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:
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.
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.