Mazda CX-7 is an all-wheel-drive SUV and it is indeed an excellent car, but you need to understand that it can also break down just like other machines.
Every car is a machine that could easily develop a fault, especially if there is no proper maintenance. However, you don’t have to panic when you experience a breakdown because it can always be fixed.
There are several reasons why your Mazda CX-7 can break down and they include; a weak battery, an empty fuel tank, and a poor battery connection. Aside from these reasons, there are still other reasons why your Mazda CX-7 won’t start, and I will be sharing them with you in this article, along with possible techniques you can apply to fix these issues.
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1. The Battery is Weak/Dead
Your Mazda CX-7 is equipped with a six-cell, 12-volt lead-acid battery. Each of these cells consists of lead plates in a lattice and is completely covered with sulphuric acid. Therefore, when it is weak or dead, you will not be able to start your car because your CX-7 engine can not run without a battery.
Its battery’s lifespan depends on how you handle the battery and also the weather conditions. Although normally, it should last for 3-4years.
If your Mazda CX-7 refuses to start, you can perform a 12V battery test to verify if the problem is actually from the battery before jump-starting it. If the battery is dead.
Troubleshooting And Fixing A Mazda CX-7 Battery
12V Battery Test
This test helps you measure the voltage between the poles and find out the condition of the battery. This test is performed with a voltmeter.
Usually, a healthy car battery should be 12.6 volts, but if it is above 14 or below 11.5 volts, then you might need to replace it.
When you want to measure the voltage of the battery with a voltmeter, you need to make sure that the vehicle has been sitting for at least an hour after a long ride to enable you to get the accurate “resting voltage”.
Jump Start The Car
When you perform the test and you discover that the reason for the breakdown is a dead battery, you can easily jump-start it using jumper cables and a healthy battery from another vehicle. To jump-start your Mazda CX-7, you need to ensure that your vehicle donor is parked close to yours so that you can be able to perform the following steps:
- Identify the negative and positive terminals of your car battery and ensure that it is clean.
- With the jumper cables, connect the red cable to your battery’s positive terminal.
- Hook the other red cable to the positive terminal of the donor vehicle.
- Connect the black cable to the negative terminal of the healthy battery.
- Connect the last cable to the bare metal in your car’s engine bay.
- When you have properly connected the cables, you can start the donor vehicle and also your Mazda CX-7.
- Then carefully remove the cables from both batteries, starting from the last cable to the first, and keep your engine running for at least 10 minutes.
2. The Battery is Poorly Connected
A car battery is the power source of every vehicle, and it converts chemical energy into electrical energy to enable the electrical parts of a car to function properly. Therefore, if your battery cables are not connected to the right terminals, then your car won’t start.
To connect your battery properly, you have to connect the positive battery terminal first and then connect the negative battery terminal. To disconnect your battery appropriately, you do it in the reverse order—disconnect the negative battery terminal first and then the positive terminal.
3. The Fuel Filter is Clogged
Your fuel filter can become blocked with so much dirt, and this will cause the filter to become clogged. When this happens, your engine will no longer function the way it is designed to function and your CX-7 will fail to start. If this is the case, the only way to fix a clogged fuel filter will be by replacing the filter.
4. The Starter is Broken
A broken starter is another common issue that can contribute to your car’s breakdown. The purpose of a starter is to start your engine and get your vehicle moving, but when it’s broken, you won’t be able to enjoy a ride in your car.
Some of the ways to identify if you have a broken starter are that you will always hear a clicking sound when you turn on the engine of your car and also that your engine will not turn over. When this happens, you will need to replace the broken starter with a better one.
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5. The Alternator has Failed
An alternator is a generator that generates energy. If your car’s alternator fails, it will be unable to produce energy and the battery will not charge.
Even if you replace the battery, it will always run out and the engine will not start because the alternator is what generates the energy. Your car alternator can fail as a result of how long you have used it. And the only option for such an issue is a replacement.
6. The Fuel Pump has Failed
If a car’s engine occasionally breaks down, starting the car becomes difficult. The engine performance declines, and this results in the fuel pump developing faults.
If your fuel pump fails, the engine will not start. The pump generally guarantees that the correct amount of fuel is transferred from the tank to the engine’s injection system under sufficient pressure. So, if your fuel pump is faulty, you won’t know when you are out of fuel and it can prevent your Mazda CX-7 from starting.
7. There’s a Rodent Damage
Another reason why your Mazda CX-7 won’t start is rodent damage. The creatures creep beneath the car and feed on the cables and wires. This can affect your car and cause it to not start, especially if there’s been major damage. You can take it to a car workshop to change the damaged cables.
8. The Key Fob Battery is Weak
This is another common reason for Mazda CX-7 starter problems. If you have a weak key fob battery, you might not be able to start your car using the start/stop button on your car.
If you have a model of CX-7 that only has a key fob with a start/stop button and no place to insert a key, you can use the back or end of the dead key fob to push the start button while pressing the brake.
When you discover that the issue is the battery and you want to change it, make sure you replace it with an Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery. Because they are best suited for cars like your Mazda CX-7 than the original batteries. Also, it is necessary to always take your vehicle to a car workshop for proper checkups and repairs.
Ugo is a passionate car enthusiast with a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree and hands-on experience in troubleshooting and fixing automobiles.
I combine my electrical and mechanical engineering knowledge with practical skills to address car-related issues.
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