WOT Junkie and avid corn burner
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Well, a bad ECT sensor could cause a hard start situation by not telling the ECU an accurate temperature to give the proper amount of fuel on start up. My friend's Mitsubishi Eclipse did this. He was having the exact same problems that you are having (having to give throttle to start). The only way we could keep it running was to let the engine warm up a little bit. The bad sensor was making the ECU think the engine was hot, thus not giving enough fuel at idle. This is a possibility. Definitely get that battery and alternator looked at though.
Michael M. ASE P2 Automobile Parts Specialist.
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Last edited by Mgino96tbird46; 01-28-2011 at 01:01 AM.