Mitsubishi Eclipse 2000 - Electrical system



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Mitsubishi Eclipse 2000 recalls
CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - BATTERY - CABLES
99V333001MITSUBISHI AMERICAfrom 04/01/1999 to 11/30/1999V (Vehicle)1917902/07/2000MFRMITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA, INC.11/23/199911/30/1999
Defect SummaryVehicle description: passenger vehicles equipped with v6 engines and federal emission equipment. the battery cable harness can become heat damaged by the front exhaust manifold which could cause grounded circuits.
Consequence SummaryThis circuit failure could cause any of the following to occur: (1) the engine will not start because the main fuse will blow if the power lead is grounded; (2) the low oil pressure warning lamp will illuminate if the signal wire is grounded; (3) the airconditioning system will become inoperative if the lead to the magnetic clutch is grounded; and (4) the turn signal/hazard lamps will become inoperative if the voltage monitor lead is grounded.
Corrective SummaryDealers will remove and discard a metal manifold bracket (from galant models only - eclipse has no such bracket). dealers will also inspect the harness. if the harness wires show no damage, the dealer will install a heat insulator along with heat resistant harness clips. if the harness wires do show damage, the dealers will install a new harness with preinstalled integral heat protection.
NotesOwner notification began february 7, 2000.owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
Mitsubishi Eclipse 2000 bulletins
BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
01100110/01/2001627238Information on center display may go blank when the audio system is in use. * jb2002-02-06
7308/01/2001625561Information on the center display. *tt2001-11-28
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
025400503/01/2002634621Subject regarding dedicated iod fuse blows intermittently. *jg2002-10-03
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - ANTI-THEFT CONTROLLER
995401010/01/19996088721Information concerning a no-start condition caused by immobilizer ignition key interference. *tt2000-01-04
TSB990000306/01/1999608406Information on pdi procedures concerning the new immobilizer system feature on certain 2000 model year mitsubishi vehicles. * mjs1999-11-26
TSB9900003R06/01/1999TSB9900003608416This bulletin contains additional pdi procedures and service information concerning the anti-theft engine immobilizer system with security keys. *tt1999-11-24
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - MODULE
8003/01/2002637074Information on a diagnostic trouble code p0174 set *tt2002-11-19
995400810/01/19996088735Information regarding a numer of immobilizer ecus not having override codes. *tt2000-01-06
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - INTERIOR/UNDER DASH
TSB005400202/01/2000610454Subject regarding vehicles exhibiting an inoperative or lock-up of the multi-center display on vehicles built up to and including vin 4a3ac44g3ye078696. *tt2000-05-01
Mitsubishi Eclipse 2000 Consumer Complaints
Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
12/17/20121090001
 While driving at night on interstate, one headlight dimmed and then went out completely. repairshop was unable to repair because headlight socket was melted. referred me to mitsubishi dealer. before repair completed, the second headlight went out while driving at night on interstate on subsequent evening. fog lights were also not operational. only parking lights operational. it appears from other complaints that this is a chronic lighting safety issue with the mitsubishi eclipse. *tr
12/17/2012109000
 While driving at night on interstate, one headlight dimmed and then went out completely. repairshop was unable to repair because headlight socket was melted. referred me to mitsubishi dealer. before repair completed, the second headlight went out while driving at night on interstate on subsequest evening. fog lights were also not operational. only parking lights operational. it appears from other complaints that this is a chronic lighting safety issue with the mitsibishi eclipse.
12/17/2012109000
 While driving at night on interstate, one headlight dimmed and then went out completely. repairshop was unable to repair because headlight socket was melted. referred me to mitsubishi dealer. before repair completed, the second headlight went out while driving at night on interstate on subsequest evening. fog lights were also not operational. only parking lights operational. it appears from other complaints that this is a chronic lighting safety issue with the mitsibishi eclipse.
12/17/2012109000
 While driving at night on interstate, one headlight dimmed and then went out completely. repairshop was unable to repair because headlight socket was melted. referred me to mitsubishi dealer. before repair completed, the second headlight went out while driving at night on interstate on subsequest evening. fog lights were also not operational. only parking lights operational. it appears from other complaints that this is a chronic lighting safety issue with the mitsibishi eclipse.
