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snappydick 11/23/2012

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 6 Cyl 3.8L


Why won't my car start? Wont even turn over. What could it be?

Replaced alternator and battery 6 months ago. vehicle will start if its jump started. As soon as I turn vehicle off it goes DEAD. Won't even turn over. Left it running for 45min last night. Turned ignition off. Turned it right back on....not even a little turnover ...just ticking.

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CVO 11/23/2012

Try this

First, check the battery and starter cables for their tightness or free of corrosion and physical damaged.

See this Starting system simplified diagram. Have a help from an assistant to crank the engine, use a 12 volt light tester or a digital voltmeter, apply it to the starter control circuit.
If there is light or 12 volts and the starter isn't cranking, then the starter is the culprit. Have the starter to bench test for free at the local auto parts stores.
If there isn't no light or no volts, then the ignition switch is the culprit.


Note: a 3/4 charge battery is 12.50 volts
A discharge battery is 11.75 volts.
A battery under a cranking load and it is reading less than 7 volts,it will be a recycled ( junk ) battery.


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