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02 gs eclipse wont start at times and will others.. Changed

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02 gs eclipse wont start at times and will others.. Changed ignition switch and battery.. Didn't have the problem for a couple weeks but now today it's doing the same thing again... Any ideas ??
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: Battery is new about two weeks.. When u turn the key it doesn't do anything.. If u play with it and continue turning key it will sometimes turn over and run find... But I can't get it to even do that now
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes I'm a ford technician... So just looking For any common issues with this vehicle
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Just battery and ignition switch was think possible bad ignition switch or possibly the keys I can bump the starter over with my power probe
JA: Is there anything else the Mitsubishi Mechanic should be aware of about your Mitsubishi?
Customer: No ma'am
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mitsubishi
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.


As you've probably read already the ignition switch is usually the problem on these... of course having replaced it should have ruled it out.

Was the replacement switch a genuine Mitsubishi part or aftermarket?

Assuming the switch is OK, is there any change when you put the shifter into Neutral and try to start it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Aftermarket.. And no I tried that... I will say my shifter is loose if I tighten the screws in the handle all the way the button on shifter will not depress in.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Shifter handle anyway not shifter it self
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.


Lets just check our ignition switch again briefly.
Go ahead and take it out, but leave it plugged into the harness.

Then take a flat head screw driver and insert it into the business end of the ignition switch in the little plastic slot and manually turn it to the Start position and perhaps a slight bit past that... does it engage then?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's didn't do anything... I'm gonna take switch back and replace it.. Thank you for your help
Expert:  Doug replied 1 year ago.

Lets try that out and see if you get temporary relief again, and if we do then getting a genuine one would be a good idea.

If it behaves the same, let me know and we will persevere.