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I/M Readiness

I have looked at a 2008 Mitsubishi that had stalled earlier this year. It has not been driven since. I used an OBD2 tool on it after we charged the battery. The accessories and lights came on but engine did not crank. It showed no codes. But ok the I/M readiness, it’s says MIL Status Off and is giving N/A and INC for many of the modules. What is wrong with the car? Could the code have been erased? Thanks

A dead battery can cause any fault codes to erase and the readiness monitors to revert to “incomplete”

Of course somebody trying to hide something could also erase all codes and reset monitors to incomplete with a cheap code reader . . .

I would run away from any car that doesn’t even crank over

It could be something as simple as a dead battery . . . but I kind of doubt it, because if it was that simple, the owner would have already done that and they’d still be driving the car, not trying to pass it off to an unsuspecting stranger

Unless you REALLY know what you’re doing, move on . . . there’s plenty of other used cars out there

Don’t expect a fault code for a failed engine, you will need to examine it more closely to identify the failure. Are you capable of replacing the engine?

Because it stalled and was let to sit for an extended period, I would start with the basic’s.

Battery connections are the first place to begin when you have a “No Crank” situation. Even

if you have a new battery, if the connections are loose, dirty or corroded, you will not be

allowing the full flow of current to pass thru the connections. The connection may be

enough to turn on the lights, but not enough for the huge flow that is needed to operate the

starter. This is where many people say that they know the battery is good….”because the

lights come on”. This is no more a battery test than licking a 9volt battery. It only tells you that there is electricity…not how many volts or the amperage that flows from the battery.

Jump starting may have wiggled the terminal just enough to allow the current to pass and start the engine, but tomorrow you have the same problem.

First remove the cables from the battery and use a wire brush to remove any corrosion and dirt from the battery posts and the cable terminals. There is a tool with a round wire brush for this purpose, found at any auto parts store for less than $10

Before connecting the cables, apply a coating of di-electric grease to the battery posts this will keep oxygen away from the connection so that it will not corrode as fast.

It is just as important that the other end of the cables also have a clean connection. Remove the negative cable from the battery again so that you do not short anything out. Follow both cables to their far ends, remove this connection and wire brush the connection and the cable terminal clean and retighten these connections.

If there was work done recently, there may have been an “engine to body” ground that was not installed following the work. These grounds normally run from the rear of the engine to the firewall and are uninsulated and most are a braided wire. If any of these are found unattached…reattach them.

Remember….this is not a “Sherman Tank” don’t over tighten the connections.

Tight…tight………………too tight…broke!!!


I hope you haven’t already bought this mystery Mitsubishi

There’s simply too many red flags, in my opinion