Mechanics

CAR WILL NOT START

2000 Mitsubishi Mirage • 149,386 miles

I have a 2000 mitsubishi mirage de 1.5
Recently I had picked up my kids from their godparents house and the car was running top notch, I was getting great fuel economy and it was peppy.
I parked it that night and the next morning when I went out to start it, nothing. So I thought the obvious, fuel pump. Replaced it and still nothing. I replaced the rotor, distributor cap, plugs, and wires. Was getting great spark the whole time and compression. It still wouldnt start. My buddy got an idea and swapped the plugs around on the distribution cap and it fired right up. Since the day I got it it always dragged when I tried to start it, took a few seconds for it to kick in. Once he swapped the plugs around I hit the key and it started right up.
One thing I am thinking but I am not to sure of. If the car started right as I hit the key when the plugs were swapped and before that it took a few seconds to start it up prior, is that it may have slipped a tooth or two in the timing before I had bought it and when I parked it the other night it just finished the rest of the way in jumping time.
If anyone has any ideas or if you happen to know how to reset the timing in case it had jumped, then I would greatly appreciate it. I am sure I can reset the timing back to the marks myself but I am not to sure about the whole compression thing. One buddy said to take the number one plug out, pop a shop rag in tightly and when it pops out that's the compression point.
I'm stuck riding my bike 5 miles into work right now and that thing is killing me, so if anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it!
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Kriskrimson
October 16, 2012.



So the wires were routed correctly on the cap and it wouldnt start?But when the wires were swapped it started?So do you have tools floor jack etc?Also you could try doing a compression test first.


Saturntech9
Oct 16, 2012.
Yeah I have all the tools. My buddy has his own shop and everything so he will be the one doing it lol. I will be watching and learning but if I were to do it myself is it really that hard?
After we had swapped the plugs around on the distributor it started right up. I figured it would maybe last me a week but it only last an hour. I gasses up and on my way home it jumped again and now it wont start at all.


Tiny
Kriskrimson
Oct 16, 2012.
First thing you need to do is to test the engine compression. If the compression is low, it could be a fault with the timing belt.

Ensure the firing order is correct.


KHLow2008
Oct 16, 2012.
Yeah if it wont start no do a compression test you canrent the compression tester at auto zone.


Saturntech9
Oct 16, 2012.
It has good compression about 115. I have my timing cover off and everything. Bad thing is, I see no timing marks on my gear whatsoever. I see the mark on the motor and the only marks I see on the gears are right beside where the bolt is. Everyone has told me the mark is on the teeth but there is none, any input?


Tiny
Kriskrimson
Oct 21, 2012.
I would say your compression isnt as good as you think I see standard compression is 187psi and min compression is 133psi.


Saturntech9
Oct 22, 2012.
I posted the timing marks for you.


Saturntech9
Oct 22, 2012.
I got it timed right, the guy I had work on my car did the compression and he said it was perfect. I guess I wasn't reading the dials right haha. So what it turned out to be was my distributor needed rebuilt, the contacts had wore out and it killed my crankshaft sensor. The car is running great now, need to replace the exhaust manifold and I will be golden. I appreciate all your help!


Tiny
Kriskrimson
Oct 28, 2012.
Your welcome thats where here for glad to hear your up and running again.


Saturntech9
Oct 28, 2012.