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2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT Won't Start?

My car won't start and this is everything I've haddone to it. It won't crank but I have a new battery, workingheadlights, radio, all the accessory lights come on when I turn thekey, but nothing happens beyond that. Can anyone tell me what might bewrong and how do I troubleshoot it? Could it be the crank sensor andhow can I check it?

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  • lifeloverfl Nov 24, 2008

    Where are the two large terminals you are referring to?

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Could very well be a security system failure telling the computer that the vehicle is being stolen. I had the same issue with my jeep and there was a wire i had to ground out to bypass the alarm system. look into that

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There are a number of other things that could be at fault. You say it's had a starter relay? Have you tried shorting the relay accross the 2 large terminals? This will connect the starter motor direct to the positive side of the battery. If the engine turns over then it may be a missing live feed from the ignition switch. When you turn the ignition to the start position do any of the lights on the dash go out? Like the engine management light or the charging light. If not then again it could be the feed from the ignition switch or maybe just a bad connection on the starter motor itself. Another possibility is the immobilisor isnt recognising the transponder inside your key fob. But this is rare although still a possibility, The transponder is a tiny chip that sits next to the key & when you insert your key into the ignition barrell there is a pick up coil that is wrapped around the barrell & this picks up the code that is unique to your immobilisor. If the signal is interuppted or not the same as originally programmed then the immobilisor thinks the wrong key has been inserted & it shuts down the starter,fuel & ignition circuits. If you have a spare key i would try that instead. One way of ruling out the immobilsor being at fault is to listen out for a faint buzzing noise coming from the fuel pump when you switch on the ignition. With the engine not running this should last 3 or 4 seconds. But this doesnt apply to older vehicles, only fuel injected. The last resort is to have the car plugged in & have a diagnostic check done on the managment system. But obviously as it wont start then it will have to be taken to a garage..

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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    Gary Bevan Nov 24, 2008

    The 2 terminals are on the bottom of the relay. Im not 100% positive but you may find there are 4 or 5 terminals altogether. The 2 you need will be bigger than the rest, The relay should be located in the fuse box proberly in the engine bay but could possibly be under the dash inside the car.Your owners manual should show you the location & which relay to look for.

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The same thing is happenening to me, starter is fine, transmission oil is fine, recently did a car oil change. New head casket cover. New battery, and new idle sensor you name it, i dont know whats wrong with the car. When you turn it up, it starts up with a good crank but it will die after 2-3 seconds after turning it on. The only way i can keep it alive its if give it some gas, and keep my fot in the pedal but keeping it at 2,500 or 2,000 rpm. please help, any suggestions?

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  • robert Feb 24, 2012

    The same thing is happenening to me, starter is fine, transmission oil is fine, recently did a car oil change. New head casket cover. New battery, and new idle sensor you name it, i dont know whats wrong with the car. When you turn it up, it starts up with a good crank but it will die after 2-3 seconds after turning it on. The only way i can keep it alive its if give it some gas, and keep my fot in the pedal but keeping it at 2,500 or 2,000 rpm. please help, any suggestions?

  • Adam Cotter Apr 25, 2013

    cam sensor. cheap n easy.

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Its most likely your starter. YW

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