Hi forum, so I need help in diagnosing the problem to my 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS (2.0L, non-turbo 420a) not starting.
About a month and a half ago I bought this car but it required a tune-up.
Here are the parts that were replaced (PRIOR to this no-start problem):
-NEW Spark Plugs
..and others as well, but they would have no affect on this problem I have having now.
Okay, so obviously one of the things that helps most of us diagnose the problem to anything is what was going on before the problem occurred.
I had my car sitting idle for the entire time since I bought it, with the exception that I had to drive it to my place after buying it and test driving it for about a mile around my block.
The reason for it being idle was simply because I had been fixing and tuning it up. Just about a week ago, when this problem occurred, I was about to take it out for another test drive.
When I started the car, the engine felt like it was giving up and that the pistons were moving at a slow 1-2 speed. I immediately turned of the car to prevent any damage to the engine.
Right after a few minutes, I tried to turn on the engine but it only cranked and didn't start. I disconnected/reconnected the battery but still only cranked. I realized that my gas tank was
on E, but the light never showed up. Regardless, the next day I filled it up with a quarter tank of gas but it still won't start and it continues to crank.
-Checked power that connects to the Ignition Coil: [Good]
-Checked Ignition Coil by using ohmmeter: [Good]
-Sparkplugs are emitting an ORANGE spark
-Battery is *currently* being charged.
-Engine cranks, but doesn't start. However, once in a great while it seems like it is just about to turn on.
-Have *not* checked anything that deals with the fuel. Although I have a feeling it is not a fuel problem because I smell gas when cranking the engine.
Things I should probably mention:
-My dad wanted to test the engine's cooling system by removing the thermostat to the radiator. As of now, it is not equipped on the car. I'm certain that the engine is not damaged because it stopped running about the same time we did this, therefore the engine never had a chance to heat up.
-I had been using the radio and testing the headlights, etc. from time to time with only a few brief intervals of starting my engine (which would resupply my battery charge). As mentioned before, I am currently charging my battery.