Mitsubishi Eclipse 1990-1998 Repair Guide

Power Transistor (Ignition Module)

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TESTING



When testing the power transistor(s), an analog-type circuit tester should be used.

2.0L Engine
1990 VEHICLES

See Figure 1

  1. To test the No. 1 and 4 cylinders:
    1. Select the ohm range on the analog tester and connect the tester between terminals 1 and 3.
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    3. Connect the positive (+) lead of a 1.5 volt dry cell battery between terminal 2 and the negative lead to terminal 3.
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    5. Continuity should be indicated when the dry cell is connected. No continuity should be indicated when the dry cell is disconnected.
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  3. To test the No. 2 and 3 cylinders:
    1. Select the ohm range on the analog tester and connect the tester between terminals 6 and 3.
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    3. Connect a 1.5 volt dry cell battery between terminals 3 and 5. The positive (+) lead connects to terminal 5 and the negative (-) to terminal 3.
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    5. Continuity should be indicated when the dry cell is connected. No continuity should be indicated when the dry cell is disconnected.
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  5. If the results of the tests are not as indicated above, replace the power transistor.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Terminal identification of the power transistor

1991 VEHICLES

See Figures 2 and 3

  1. To test the No. 1 and 4 cylinders:
    1. Connect the negative terminal of a 1.5 volt dry cell battery to terminal 3 of the power transistor; then check whether there is continuity between terminals 7 and 3 when terminal 6 and the positive (+) terminal are connected and disconnected.
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Connect the negative probe of the tester to terminal 7 of the power transistor.

    1. With terminal 6 and the positive (+) lead connected, there should be continuity between terminal 7 and terminal 3. With terminal 6 and the positive (+) lead disconnected, there should be no continuity between terminal 7 and terminal 3.
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  1. To test the No. 2 and 3 cylinders:
    1. Connect the negative terminal of a 1.5 volts dry cell to terminal 3 of the power transistor; then check whether there is continuity between terminals 1 and 3 when terminal 2 and the positive (+) terminal are connected and disconnected.
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Connect the negative probe of the tester to terminal 1 of the power transistor.



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Fig. Fig. 2: Testing No. 2-No. 3 coil side of the power transistor

    1. With terminal 2 and the positive (+) lead connected, there should be continuity between terminal 1 and terminal 3. With terminal 2 and the positive (+) lead disconnected, there should be no continuity between terminal 1 and terminal 3.
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  1. If the results of the tests are not as indicated above, replace the power transistor.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Testing No. 1-No. 4 coil side of the power transistor

1992-93 VEHICLES

See Figures 4 and 5

  1. To test the No. 1 and 4 cylinders:
    1. Connect the negative terminal of a 1.5 volt dry cell battery to terminal 3 of the power transistor; then check whether there is continuity between terminals 8 and 3 when terminal 7 and the positive (+) terminal are connected and disconnected.
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Connect the negative probe of the tester to terminal 8 of the power transistor.

    1. With terminal 7 and the positive (+) lead connected, there should be continuity between terminal 8 and terminal 3. With terminal 7 and the positive (+) lead disconnected, there should be no continuity between terminal 8 and terminal 3.
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  1. To test the No. 2 and 3 cylinders:
    1. Connect the negative terminal of a 1.5 volt dry cell battery to terminal 3 of the power transistor; then check whether there is continuity between terminals 1 and 3 when terminal 2 and the positive (+) terminal are connected and disconnected.
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Connect the negative probe of the tester to terminal 1 of the power transistor.

    1. With terminal 2 and the positive (+) lead connected, there should be continuity between terminal 1 and terminal 3. With terminal 2 and the positive (+) lead disconnected, there should be no continuity between terminal 1 and terminal 3.
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  1. If the results of the tests are not as indicated above, replace the power transistor.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Testing the power transistor for cylinders No. 1 and 4



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Fig. Fig. 5: Testing the power transistor for cylinders No. 2 and 3

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Tag and disconnect the wires from the power transistor.
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  5. Remove the retaining screws and lift the power transistor from the engine.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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