I fixed it now its broken

mazda
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#1

I changed out the starter yesterday. Now the car starts but only runs for a few seconds. Then it sputters and dies. Please help.


#2

Why did you change the starter?

A common reason that a car would do this is an inoperative idle air control (IAC) valve. If holding the throttle down just a little will keep it running then its probably the best thing to troubleshoot.

But you could also have a failing fuel pump or failing ignition system components. What year is the car? Mileage? What is the maintenance history? Is the check engine light on?


#3

Sounds like your fuel pump only gets power when the key is in the “start” position…Connect a pressure gauge to the fuel rail and observe your fuel pressure during the starting process…


#4

Did you do anything else? Is the ballast resistor still connected properly?