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#78 of 82 Re: my '09 won't go [fushigi]
Feb 12, 2010 (7:41 am)
Just buried. Not really sure what to expect out of 4WD, but so far so good. One thing I'd really like to know, and was terrible with our previous Mitsus, is how best to defrost the windows. I cranked up the heat and blower, but it still took forever to clear the windshield. Any suggestions?
#79 of 82 Re: my '09 won't go [authurdent]
Feb 12, 2010 (11:07 am)
First, never throw hot water on the windshield. That'll just net you some broken glass and a repair bill.
With the vent set to defrost, make sure the AC is on; it should come on automatically. That will help dehumidify the interior. That seems to be the #1 thing people forget about defogging the interior.
Also, to prevent fogging to begin with, if you park in a garage or other secure area, leave a window open a little bit so humidity that builds up can escape. Humidity comes from a number of things, including what we emit via sweat & breathing and the melting of the slush that clings to our shoes when we climb in. So while we can't stop breathing, do try to knock off as much slush from your shoes as you can before entering the car.
For the exterior .. Hit the rear defrost to start that up. On the outside brush off as much snow and stuff as you can.
If there's still snow/ice and you can't break it up easily with a scraper, spray it with windshield washer fluid (hopefully you're using a mix and not just water). Ideally I'd say have it in a squirt bottle and hit the windows that way v. running the washer since that runs the wipers which can get torn up on the ice.
And as long as you're clearing the outside, make sure your head/tail lights and turn signals are clear. All that spray that dirties your windshield is also hitting your headlights, making them less effective.
Feb 23, 2010 (12:41 pm)
Our XLS 4WD 6AT can downshift jerkily from 2nd to 1st. I understand that 6AT shift points were adjusted for the 2010 model. I guess this was a know problem with 2007-2009 models. Could this just be a warm-up issue? Is there a firmware fix?
#81 of 82 Re: downshifts [authurdent]
Feb 24, 2010 (7:11 pm)
If it only happens in the first 10 or so minutes of driving I'd call it a warm-up issue as you mentioned. Most cars exhibit small changes in behavior when cold, esp. during the winter months before they've had a chance to warm up.
That said, it never hurts to ask your dealer's service department or to call Mitsu's help line to see if an update is available for the trans. Start with the dealer. Before calling, check the NHTSA for any recalls or TSBs on your vehicle and if there are any, ask the dealer about taking care of those. Recall work is free & TSBs would be covered by your warranty. Your dealer can also check for recalls & updates for your vehicle if given the VIN.
Jun 24, 2010 (1:37 pm)
I have an Outlander 2009 with a MAX685BT and need to hack and play some DVD.
Any help ???