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Mitsubishi Outlander Maintenance and Repair



  • 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. :)
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,217
    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.
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 892
    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.
  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :cry:

    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 :mad:
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,217
    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.
  • 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.
  • jonoxjonox Posts: 84
    I've recently heard from two different Mitsu. dealers that the "severe maintenance" interval on new models will soon be increased beyond the 3 month/6000km limit now recommended to four or five months.

    Anyone have more details on this proposed change?
  • tonyblutonyblu Posts: 2
    I drive a Mits Outlander 2005 4WD Auto-transmission.
    I put it in D-Drive but it didnt move.
    R-Reverse moves but after a chug sound.
    Last Saturday, while filling the AC gas, another mech checked and noticed that the front shafts had damaged plastic covers that were replaced. But ATF fluid dripped from the tranny thru the removed shafts.

    While topping the ATF, this fluid spilled on some wire harness and wire-sockets on the tranny next to the dip-stick opening.

    This morning, when the D-Drive failed to move the car, I noticed an extra dull glow of the green light on N-Neutral on the dash-board indicator when the stick is in the D-Drive position.
    No Check-Engine light came up. No blinking light on cluster.

    Can this spilled ATF on these cable cause the tranny to fail like this?

    What can I do to correct it?

    I cant move the car to a scan centre.

    Any ideas??

  • tonyblutonyblu Posts: 2
    An Update...Resolved!

    Seems like it was indeed ELECTRICAL!

    I topped up the ATF & took off the battery terminals since I couldnt lay hands on a mobile scanner.

    The battery terminals stayed off for 3 days, and I reconnected it this morning. Checked that the atf level was ok.

    Engaged D-position and d Outie MOVED FWD effortlessly the way it was supposed to! Reverse was also ok. The funny lights on the P D N were also gone.

    Inasmuch as I want to take it for a spin, it's not leaving my garage until I get a scanned diagnosis done - incl the tranny control unit status. I dont want any surprises since the CUV is being driven by wifey (usu when carrying 2 under-5 girls). I wont want them getting stuck in Lagos (Nigeria) sun & traffic hazards.

    My guess is that d tranny detected low atf level & entered limp mode to protect d tranny (?), or d spilled atf on d tranny cables triggered d limp mode.

    Flushing off d spilled atf with water & removal of d batt possibly reset d ECU & TCU to default allowing original progmming to execute.

    But I'll know for sure when I get d scan done. I'm kinda sacred driving it to a scan shop - I dont want it stalling on me halfway.

  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 892
    Glad to hear problem might be solved. Good luck..
  • costello1costello1 Posts: 60
    I have 43k on my car and need to replace brake pads on both axels , what is a fair price to do this? Local Mitis dealers wants $179 per .Thanks
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 892
    My '07 Outlander has 44K and I just had the pads replaced. For ceramic pads both axles, Rotors lightly turned to take off the glaze, And a oil change and the 30K inspection I never got done, my independent mechanic charged less than $400.

    That price from the dealer doesn't sound bad, if they're resurfacing the rotors. My guy didn't do that at first, they were squealing badly with the new pads, he had to remove them and have them cut.
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 389
    While I was very impressed previously how quick they FEDEXed and repaired my only previous problem on my 2007 Outlander (broken spring). I am disappointed to say the least that I'm being told today my ABS unit is on backorder and may take several weeks!!! Problem is a fault with ASC , so it is now disabled. Of course the car is driveable without stability control, but the display screen is in yellow mode displaying the fault with minimal data I can select while driving. The car was in a week ago for the diagnosis and I really thought the part was probably in and they didn't get around to calling me back yet, so I called today. Several weeks is BAD!!! Like I said, sure glad I can drive it in the mean time but wonder if there is a run on these things going bad to not have some in inventory. :confuse:
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,217
    Sorry to hear about it. Maybe the supplier was impacted by the Japan quake and hasn't fully rebounded.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 581
    Like I said, sure glad I can drive it in the mean time but wonder if there is a run on these things going bad to not have some in inventory

    The ABS system is something not commonly broken, that's probably why they don't have spare parts readily available. Maybe they have to ship it from Japan. You would be more worried if it was readily available, because that would mean they are anticipating a lot of repairs. That's just another way to look at it.
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 389
    edited September 2011
    I guess I look at it another way. While you don't stock all but the most commonly used parts at a dealer, one should have a depot stock in the US available for overnight FEDEX. Either they have a run on these things or they initially poorly stocked them. Several weeks backorder is not a good situation for the customer or dealer and usually only happens with recalls. Even though a part might not often fail, parts that are critical for operation still need some level of stocking anyway. If I was trying to pass an inspection now I would be SOL if it was related to safety and braking (not sure about ASC). I do have an inspection due in the month of October so I might be unpleasantly finding this out soon enough. When I order a hamburger, I don't expect them to raise the cow and butcher it first as part of my order process if you know what I mean!!! . . :sick:

  • batman47batman47 Posts: 606
    edited September 2011
    Ceramic brake pads? What is wrong using the OME Outlander brake pads? You may not needed to resurface the disk rotor would you stick to OME parts.
  • ABS sensors are embedded (screwed) on each fix part adjacent to each wheel. When any of these sensors is faulty, the ABS icon light comes on in the control panel announcing that an ABS sensor is malfunctioning.

    This problem is very rare in a vehicle with 40K miles. Generally the ABS sensor starts failing because corrosion has made its way into the delicate parts of the sensors. My Lexus SC300 is 14 years-old and the ABS light appeared on the control panel. I took the vehicle to a Lexus garage and I almost fainted when the price was quoted (which included sensors replacement + labour). I jacked up the car and cleaned thoroughly the 4-sensors with cleaning oil and indeed the 4-sensors were almost welded to the fix part joined to the wheels. I tried to unscrew them so I could check each of them individually but without success and even a screw snapped. I used a spanner and knocked the surrounding area of the sensor relatively hard in the hope that the vibration of the hitting would detach the very small corrosion inside the sensor that was interfering with the ABS sensor signals. Luckily the front sensor that I attacked first was the faulty one so I did not need to hit the other three.

    It worked! I do not have the ABS icon light on anymore in the control dash.
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