2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse idling problems


Asked by May 08, 2010 at 12:43 PM about the 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've noticed this problem for a long time, but now it's starting to concern me. My eclipse has always driven completely fine, but when I come to a stop, the steering wheel shakes somewhat and seems to idle loudly. I've had a complete tune up, timing belt changed, ect. Is there any way to fix this?

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when does the steering wheel shake, does it do it at idle? I'm thinking you may have a power steering pump problem. I could be wrong, but I'd take it to the shop or a mechanic friend if I were you.

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It only shakes at idle when I'm in drive, not in park. I notice it the most after I get off the highway. Thanks for your help!

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Inspect your motor and transmission mounts for tears or separation of the rubber.

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Sounds like your power steering system is having an issue. Does it make a winding noise after start up? Do you see any leaks under the car of what looks like an oil stain?


I have a 1998 Mitsubishi Ecplise that runs and idles fine, except when its in Drive and stopped. It shakes a LOT when I idle in drive. I would be grateful for any help or suggestions. Also, a little bit of white smoke comes out of the exhaust when I drive, not much.

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I had the same thing happen to me in my 2001. I had to replace 2 motor mounts. The rubber inside the mounts were dry rotted. it has stopped the vibration hopefully will stop the dash from cracking too.

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if it happens when you accelerate it may be a bad spark plug


your idle air valve is dirty or going bad ask about idle air valve its a common thing with that eng

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i have a 2000 mitsubishi eclipse gs 4cyl 5 speed and when i first crank it i have to keep my foot on the gas or otherwise it wont idle on it own...just spent over $320 getting the throttle body replaced...any suggestions?

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Call the Mitsubishi Dealer on Mitsubishicars.com it is a recall and they will fix it free of charge.

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Ok I just read every post on here and other sites trying to figure out this problem after about 15 hours and a lot of testing I discovered that I had a misfire on cylinder six which didn't turn out to be a bad injector in my area these cost about $195 so I went to my favorite local salvage yard and purchase the part for $38 little bit of a savings there I hope this gives anyone who is having the same problem the answer they're looking for because my car now runs like it's brand-new again good luck hope that helps

Sorry I meant it did turn out to be a bad injector

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