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#303 of 438 Re: Mitsubishi Outlander 2003 Heating/Cooling [smabina]
Oct 29, 2010 (3:58 pm)
I had the same problem until a few weeks ago when the knob for temp control actually snapped off! Now I'm stuck on cold air. Called a mechanic and apparently Mitsubishi knows about the problem because they actually sell a repair kit for this exact thing! $822 to fix it because there is a cable that runs to the heater box that is bound up and needs to be replaced. Why isn't there a recall on this if Mitsubishi knows about the problem?
Dec 31, 2010 (12:21 pm)
Got a belt squeaking on my '07 Outlander. 40K. Looks like there's a serpentine belt and then a regular belt running to the Alternator. It squeals pretty good when I start the car then eventually quiets down.
Gotta check if it's covered under the bumper to bumper warranty otherwise either I'll try tightening it myself or have my mechanic do it.
#305 of 438 Re: Squeaky belt.. [toomanyfumes]
Jan 10, 2011 (11:55 am)
I had belt squeaking noise on our Toyota Camry (and on my friend's Corolla later). I bought so called belt-dresser, or "Belt Conditioner". It is a spray can. Please, read instructions. The belt was running while I was spraying it. Helped 100%. There is no squicking noise any more.
#306 of 438 Re: Squeaky belt.. [toomanyfumes]
Jan 10, 2011 (1:10 pm)
Belts are wear items; I'd doubt it'd be covered by warranty. But then, the dealer could surprise you.
I second the suggestion of using belt dressing. But if the squeaking returns, get it addressed by a mechanic. The belt may just need adjusting or it may be prematurely wearing.
#307 of 438 Re: Squeaky belt.. [fushigi]
Jan 12, 2011 (5:56 pm)
It only did it that one time. It was wet out and had been driven in the rain, but of course it's driven in the rain often. I'll keep an ear out to hear it again, got a couple road trips coming up, good piece of mind still having warranty and roadside assistance.
#308 of 438 Re: Squeaky belt.. [toomanyfumes]
Jan 20, 2011 (3:15 am)
You may try using baby Johnson powder directly onto the grooves of the moving parts. It stops the noises in the old wife’s car.
#309 of 438 Re: Mitsubishi Outlander 2003 Heating/Cooling [gus8092]
Jan 28, 2011 (2:53 pm)
I have the same problem as most of you, temperature knob seems hard to turn and will not engage the heater. My local mechanic said that the dealer would sell the "Heater Box" for $1200 and then labor would be ~$500. This is INSANE! Luckily, I live in Southern California, but we need heat once in a while as well.
Has anyone gotten any further with this? Can't afford $1700.
#310 of 438 2007 outlander steering issues
Feb 10, 2011 (6:46 pm)
hi guys, need your help in this!
On my 2007 outlander XLS AWD, the steering clock spring was replaced at 66K miles (yes, just after warranty). Few months later (now 69K), there is a play at the steering center. Basically, while driving at slower speeds, if I turn the steering left or right slightly, I feel a slip, as if something is loose. The steering is responsive while making full turns, but from the center 15 degrees left and right, it is neither stiff nor responsive (ie. there is a lag).
I dropped off the vehicle at the dealer. The mechanic test drove it and said he did not notice anything unusual. But now I am feeling it always, so maybe I will take it back again. Before that I would like to get your views on what might be the problem. Already I spend 300 odd dollars for the clock spring, wondering how much more I need to shell out
Another issue: it is pretty cold out here..and in the morning during a cold start, my tail pipe throws white fumes like anything. I know in cold climate, this happens, but this year (4th year of ownership), the first 5 minutes of drive (even more while idling) is really really bad. The dealer said he could not find any leaks and that it might be vapor. Hope he is true.
All I can say is I regret the mitsu purchase
#311 of 438 Re: 2007 outlander steering issues [scratchhead]
Feb 11, 2011 (4:50 am)
Not sure why you regret the purchase. You've had one out of pocket repair so far and may be looking at another. That's in 69K miles and about 4 years of ownership. Unless the car has proven unreliable in other ways that doesn't sound bad to me at all.
If the steering play you're feeling is eventually traced to the clock spring, then assuming you had Mitsu do the original repair it would be covered by a 12 month/12K mile warranty. Consider taking it to another dealer or asking to let you drive them so you can demonstrate the issue.
The white you're seeing is almost certainly vapor. If there was an emissions problem the CEL would come on. Look around at the other cars on the road and you'll see it everywhere.
#312 of 438 Re: 2007 outlander steering issues [fushigi]
Feb 11, 2011 (9:28 am)
I am not sure whether the steering issue is clock spring related; because I really feel the slip is around the rack & pinion area...something like gear teeth slippage. Can it be visually inspected easily by a mechanic or is it inside some box. Can an independent mechanic also check this or do they need special tools?
Well I regret because I have spend a lot of time on things which were not easily identifiable starting with excessive noise (NVH). Nothing really broke..except clock spring (I can drive with this steering issue..the steering does not pull to one side), but the overall experience was not pleasant.