07/22/2011145000
 Tl. the contact owns a 2000 mitsubish eclipse. the contact stated the signal lever has fallen off of the steering column. the contact is unable to use the turn signal while driving. the contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic. the mechanic informed the contact about a nhtsa campaign i.d. number 99v305001 (exterior lighting:turn signal:switch) so the contact called the manufacturer. the manufacturer informed the contact the vin number to the vehicle was not included in the recall. the contact stated the could result in a crash because the contact can not signal while driving. the failure mileage was 145,000. jo
07/22/2011145000
 Tl. the contact owns a 2000 mitsubish eclipse. the contact stated the signal lever has fallen off of the steering column. the contact is unable to use the turn signal while driving. the contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic. the mechanic informed the contact about a nhtsa campaign i.d. number 99v305001 (exterior lighting:turn signal:switch) so the contact called the manufacturer. the manufacturer informed the contact the vin number to the vehicle was not included in the recall. the contact stated the could result in a crash because the contact can not signal while driving. the failure mileage was 145,000. jo
07/22/2011145000
 Tl. the contact owns a 2000 mitsubish eclipse. the contact stated the signal lever has fallen off of the steering column. the contact is unable to use the turn signal while driving. the contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic. the mechanic informed the contact about a nhtsa campaign i.d. number 99v305001 (exterior lighting:turn signal:switch) so the contact called the manufacturer. the manufacturer informed the contact the vin number to the vehicle was not included in the recall. the contact stated the could result in a crash because the contact can not signal while driving. the failure mileage was 145,000. jo
07/22/2011145000
 Tl. the contact owns a 2000 mitsubish eclipse. the contact stated the signal lever has fallen off of the steering column. the contact is unable to use the turn signal while driving. the contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic. the mechanic informed the contact about a nhtsa campaign i.d. number 99v305001 (exterior lighting:turn signal:switch) so the contact called the manufacturer. the manufacturer informed the contact the vin number to the vehicle was not included in the recall. the contact stated the could result in a crash because the contact can not signal while driving. the failure mileage was 145,000. jo
06/27/200693000110/15/1999
 Dt*: the contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the vehicle stalled completely without warning. the vehicle was taken to a service dealer where the dealer was unable to determine the cause of the problem. the vehicle was then taken to a private repair shop, where the mechanic was also unable to determine the cause of the problem.
05/18/200597000102/16/2004
 I was driving 60 - 65 on the high way,all of the sudden the car slowed down to 25 without any warning and engine turned off by itself. i could get out safely in god's will coz a truck was driving on the right side while am trying to take the shoulder of the street and my car is slowing down fast because of the engine is off, and the truck driver brakes so hard and lots of cars were almost hit him,they brake as well, it was scary
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - BATTERY - CABLES
01/01/19014
 2000 mitsubishi eclipse with a shock rupture due to rust. consumer states that it is rare that rust in that amount happen on the interior of the vehicle. she states that the manufacturer was not going to investigate her claims. *kb the consumer discovered 3 recalls for her make, model and year for her vehicle. the consumer stated she had already experienced the failures of the recalls. the column switch was replaced because the unit would not self-cancel nor would it cancel manually. the switch would not reset in an off position which caused the lights to remain on once the vehicle had been turned off. the steering wheel vibrated frequently, even when traveling on a straight highway. the consumer also had repeated problems with the engine not starting and always assumed the problem was the battery which the consumer had replaced multiple times. the low oil pressure lamp illuminated frequently, even when the oil was not low. the recall was only for v6 engine's, however the consumer experienced the same problem with her 4 cylinder engine. recall numbers 99v333001, 99v305001 and 00v225001. *jb
11/18/200760000207/27/2006
 Tl*the contact owns a 2000 mitsubishi eclipse. in november of 2007, the contact had to replace the battery and the negative terminal due to corrosion. several months later, the vehicle would not start and was towed to a local mechanic. the mechanic stated that the failure was caused by a defective fuse and it was replaced. the dealer stated that her vin was not included in nhtsa campaign id number 99v333001 (electrical system:battery:cables). the contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer. they have not provided any assistance. the failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 65,000.
11/03/20051
 Dt: the contact stated the battery cable broke. this was the negative post. the replacement part has been ordered, and it will be repaired when the replacement part arrives. she called and checked for any recalls, and there have not been any recalls.
