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Mitsu Magna Wagon 98 - Unidentified Electrical Issue

Mitsubishi Magna (not in list and note this is Australia) 1998 Wagon. There seems to be an intermittant electrical fault, my guess is that it is air conditioner related. We'll be driving down the road and there is a sudden loss of power, so something is tripping. I wish to know if there is a known issue for Magnas. We've done the "wiggle test". Would the plugs incur a problem like this? Our local mechanic hooked up an electrical box made with led lights to several possibilities with no result. I'd like to get to the heart of the problem to save money.

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    paxxy1 Jan 30, 2009

    No sputtering, nothing, just drops cold and it's all we can do to coast to the side of the road. Engine dies, internal lights everything shuts off dead. After 30 minutes or so we can start the car up again. When we get the car towed to the mechanic, he starts it right up the next morning.

  • Romel Edmondson
    Romel Edmondson May 11, 2010

    How do u know that there is a loss of power? what symptoms do u get

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This sounds like a brainer. But if u would like to verify that there is loss of power, u can get a mechanic to execute a compression test on each cylinder to c wut the problem is. This is hard to daignose online. This sounds like something that u have to be there to diagnose if u know wut i mean

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