car won't turn over even with new starter


Asked by May 03, 2016 at 09:39 AM about the 1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT 2 Dr VR-4 Turbo AWD Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I'm stumped.  1994 3000 VR-4.  The starter clunks (not ticks) but engine won't even turn over a single time.  installed brand new starter from reputable dealer and have same result.  Battery fully charged, also hooked up a 200 amp charger/starter and it made no difference.  Plenty of oil so I doubt the engine is seized.  Is there any way to turn it over without removing the left front tire yet again?  Appreciate any help here.

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put car in neutral and see if it will roll freely. If no then I would check into trans issues. If it will roll freely then but wrench on harmonic balancer nut and try to manually turn engine over. Are you positive that car did not jump time or timing belt break? If it did you probably have bent valves. I have seen these engines lock up due to the valves and Pistons being drove into each other. Let's hope not tho.


Rolls freely in neutral, especially considering it weighs 4,000 lbs. It worked and ran fine until it was parked about 3 months ago.

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Ok. I would check your acc belts.(alter-ac and power steering). I have seen these seaze to the pulleys not allowing them to turn. Loosen the belts from the pulleys (I take them off in this case) then try to start car. If car starts turn off ASAP. Then inspect all pulleys spin freely before replacing the belts. Any hung pulleys will need replaced.


If that don't work then I would remove the spark plugs and spray some WD40 in each hole. Let it sit over night. Next day put wrench on harmonic balancer nut and work it easily left and right till it spins freely.(have seen piston rings seize to cyl walls after being parked awhile) Now with plugs removed try starter to turn over engine. If it does turn over put plugs back in and start your car.

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