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My 2000 Mitsubishi eclipse was having a hard time turning over. Among alot of things, I checked the radiator and it was dry. I put coolant in and then it started up just fine. My question is, could that have actually been the problem? I can see it overheating quickly, but i never heard of a car not starting due to a low radiator. At first I believed the problem was a distributor problem. I recently put in a refurbished one due to a similar problem. So I thought it went bad already. But woth it starting up fine, I dont know.

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  • cameron762 Aug 27, 2010

    So are you saying a low coolant could in fact keep the engine from starting?

    Im not sure why it was empty. Im trying to figure out if there is a radiator leak now.

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Hello Cameron. You are correct. The lack of coolant would not prevent a start up. Now that it is starting up fine it may be difficult to find the culprit although I can tell you that a poor battery terminal connection, a corroded battery terminal, or a loose battery terminal connection is the first place to look. J.

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    Hello again. I am suspicious about your batery. Take the battery in to any auto parts store and have it checked out. Also, if you happen to belong to Triple A or any other auto club you can call them and they will come to you for free and check out the battery and the charging system for free. J

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With the vehicle thinking that it was quite possibly warm, it may not have had enough fuel to start the engine. The coolant temperature sensors must have a fluid passing over them or they don't read properly. That goes for the guage as well as the one for the systems computer which tells the injectors how to stay open. The colder the fluid, the longer they stay open. Just like the top valve in a carberettor staying shut to allow for more fuel to start the car. I would be worried about the refurbished distributor if the car wont start warm and no spark is present. Keep a good mixture in that system. It keeps the waterpump lubed, head gaskets conditioned, and the computer informed about the engines temperature making it more efficient. Do you know why the system was empty?

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