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Jmills3191
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Feb 4, 2013, 4:08 PM

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Issues With Starting And Keeping Car Running Sign In

I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse with a 4 cylinder engine. Recently my headlight multi-function switch went out, so my dash lights and running lights stayed on. This happened overnight, without a good reason. I'm waiting on payday to get the part, so for the time being I have been unplugging the positive battery cable when the vehicle will not be in use for more than a few hours. This is not my big problem however. Today after dropping my fiance off at home, I was attempting to leave my driveway, but apparently my car had other plans. It died on me, and would not restart. I was thinking maybe my new battery terminal had made a hole into the hood's insulation and grounded out. I checked some of the fuses and one of my engine fuses, as well as my A/C fuses were blown (Both are 20A mini fuses). I replaced the engine fuse and the car started. I went inside to tell my fiance I was leaving and when I came back out, the car had blown the fuse and cut the engine off again. I pulled fuses from other places to replace the engine fuse for troubleshooting, but have had no luck. I am yet to completely replace all the fuses with the corresponding Amped fuses. Any ideas on what could be causing this issue? Hopefully it;s nothing to big. Is there a major underlying issue that I should check out? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!


Hammer Time
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Feb 4, 2013, 5:03 PM

Post #2 of 4 (1129 views)
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You have an electrical overload/short on that circuit and someone with electrical knowledge is going to have to locate the cause.



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Jmills3191
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Feb 4, 2013, 6:30 PM

Post #3 of 4 (1112 views)
Re: Issues With Starting And Keeping Car Running Sign In

I replaced all my fuses and removed my multi-control switch. I tried jumping my car, but could not get enough juice to the battery to jump it. Possibly have fried my battery?


Hammer Time
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Feb 4, 2013, 6:32 PM

Post #4 of 4 (1106 views)
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That wouldn't blow a fuse but it should be tested anyway and replaced if it's bad.



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