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2001 Mitsubishi Montero Ignition Problem


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kellogs4toniee
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Sep 2, 2014, 12:57 AM

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Hey, first and foremost thanks for reading. My knowledge of car repair and cars in general is very weak and I am lost right now.

When i turn the ignition, it wont turn all the way and start the car. I thought maybe my battery wasn't supplying power to the start up, so I did a jump start from my Honda Civic. The front and back lights started working, as well as the interior touch screen. However, the ignition still wouldn't click and turn all the way.

My thoughts now are either it's an alternator or starter problem. Either way, I can't get the car started to bring it to a shop, so what do you advise is the next step?

Am I suppose to call a repairman to come to the house to check it out?

Best regards,

Tony


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Sep 2, 2014, 2:07 AM

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Are you saying that the switch physically won't turn all the way?



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Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 2, 2014, 2:25 AM

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Same question but need to know if this is common key on column set up also. Tony - sound like you have a key that just doesn't turn to the "start" position which enables starter so far like one of these.........



Are you in neutral or park? Not sure of what fail safes this car (several models listed) might have the would prevent starter KEY from turning far enough is so.


That would probably be a broken lock cylinder or switch OR rods to switch. So far IDK but try if key using another and turning it upside down as the cuts on a physical key should only use one side at a time not both as you might think,


T



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Sep 2, 2014, 4:32 AM

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Am I suppose to call a repairman to come to the house to check it out?


Or have it towed to your local reputable repair shop. Keep the shady trees away from it.





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kellogs4toniee
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Sep 2, 2014, 1:30 PM

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It wont turn all the way, like it's locked before I can even turn it.

I tried using another set of keys and it was the same.


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Sep 2, 2014, 1:46 PM

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You would have to start taking things apart to determine which part is locking up. It could be the lock or the electrical part of the switch.



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kellogs4toniee
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Sep 2, 2014, 7:40 PM

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I mis-spoke. The key turns in the ignition, but the engine doesnt start. The power isn't on either.

When I jump start the car with my Honda Civic, the power comes on but the engine still doesn't start.

I plan on taking my battery to Autozone tomorrow to get it recharged then testing it again. If it still doesnt work I'm assuming it is an alternator problem.

Does this sound about right?


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Sep 2, 2014, 10:49 PM

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?? Fast read, sorry. Now it seems like battery is dead or low on top of the key not turning to "start" position such that I think it's NOT turning OFF either and draining power and still leads to an ignition lock cylinder to ignition switch problem - some broken something will probably have to be seen as said.


Keep in mind in general there's a huge difference between engines that crank and don't start and ones that don't crank at all. Just having some lights means little. If you don't know the difference between cranking or not this isn't for you,


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Sep 3, 2014, 2:10 AM

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If it still doesnt work I'm assuming it is an alternator problem.


That would be an incorrect assumption. The alternator merely recharged the battery. If the battery is fully charged at the time, the car should run until the battery runs down.
You will have to have the starter circuit troubleshooted using a wiring diagram.



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Sep 3, 2014, 4:56 AM

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Tony: Quote from post #7 ">>I mis-spoke. The key turns in the ignition, but the engine doesnt start. The power isn't on either.

When I jump start the car with my Honda Civic, the power comes on but the engine still doesn't start.<<"
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Forget the alternator for a minute or charge of battery. Does the key turn to "start" position or not? When you did get power with a jump did it turn "crank" the engine or not? Did it even make clicks or a ratcheting sound?


Can't go on with this if you don't tell us what is or isn't happening and if YOU are confused then this is lost and needs to be send out for repair and no harm in that. People in general aren't expected to fully understand the workings of everything vehicles or otherwise.


Easy with jumper cables not as good to use anymore vs a jumper pack separate from another vehicle. Quality of jumper cables varies so much that your connection isn't sure either yet. High end cables would start another without it having a battery but most people would faint at what that grade costs! Hundreds by now for either the high end cable or jumper boxes not on display anywhere usually as the cost would freak people out.


Do get a small battery charger that automatically shuts off and warns if connected wrong. No kidding, $20ish bucks - auto stores or even home centers. Those take up to two days for a totally discharged battery but can't tell you if battery is up to par for it's power to start a car AKA "Cold Cranking Amps" or CCA. To my own dismay neither do the folks who test them for you either many times.


Understand something: There's a sharp line between being a tech/mechanic and a parts person or outlet. Parts places should not be making a diagnosis or suggest what to repair unless asked and are qualified but leave that alone too. Analogy: Asking a parts outlet to suggest what's wrong and what will fix it is like a grocery store telling you what your family or company will like for dinner tonight and how to cook it. Interesting thought but not the way it works, Tom






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