03/09/2001100000508/01/2000
 I have 2 complaints. my wheels were also dented and fractured upon inspection and had visible wear to my tires. two different garages had stated to go to the dealer and check on it. they of course said there was no problem and just to buy new rims at $385.00 each or tires. of course, after buying tires a few times, i just bought after market rims. the second complaint, is i have had visible corrosion on the battery cables on my car for years and asked the dealer if there was a reason so much is gathering, they advised no. well, i have replaced the battery and still am having the same problems such as: air conditioner goes out with the light blinking, car does not start, or while driving it will stall as well as run very sluggish. i have asked repeatedly if there is a problem and they stated not for my car, due to the date made. i find this a little odd, i have all the same problems of the 2000 eclipse, however, my car was made during the dates. my car is a 2000 eclipse gt and my battery wires have shown visible signs of corrosion for years and not being a mechanic how would i have though anything different than changing the battery, as well as getting new tires and new after market rims for the same price as stock rims. *jb
03/06/2003105/12/2000
 While having the bumper fixed my collision shop discovered the wiring harness is melting. this is the same problem as nhtsa campaign id number : 99v333001 -- recall date : november 23, 1999 -- component: electrical system:battery:cables -- except that i do not have a v-6 engine. i believe another recall should be initiated to cover eclipse's that do not have the v-6 engine as it is the same problem and poses the same risks as the earlier recall.*jb
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
01/10/2002108/01/2000
 Headlight wiring harness melted after original bulbs were replaced with correct aftermarket component. dealer commented that every eclipse that has replacement headlight bulbs has burned the wiring harness. when this component fails, it leaves the driver with neither a high or low beam light. should both burn- out in rapid succession a serious accident would likely occur. also with wiring melting under the hood the chance of fire or electrical shorting of other components seems very likely. in doing research on this problem, i found a report that states that mitsubishi has changed the wiring harness to a heavier gauge. my assumtion is that it is to prevent this hazard in cars currently being produced. with mitsubishi's track record regarding recalls, i feel this defect should be investigated. please feel free to contact me at any time in regard to this matter.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION
05/18/200597000102/16/2004
 I was driving 60 - 65 on the high way,all of the sudden the car slowed down to 25 without any warning and engine turned off by itself. i could get out safely in god's will coz a truck was driving on the right side while am trying to take the shoulder of the street and my car is slowing down fast because of the engine is off, and the truck driver brakes so hard and lots of cars were almost hit him,they brake as well, it was scary
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - ANTI-THEFT CONTROLLER
07/12/2000411/01/1999
 Car opts not to start due to either failure in the theft-immobilization system or the starter kill in the clutch.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - MODULE
01/03/2000
 While driving at 50 mph, all of a sudden speed drops from 5o mph to 20 mph without warning. driver was able to exit off the road safely. dealership and manufacturer were sent a certified letter about the problem. a new engine and a new computer chip were put into the vehicle. please provide any further information. *ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - STARTER ASSEMBLY - RELAY
08/01/200455000111/05/1999
 At approx. 55,000 miles, the starter relay burned out and vehicle could not be started. symptoms were erratic indicator lights on dashboard and unpredictable behavior of all electrical devices. for example, the cd player spontaneously ejected the cd. replacing the starter relay solved the problem. given that this occurs without warning and with no clear indication of what's wrong, it can easily lead to stranded motorists when the fault is with a very inexpensive, inadequately designed electrical component.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING
10/18/2004102/27/2000
 2000 mitsubishi eclipse - headlights simply did not come on. cables to connections were totally melted. had to drive home with parking lights on. called dealer and the response was this happens all the time. i had to purchase new connections and pay to have them installed. *nm
04/19/200351100111/23/1999
 Wiring harness for the head lamp assembly smoked and burned. head lamps inoperable. *jb
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - FRONT UNDERHOOD
11/30/200580000212/02/2000
 I am now replacing the second headlamp connection socket on my 2000 mitsubishi eclipse. both have failed by buildup of corrosion of the socket material, dimming of the headlamp, heating and melting of the socket material to failure. two safety issues exist: first the possibility of a fire in the engine compartment from the over heated connector and melted wiring. second the gradual dimming of the headlamp leads to inadequate illumination of the road during operation after dark. the local dealer knew the part before i could fully explain, leading me to believe the failure is widespread. *nm
12/05/2004212/13/2003
 Wiring to headlights , hot ground wire, the ground wire gets so hot that it melted the plugs that connects the wires to the headlight. the ground wire heats up to where it is flaming red and it keeps popping fuses one right after the other. *jb