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1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse Question: Key will not always work when starting



martyshere, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Cambria, CA, March 31, 2011, 13:59

Have replaced the ignition lock but has not eliminated the problem. Sometimes it will start and sometimes nothing happens.

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  • Answer #1

    April 05, 2011, 20:56

    Does the key turn OK? If not, you need to determine why. If it's OK and it won't start, I suspect that the starter is failing. Check that you have battery voltage at the big starter cable, and battery voltage at the smaller START wire at the starter when your assistant turns the key to START. If so, and the starter doesn't run, then it's faulty.
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    PhilipSSD, September 19, 2014, 02:16

    Manual or automatic?

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  • Answer #2

    September 19, 2014, 02:19

    If it's manual transmission: your clutch safety switch may have worn out, or fallen out.

    Battery needs replacement,
    Loose battery cable connection, and/or grounding issue.

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