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Eclipse doesn't crank + unplugged wire = ???

I can't crank my 96' mitsubishi eclipse .I found Indeed an unplugged white connector just below the dashboard at the driver's side. The problem is, I already looked many times but I can't find where I should plug this connector, any hints? Should I remove some parts of the steering column in order to found the correct place to attach the connector? It's white, rectangular shape, has 12 pins but "only" 9 wires..
Thanks a lot, Joao Paulo

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  • jpphd Oct 19, 2008

    Thanks for your reply!
    Please see here a picture of the plug:






    I don't know if this is the cause of the problem... It doesn't seem to be dead battery either...when a try to crank the engine, I just hear some kind of relay sound and that's it nothing happens...Any ideas???
    Thanks again! 

  • jpphd Oct 19, 2008

    I just removed the plastic covers of the steering column, but I still don't see any place to plug that wire... everything seems to be plugged inside the column... other suggestions?
    Thanks! 

  • jpphd Oct 19, 2008

    Thanks for the replies!


    More info: Generally, turn the key to the on position, the dash lights up and the "check engine" light blinks, but sometimes it struggles a little bit and then lights up fully. The same occurs with the external lights (Radio and internal lights always can be turned on without problems).


    I already tried to read some OBD codes with a scanner, but I had no success...the scanner shows no code because there are some monitors on the vehicle "that have not yet finished their diagnostic self-testing" (evaporative system monitor, oxygen sensor monitor and a few other monitors...)


    Then i tried a jump start, but nothing happened. (But I am not sure if the jumper was completed charged at the time I tried the jump and I haven't tried again...).


    And as far as I know, there is no immobiliser fitted there...


    I'll buy tomorrow a test light probe and check power at ignition, starter solenoid, etc.

    Thanks!

  • tony yeatman
    tony yeatman May 11, 2010

    Its not a diagnosis plug is it?Used to plug in for fault finding in dealership workshop?

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Just forget about that plug! It will not unplug without plenty help! Check the connection at the starter solenoid. Check for power, cleanup the terminal, fire your baby up! Frankster016

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  • frankster016 Oct 25, 2008

    Remove the battery terminals, clean the posts as well as the terminals. A great cleaner is 1 teaspoon of baking powder to 3 of water, with a small brush [toothbrush will do] ,then rinse off with water, let everything dry, lube the posts before reconnecting. If the prob is still there, check the ground wire at the engine, and the connection at the starter. A simple battery test is to turn on the lights and try the horn, you can tell by the sound. Hope this helps!! Frankster016

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Can you remove the plastic covers off the steering column as that plug maybe the ignition switch plug.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008

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    tony yeatman Oct 19, 2008

    Do you have power at the ignition .Check with test light/probe.If you have power at the key go to starter motor and check that you have power at the solenoid if so it should at least crank.If there is no power check that battery is ok If you still have the column cover off do your first test for power at the ignition barrel plug.

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    tony yeatman Oct 19, 2008

    Does the dash light up when you turn the key to the on position?Also do you have an immobiliser fitted?

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