Question about 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander
Temperature control knob stuck and broken off
Posted by Anonymous on
Follow the cable.. It's the white piece that the cable connects to. Some kind of spring doesnt push the white piece forward far enough to select a hot temperature. You can adjust it yourself from the driver's seat at a red light. It feels like flat lever against the dash/transmission tunnel. Push forward for heat, pull back for AC. There's a spring busted or something and the knob can't overcome the required force... Just manipulate it manually. You can see the white lever mechanism clear as day if you open the driver's door, crouch down and look for the big white piece. My guess is that it has a internal tensioner or spring that crapped out.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: I bought a 2004 Lancer
i bought a used 2004 mitsubishi lancer ls sportback with the same problem. a google search told me this was a known defect and was covered under a dealer recall--no cost to me. my local dealer did the job. it took at least a half day--the entire dash, they said, had to be removed. the fix isn't perfect, but it is light years above and beyond what it was b4. the new knobs aren't silky smooth, but the old ones needed tools to turn!
Posted on Feb 06, 2011
The best way to fix this is to order a new knob from the Mitsubishi dealer near you. They are usually less than $10 and easy to pull off and install. Have your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) handy when you call to ensure you get the correct part. Tell the parts person you have the VIN and he'll be able to get you the part you need.
Posted on Oct 19, 2010
There is a technical service bulletin for this problem.(tsb# 05-55-003) The blend door inside the heater box is binding and needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, the dash has to be removed and the a.c. refrigerant removed in order to remove the heater box.
I already have purchased the blend door and the linkage for my son,s 2003 Lancer. I will be doing the job in about a week.
I am a professional auto repair tech with 38 years experience. I would not recommend doing this job yourself unless you are pretty good with auto repair work.
Posted on Nov 22, 2009
You have to locate the cable between the heater core box and dash control knob most likely it is hung up someplace in between if you can straighten it out it will give you more cable length also look to see there may be a loose spring that need to be reattached.
wear safety glasses and get a good light you will need screw drivers needle nose pliers snap ties to hold cable in place
Posted on Feb 03, 2009
If you can pull the rotating knob off, use a pair of pliers and rotate the rod and see if it works....or, does the knob seem like it is not grabbing?
Posted on Mar 13, 2009
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