NOT STARTING, BATTERY LIGHT COMES ON ONCE CLUTCH IS POPPED.

  • Tiny
  • wilsonbjorn
  • 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • manual
  • 149,000 miles

I have a 1997 mitsubishi eclipse gs. The last two days I have had to push start my car because the starter wouldn't engage. I didn't even hear a click, but all the dash and cabin lights turn on.
When I push start it the battery light comes on. Any ideas of what I could check? The starter is less than 6 months old, so I don't think it's that.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 AT 2:40 PM

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  • Tiny
  • ASEMaster6371
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Check for power to the starter motor with the key in the start position

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 AT 3:06 PM
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I don't think it's the starter, once I push start it and drive it starts right up. It's a few hours later that it won't start again.

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 AT 3:24 PM
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Does the starter work when it wont start?

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 AT 3:31 PM
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When I first try to start it in the morning I hear no sounds and the dash lights dim when I turn the key

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 AT 3:59 PM
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Your battery is low. Have it charged and check the alternator for output

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 AT 4:22 PM
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Thank you roy for your help. Turns out that I had removed and replaced the original ground cable on the battery but left it hanging because it was in a harness. The terminal had become wedged in the compartment and I believe it was grounding out.

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 AT 6:20 PM

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