My car won't start now - rev count dropped to zero, now it won't fire

Tiny
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  • 1991 MAZDA MX5

Help! My poor little car just died while driving home on the motorway last night! Rev count dropped to zero yet the car was technically still on - I turned it off, then tried to turn the car back on and it's turns over, but won't fire :(

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Friday, September 7th, 2012 AT 4:16 PM

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Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

You need to find out what is missing causing the non-starting.

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Friday, September 7th, 2012 AT 4:34 PM
Tiny
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I know next to nothing about cars - basically I'm trying to prepare myself for the worst for when I get it to a mechanic, so that when/if he tells me its going to cost an arm and a leg, I'm not going to embarrass us both by crying in his workshop! What could be the likely cause? (No point in trying to tell me how to fix it, haha! I wouldn't have the first clue!)

I filled her right up the day before - So before you ask me (like my insurance company did - argh) petrol is a-plenty!

Thanks and apologies in advance - being so clueless when it comes to cars is definitely not a good thing.

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Friday, September 7th, 2012 AT 4:34 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for replying - as soon as daylight comes in my side of the world I'll check fuses. As for the rest of it, I wouldn't have a clue where to start!

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Friday, September 7th, 2012 AT 4:38 PM
Tiny
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Without any idea what could be wrong, the possibilities are too long to list so if one opinion you get seems to be too expensive, get a second one.

You can let us know what the mechanic says and we advise on the type of work required.

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Friday, September 7th, 2012 AT 4:39 PM
Tiny
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That would be great - thank you for your help. When I get told what it is + the cost, and on the proviso that I don't have a heart attack, I'll definitely take you up on that!

(Sorry for wasting your time with absolutely no info either!)

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Friday, September 7th, 2012 AT 4:48 PM
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You're are welcome and don't worry about asking questions.

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Friday, September 7th, 2012 AT 4:53 PM

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