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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-15-2016, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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1988 L300 Ignition problems with my van

I have TWO 1988 L300 Mitsubishi vans that are exhibiting the same intermittent starting problem:

When I turn the key, sometimes I get a click, but no start.
If I turn the key repeatedly, eventually on one of the turns the vehicle will start.
This has been going on for two years now!

I can feel the starter relay click, and likewise hear the solenoid click.

I've tried various solutions:
  • The battery tests good; fully charged.
  • The battery cables have been replaced.
  • The starter has been replaced.
  • I replaced the "starter relay" part # 056700-5440.
  • Putting the shifter in neutral doesn't change things - (I can hold the key in the 'start' position, and run through the gears and hear the solenoid click on/off as I enter/exit Neutral).

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. I'm at my wit's end with this thing

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-18-2016, 10:00 PM
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Hmmm - sounds like you need to try a starter button or switch
- hook up to starter directly -
to rule out something is wrong with ignition lock in steering colum.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-26-2016, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for the reply, XRXAA01

I just replaced the starter AGAIN with a new one, including the solenoid (just in case I'd gotten a defective one when I did this job last summer).
Still same problem! A click, but no start...unless I turn the key repeatedly.
The teeth on the old starter look fine; there is no bad noises.

I do live in a damp environment, but I've checked for corrosion and cleaned the terminals on the starter lines and every ground I can locate
Doesn't the fact that I can hear the starter relay AND the starter *click* rule out a bad ignition switch, relay, etc?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-30-2016, 08:44 PM
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When you start multiple things are done by ignition lock - lots of wires and contacts.

The one contact that says give power to starter ...

Because first you have to engage the starter and then turn - not at the same time

- would be bad for the teeth.

Normally i would have that switch in the starter itself - but who knows ...

If there is a switch in the starter that might be the culprit -
dirt makes it stop working - cleaned and greased a starter once -
worked like new again.

I guess you can always use thick wires from battery to starter to check the starter - careful

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 06:24 AM
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Can understand your frustration..Two starters and same problem points to ign switch or wiring! Check Voltage at solenoid terminal (with switch turned to start. Blade terminal next to battery lead) Should be a good 12 Volts. If its not , check wiring back up to Ign switch' Does it start if you bridge the terminals with a big screwdriver?

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