1994 Mitsubishi Galant Car won't start

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JAMESASH5252
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  • 1994 MITSUBISHI GALANT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 165,000 MILES
I have a 1994 Galant and it won't start all the lights and everything work it has a new battery and I bought a used starter but still nothing I was wondering how could I check to find out if its the starter or the ignition switch
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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 AT 12:11 PM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi jamesash5252,

Thank you for the donation.

1. Use a remote wire to attach to starter solenoid and crank.

2. With igtnition switch turned to starter cranking position, check for power supply to the starter solenoid wire.
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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 AT 12:21 PM
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Could you break this down for me I dont get it
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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 AT 12:26 PM
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Hi jamesash5252,

Step 1. Remove the starter solenoid switch wire and attach a wire. Provide power to the wire and if the starter cranks, it is ok, if not it needs to be checked/tested.

Step 2. Testing ignition switch. Attach a test lamp to the starter solenoid wire and ground. Turn the key to crank position, if test lamp lights up, the switch is ok.
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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 AT 10:09 AM
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Ok I tried both and both work so the only other thing that I could think of is the netural safety switch if this is true how would I test this to find out if this is it
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Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 AT 5:34 PM
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Hi jamesash5252,

If both works, then it should not be the inhibitor switch. When cranking, power goes from the switch to the inhibitor switch and to the starter so power supply is getting through.

Most probably the ignition switch wire to starter solenoid is weak and not providing enough juice to push the solenoid.

Try attaching a relay with power supply from battery to the starter solenoid and using the solenoid wire to activate the relay.
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Thursday, September 25th, 2008 AT 10:16 AM

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