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Power door locks, radio and clock will not work. What can I do?

Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder 2001

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  • Dennis White Apr 26, 2017

    I've come across a few other people with similar problems in different vehicles. Most of the problems seem to point to the wiring harness/improper installation of a new radio. I'm sorry I didn't ask if there was anything new going on, like a radio upgrade (for example), before answering your question. If the fuses are good, it makes sense to check out the two remaining options, the wiring and the ignition switch, that are common to all of your problem items.

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2017

    This is cited from a similar problem on Mitsubishis several years ago:

    "This is as a result of a short occurring most likely in the radio harness.

    It happened me while working on a customers car. In my case checked all fuses and they all appeared fine, both those under the hood/bonnet and those underneath the steering wheel.

    After studying the workshop electrical schemmatics for the car it appears that the clock, interior lights, central locking receiver and radio permanent live/battery are all on the one line.

    In effect damage had occurred after the internal fuse panel, therefore all fuses were ok and supplying power across them, but at some point after there was a break in the wire.

    However you DO NOT need to remove dash and or replace harnesses to rectify.

    Look at the fuse panel underneath the steering wheel. Slot 18 (bottom RHS) and you will see in raised plastic 'BACK UP'. Inserting a 10A fuse here will restore the interior lights, radio, clock and your central locking.

    There is a small plastic piece in the way which prevents a fuse going in. Simply use a thin pair of pliers, scissors or a screwdriver (or similar tool) to break this and all pieces of it away until you are able to insert the 10A mini blade fuse.

    Problem Sorted!

    (I believe the fact this back up exists is because the designers of electrical system at mitsibushi realised it had shortcomings or this would be a potential problem - and included the back up for such an occurence)"

    Fearghus Quinn
    (7 years experienced auto electrician & owner of Car Audio company in Perth Western Australia)



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Have you checked the fuse(s)? The owners manual, repair manual will show where they are located and which fuse goes to which device. You should also be able to up on for added info.

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