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2004 Mitsubishi Colt engine dies when cold

Just bought a 2004 Mitsubishi Colt 1.5L CVT. Today was the first time I drove it from cold and when I put my foot down to take off from stationary the engine died. Kind of felt like it ran out of gas as I tried to accelerate away. Or what it feels like in an old car when you pull the choke out when the engine is already warmed up. It started up again fine and did the same thing again. If I only put the foot down lightly it didn't die but it was like the engine was choked or something. As the engine warmed up the problem went away slowly and once it was up to temperature the problem has gone away completely.

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Its a faulty auto choke not sure on model so dont know if its electrical on machanical the used to be a small spring that was conected to the carbs with water running around a housing unit when the water got hot the spring contracted causing the choke to go on or off but i would bet its the auto choke

Posted on Feb 13, 2014

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    Campbell Harvey Feb 16, 2014

    Hi Ivan thanks for your help, it's a 2004 Colt with the 4G15 MIVEC engine. Model is Z27AXSSLHR. If it were the choke would it still idle nicely when cold? When I start it cold it idles smoothly at about 1500 RPM until it warms up? Driving it today I did notice that even when it is warn it has a bit of a flat spot or lag when you plant your foot from any speed, then it takes off and behaves as you would expect.

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