2 days later the car will not start

Tiny
SHANECAMPBELL
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  • 1994 MAZDA 626
  • 109,000 MILES
I have an older 1994 Mazda 626. During a recent freezing night, a door was left ajar due to ice(in Seattle) and the battery drained. The next day, after a charge, it was fine. Then 2 days later the car will not start, even after taking the battery in to a auto parts shop to have it tested. They say it's fully charged. I noticed that the cable that connected to the battery was cracked and I replaced the this negative connector. But still, nothing. The interior lights, radio, etc. All work. It seems a bit coincidental that the starter would have failed at exactly the same time, but I don't know what else to think. Any ideas?
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 AT 11:57 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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  • 108,477 POSTS
If the cables are tight and clean and in good condition, do this test. Have a helper turn the key to the start position while you check for voltage to the smaller wire on the starter. You should have 12v. If you don't check the starter relay and work back to the switch. If there is power, chances are the battery is bad.
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Thursday, November 24th, 2011 AT 12:01 AM

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