Engine Performance problem
1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 140, 00 miles
My Eclipse GST just stopped running about a mile from home. No warnings, sounds, just stopped. Oil pressure light was the only thing lit. I coasted to the side, checked the oil (I just checked it a few days ago) and it is OK. The radio, lights etc. All worked fine. The check engine light did not come on so no error codes?
When I tried to re-start it was very weak - almost wheezy? I put my battery on a charger just to be sure it was OK - it is three years old (100 mo battery - Kirkland(COSTCO) brand). My alt has always read a little below the bottom line but it will go up when I accelerate.
I don't have a lot of diagnostic tools but are there some obvious things I can check before drawing up the courage to take it in to a repair place? The negative ground looks fine, no obvious cracks or broken plug wiring. I assume it is electronic ignition so if the problem is there or ECU I am stuck. Except for the wheezy starting I would suspect electrical - alternator gone maybe? I can get that off easy enough and take it in. I am going to see if I can get my cylinder pressure gauge all the way down the plug well to see if that may be part of the 'wheezy' noise. Once a few of the family wakes up I will have them turn it over briefly to see if I can tell anything more from under the hood.
have the same problem?
Thursday, August 26th, 2010 AT 9:46 AM