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Mitsubishi Eclipse Starter

Helpful Tips to Fix Your Mitsubishi Eclipse Starter

Even small components can get damaged. Yes, even your Mitsubishi Eclipse starter. That's why it's best that you know the common starter problems that you may experience while driving your Eclipse. Here are some useful troubleshooting tips to help you:

Clicking sounds

You will likely hear clicking sounds every time you ignite your engine if your starter is suffering from motor problems, or if it has a stuck gear. The sounds can be easily heard with every turn of the key mainly because the engine doesn't turn over, so there shouldn't be an excuse for you not to see this sign of wear. While you can solely blame this problem to your starter and its motor, you should, however, consider other culprits once you hear repetitive and multiple clicks every time you start your car as this scenario can be caused by a bad alternator or a poor battery connection. Replacing either the battery or the alternator is required after testing these two. However, should both components turn out to be fine, you should just replace your starter as it may have already been shorted.

Smoke with burned smell

It's uncommon for your starter and motor to produce burned smell or to exhaust smoke. So if you have these in your Eclipse, you had better stop your engine and inspect your starter. You need to look at your wiring as this can cause electrical problems. You can also look at your component and carefully check if it is shorted or if its motor has gone bad. To be sure, you can buy replacement parts for your starter and motor and hope that there won't be smoke or foul smell as soon as you turn the key in your starter.

Malfunctioning solenoid

Your lights and windshield wipers may be functioning but you can't hear any sound coming from your engine. If this is the case, you may be having another starter problem. This time, it involves the solenoid housed inside the starter motor. If this solenoid becomes faulty, you will surely have problems in starting your car, so it's best that you replace this part as soon as possible. But before buying a replacement part, you can try fixing it by shaking the key to the on position while it's still inside the starter. Try this as it usually works.

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  • Helpful Tips in Cleaning Your Mitsubishi Eclipse Starter

    Your Mitsubishi Eclipse starter may not be a prominent part of your car, but it sure is an important component that needs to be properly maintained. To help you keep your starter clean, here are some simple but helpful tips:

    Remove surface dirt on the outer case.

    There may be a lot of dirt, debris, and other things on the outer case of your starter. And if you dismantle your starter without removing these, the interior of your component can get contaminated, which you wouldn't want to happen to avoid getting the starter dirty and rusted inside. So it will be better if you start cleaning the outer case first before you access its interior. You can use lubricant cleaner and apply it using a light brush or an abrasive pad. Just make sure that you clean the surface gently but thoroughly.

    Keep the bolts clean and rust free.

    You will find two long bolts on the outer end as you disassemble your starter. These two are important because they secure the starter motor together; therefore losing either of them can be considered a crime. If these bolts are rusted, you will surely have a hard time removing them using a wrench. But you can remedy this by applying rust remover and by using a wire brush to remove rust debris. You can also use lubricant cleaner in cleaning these. And once you're done cleaning the bolts, better place them in a safe place where you can be sure that neither of them will go missing.

    Take your time for each cylinder.

    You can easily disassemble your starter into three sections, but you may have difficulties doing this if the bolts are rusted. If that's the case, you may need to use a hammer to separate each section. And once disassembled, you can start cleaning them with the lubricant cleaner you use to clean the outer case and the bolts with. Make sure, however, that you handle these parts very carefully as you wouldn't want to damage them in any way. Take note also that wiping the parts with a clean cloth is enough to get rid of the dirt and grime on the surface.