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Starting problems with my Mitsubishi Carisma 1.8 1997

Having som problems starting my Mitsubishi Carisma for the last month. A few times it starts perfectly, and some times it dosn't start at all. The startermotor always works, but it seems like it struggles to turn the engine for more than 5 sec. And the more I try to get it started, the harder it gets.
Other times it starts, but runs only for exact 4 seconds. And each time I restart it - I'll get it to run 4 seconds more.

Do you have any good explination for my problem? Could it be the ECU? - Tried starting the car without the ECU, and it run for 4 sec even without it.

Please help...

- Thorbjorn -

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