Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Ignition issue - 1994 Mitsubishi

asked by on

Sometimes the ignition starts right away but sometimes I have to wiggle it until the engine starts. What is the problem. Please advise.

My car has 222220 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This is likely a bad connection problem which is commonly known to cause intermittent non-starting issues like this. Your ignition switch is wired to a harness that eventually runs down to a starter relay which directs power to the starter. When there is a faulty connection in your ignition harness, sometimes wiggling the key will connect the wires that may be struggling to connect properly, but this is a temporary fix. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to you home to diagnose the ignition problem and repair the ignition switch if necessary.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: hard start

The service vehicle soon light (SVS) also known by a Check Engine Light is on when ever a computer has detected a problem in the computer systems. The light does not tell you what component or system is failing. You...

Q: Car is totally dead

Sounds like you might not be getting any power out of the battery. Car batteries are 12.6 v. when they are fully charged. If the voltage is 10.5v. The car won't crank but all the accessories will still function. At...

Q: Ignition problems with my Mitsibushi Galant.

Hi there, I hope I can help get to the root of your issues. It appears you are having issues starting the engine in your Galant. Depending on what symptoms you are experiencing, we may be looking at an issue...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...