I DONT WANT TO SCRAP THIS CAR! HELP ME.

Tiny
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  • 1998 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE
I have a 98 eclipse rs (420a) motor that has been a real pain and im just looking for a close to possible answer as to what might be wrong with it. Car will crank over, start and then just die within seconds during idle. Before it would run fine/ I did experience an overheating issue that I ended up fixing (blown heater return line). I would have to say when it really gave up on me I was driving from work. About 20 minutes in I lost all power (but not like electrical fail more like a power fail) pulled it over and noticed a awkward smell coming from under the hood into my interior. So I let it sit in my driveway for a couple of days. Start it up and day after day I would notice the engine shutting down faster with every crank. Looking at the engine I noticed the headers had a small crack and also what looks like some oil build up along the headers flange. Im assuming it has to be an head gasket, loss in pressure causing the motor to just shut down. The strange thing is that there is no check engine lights or indicators that make me think that its a specific parts, which also makes it harder for me to narrow it down. I thought it was the starter and had that replaced. The motor is getting fuel cause I checked the fuel line and the only thing I didnt replace or check was the spark plugs but will bad plugs cause a motor to just shut off when it never has a problem starting up/ it just shuts down instantly, with no hesitation or stuttering like most cars do. I dont know, Im just trying to write down everything I can think of but maybe Ill post some photos to help.
The main issue im having is the motor shutting off/ the most noticeable problem ive seen was the slightly cracked header with the build up around the headers flange/ a strange smell from under the hood and no indication lights or stuttering when engine shuts off. (Instantly shut down). Also when the car does start and shut down, it doesnt crank back over until later or the next day.
If it does turn out that its the head gasket, what is needed to repair this problem/ also is it expensive to fix and could I fix it myself without any major tools.

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013 AT 11:24 PM

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Tiny
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If it's a head gasket have apro do it, faster, cheaper with lessdown time etc. But check your fuel pressure with a gauge it may be a pump. The smell can either be from coolant or oil on exaust manifold.
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Friday, July 26th, 2013 AT 6:01 AM
Tiny
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I would have to agree. I dont want to put something in the shop unless I cant fix it and this one might be a hassle both time and money. Thanks @hmac300 for the reply and I guess im gonna make some calls and get some prices for a head job/
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Friday, July 26th, 2013 AT 4:35 PM
Tiny
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The first two pics didn't come through so but on the last one make sure t o either get a new manifold or get the cracks welded up that are pointed out that may also be your smell you are getting -see pic.
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Sunday, July 28th, 2013 AT 5:52 AM
Tiny
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I think your right. I was planning on buying some new headers/ but do you know what all that build up is along the bolts and flange. The headers were clean until I had this problem and now its all black like oil or carbon. Idk. I think whatever cause it to do that may lead to my problem as well. Or do you think replacing the headers will fix that?
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Sunday, July 28th, 2013 AT 12:37 PM
Tiny
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For some reason none of your pics come through except eth one, the carbon buildup is probably from il leak through the valve cover or near it so fix that to fix the car or the head gasket, but have the coolant system pressure checked first before just doing it.
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Sunday, July 28th, 2013 AT 12:59 PM

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