My Mazda 6 Won't Start and Dials Bounce

Updated February 21, 2017

The Mazda 6 was first introduced in 2002 as a mid-sized sedan. If you are having problems starting your Mazda 6, there are several things that you can do before you take the car to a mechanic. The dials in your Mazda 6 will bounce if the engine is trying to crank. Some common problems are a low charge on the battery and no fuel in the gas tank. You can troubleshoot your Mazda 6 to find out the problem, but a major repair should only be handled by a professional mechanic.

Turn the Mazda 6's key in the ignition. Listen for the engine to crank. If you don't hear the engine crank, you probably have a dead battery.

Open the bonnet of your Mazda 6 and look over the battery terminals. Use a socket wrench to tighten the terminals if needed.

Take the battery terminals off of the battery and pour a little bit of soda onto them. Scrub the areas with a wire brush to take any corrosion off.

Use jump leads and another car to jump-start the Mazda 6. Leave the car running for about 10 minutes to get the battery charged. If you smell something like rotten eggs coming from your battery, you will need to replace it.

Add one gallon of gasoline to your Mazda 6 and then try to start the car. If your gas gauge is broken, you could be out of fuel.


Call 1800-222-5500 to see if your Mazda 6 was recalled due to a bad fuel pump.

Things You'll Need

  • Soda
  • Wire brush
  • Jump leads
  • New car battery
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