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ELECTRIC PROBLEMS

1998 Mitsubishi Mirage • 6 cylinder 2WD Automatic • 189,000 miles

Negative battery terminal gets hot and drains battery when trying to start
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98mitsu510
December 8, 2010.



Does it turn over and start? Bad connections or bad starter is the likely cause.

Tiny
Fixitmr
Dec 8, 2010.
It will turn over with a jump, but it wont stay started, something drains the battery it dies and the negitive post will be smoking and very very hot. Please help if u can!
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98mitsu510
Dec 8, 2010.
Was any work done or any incedents with car before this started happening?

Tiny
Fixitmr
Dec 8, 2010.
Check the hot cable going to starter thoroughly for scrapes or shorts to grounded metal. Try disconnecting alternator and running car. How long does running last before it dies?

Tiny
Fixitmr
Dec 8, 2010.
Check alternator main hot wire for same faults of scrapes shorts. Did you say you put new battery in? Have battery tested at auto parts store it may have an internal short!

Tiny
Fixitmr
Dec 8, 2010.
Before all the problems started the left turn blinker was continually on so a friend took out the blinker fuse and after that is when the problems started. Will the fuses make the car make these problems or messing around with the fuses cause the car to short out?

Tiny
98mitsu510
Dec 8, 2010.
Not likely. Fuses would bow if shorted. Any big music amps wired into system?

Tiny
Fixitmr
Dec 9, 2010.

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