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Why NOT to buy a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS
Last post on Jan 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM
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Mitsubishi Outlander, SUV
#93 of 128 Re: Outlander "thump-thump-thump tire?noise [solowalker]
Jul 02, 2008 (8:44 pm)
I've had all the tires taken off and checked over by a reputable tire company..rotated,balance,and checked over and they didn't find anything wrong w/the tires. I, too, thought it could be a tire "coming apart" but they didn't think so.
This sound began as I left the dealership after getting the oil changed and nitrogen put into the tires. I don't see how nitrogen could make a noise.???
My wife told me today that she heard a loud 'clunk" while trying to get out of a crowded parking lot..had the steering wheel cranked all the way and the car wouldn't even move until she backed off the wheel a bit..that's when she heard the noise. I have read other messages re: this "new" mysterious sound and will see if I can get to the bottom of it...Still waiting for the Mitsubishi rep re:tires and steering click. PS 22,000 miles since Sept.4,2007 ...purchased it new.
#94 of 128 Re: Outlander "thump-thump-thump tire?noise [olliexls2007]
Jul 03, 2008 (6:20 am)
" My wife told me today that she heard a loud 'clunk" while trying to get out of a crowded parking lot."
This is coming back every few months, with new owners:
"...Just bought an 08 Outlander SE 4 cyl with cvt. There is a light single clunk or tap when I pull away. It only happens after the car is started. In other words, it will not make the noise putting it into drive from park or neutral. You must turn the ignition on and put it in drive and then you get one clunk as you give it a little gas to pull away. Any thoughts?
Replying to: bozzy1 (Mar 27, 2008 3:45 pm)
Yes, we already talked about this few months back. It is ABS self test, and it happens every time you restart the car. Check your service manual as well for detailed explanation. "
Can it be your problem as well? As far as your tires, have your dealer tried to swap a set of tires, just to be sure ?
#95 of 128 Re: Outlander "thump-thump-thump tire?noise [piast]
Jul 07, 2008 (9:25 am)
I am going to the dealer today AGAIN to see what ,if anything, the factory rep. has to say re: my "thumps". I don't think they will swap out the tires as they now have over 20K on them but still not ready for replacement. I have had 3 of the tires "plugged" very near the sidewall and one may be coming apart as a result of this. The screws/nails were so close to the sidewall that I had difficulty getting anyone to plug them.
#96 of 128 Re: Outlander "thump-thump-thump tire?noise [piast]
Jul 07, 2008 (5:34 pm)
Service writer told me that the tires may have a flat spot due to sitting on the lot so long before it was bought. Duh...I bought it in Sept. of 2007 and it had been on a lot for several months but the THUMP didn't start until they put nitrogen in the tires.
I have an appt this Fri and they will put 70+ lbs in all tires , run it til tires heat up then "force balance" the tires (balance them while they are on the SUV).
I still think it may ahve something to do w/the nitro and maybe they overinflated a tire or whatever.
#97 of 128 Re: Outlander "thump-thump-thump tire?noise [solowalker]
Jul 07, 2008 (5:42 pm)
I have now been told that the Mit Raiders sat on lots for a loooong time and the tires developed a "flat" spot and that the "fis" is as follows:
they inflate tires to 70+lbs
run it until tires heat up
"force balance" the tires (balance on the SUV)
then, put in proper air pressure
sounds like tire voodoo to me.
#98 of 128 Re: Outlander "thump-thump-thump tire?noise [olliexls2007]
Jul 08, 2008 (9:18 am)
Wow - what a load you are being fed by these dealers! Flat spots on tires that cause that kind of thump are no and never would be from sitting - not unless the dealer dug into his old piles of Nylon Tires he had left over from the 70's. Flat spots that cause that kind of noise are usually tires that have been braked hard and with ABS that is not really possible.When I received my new Outlander I had some vibration - the dealer asked me to go to the Good Year tire shop and have them checked out. They replaced 3 out of the 4 Eagle LS2's as defective: THREE OUT OF FOUR. There was no way they could get them to centre as the casing was warped.
Check around your rim - you will see a fine ridge on the tire - this is the centering aid. If that is not equal distance from the rim all around - that would be the starting point for any good tire guy.
As for plugging these tires - I called nmy trusted tire shop - they will not plug tires anymore without also affixing a patch and they say they would never attempt to fix a damage that was close to the sidewall under any circumstances. It would become impossible to guarantee and would be difficult to balance. jmtbw
#99 of 128 Re: Outlander "thump-thump-thump tire?noise [20vcq]
Jul 08, 2008 (5:39 pm)
I thought the service guy was looney,too(ns). The ridge seems equal distance from the rim on all tires. As for getting the tires plugged, 2 that were fixed (believe it or not) were while we were on vacation out of state (700+mi. from home) and on a Sunday morning...the 3rd tire that was plugged was also on a Sunday but only 20 mi. from home but I still had to be to work the next AM so I went with the old "plug-em-and-go" repair kit.
I looked where the tires were made (Japan),,,I guess they must have a different standard for these very expensive tires than the U.S.A. I've only had tire problems 1 time before and that was approx. 8 yrs ago when I had 3 out of 4 Generals that were defective and traded up to Mics. Best choice ever back then.
Thanks for your input. I will print out your message and show it to the rookie service guy.
#100 of 128 Re: Outlander "thump-thump-thump tire?noise [20vcq]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 08, 2008 (7:12 pm)
I always heard that tires on new cars are over-inflated by the factory to prevent flat-spotting while the cars are in transit and sitting around the dealer lots.
There's more at the TireRack:
#101 of 128 Re: Outlander "thump-thump-thump tire?noise [steve_]
Jul 09, 2008 (7:07 am)
People on these boards have mentioned the tires being over-inflated for shipping. Mine had about 44 Psi each when I bought the car.
#102 of 128 Re: Outlander "thump-thump-thump tire?noise [steve_]
Jul 09, 2008 (9:13 am)
The mfg date on my GG XLS was Oct 2006. I bought it "new" in Sept 2007. After a couple days the tire indicator lite up. There was 18lbs in 1 tire and not more than 25 in the others.
The THUMP only developed after approx 18500 miles AND only as I drove away from the dealer after nitrogen was put in the tires.
So...it did sit w/low pressure for a while but no problem until "NITRO"..hummmmm.. any ideas?