motor and when I dropped it back in and went to start it, I was greeted with that.
 

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[quote author=Tim25 link=topic=134076.msg2882037#msg2882037 date=1232603523]
So a bad battery causes the dash to go apeshit? :shock: I'll have to remember that in case it happens to me.

TIM

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Yeah, it does that on my 08.5 as well. Three weeks without driving anywhere plus messing around with the headlights/foglights/parking lights (was working on the indy fog mod) equals low battery and dash freaking out when you go to try and start it. Now whenever I let the car sit, I charge the battery with a 600mA trickle charger for 24 hours once a week.
 
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