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Thread: Miata shuts off when I turn on the lights.

  1. #1
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    1997 Mazda Miata

    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Kansas City, Kansas

    Miata shuts off when I turn on the lights.

    Hey I recently acquired a 1992 miata. I have replaced the Alternator, and replaced the battery. It has sat for about 3 years with very little driving in between those 3 years. It just DIES as soon as you turn the headlights on, what could the culprit be? I just need some leads here. Money is not a problem here.
    Last edited by Vancer2; 12-13-2018 at 03:10 PM.

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    2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Were you able to resolve this?

    My first guess would be something is shorting to ground and it's most likely the wiring harness. Animals tend to chew through them when they've been sitting for a long time. Try removing the headlight relay and fuse, one at a time and then see if the same thing happens.

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