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Temperature control knob in lancer

Temp control knob in my lancer wont work. It is struck in cooling mode. I'm unable to change to heating mode. When i checked with one of the mech he says the whole system need to be changed (very expensive). Is this a design failure in these models? Changing is the only solution?

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  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    My daughter has the same problem with her 02. Only thing, she tried to force it and broke the shaft in half. It's made of plastic. My research indicated your mechanic is right. The manufacturer has identified a faulty cable/flap and gear mechanism that operates the door to control the temp. They have a replacement door and cable, but it is very labor intensive to remove the bad piece and install the new one.

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    Same problem for me I found this link that describes how to fix it: http://www.suaz.ws/Lancer/index.pdf

  • tombart Dec 03, 2008

    http://www.suaz.ws/Lancer/index.pdf

  • trent562 Jan 02, 2009

    I have the same problem, when you start the engine the control knob is very tight and hard to turn. I'd forced the cooling and heating knob and it broke in pieces. I'd looked under the steering wheel and found out that the cable is very tight and the plastic case is tight as well.



    Is there a way to replace the plastic case and cable? also the control knob, cooling/heating and vent?

  • hamilton_edd Feb 12, 2009

    I too have the same problem. There is a cheap/lame way to fix it: While sitting in the drivers seat, duck down and reach under the dash. Grab the oblong piece of plastic (where the cable connects) and push the cable foward or backward to change the tempurature manually. It's a pain in the *** everytime, but its the only thing that works for me.

  • DKANGSIM Mar 10, 2009

    I have the same problem.
    I recently broke the knob too because it was very challenging to turn the knob. Now, I'm driving with hot wind flowing to my face (and it's getting hotter here).

    Man, doesn't Mitsubishi recall this parts for all the Lancers?

    It seems that Mitsubishi know of this problem, and I hope that this needs a cooperate attention to fix it.

    I think we should bring this issues to Mitsubishi.

    Who's with me?

    let me know:
    my e-mail: dkangsim@ucsd.edu


  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    all my knobs are broken excpt the air control I'm stuck on heat now las vegas is geting way hot and this sucks anyone know where we can get a part ?

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    I also had the same problem and like someone else said I am now riding with heat to my face and my window down because I broke the knob trying to turn it. Mitsubishi should fix this problem for free!

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I have the same problem.... It is an easy thing to fix. What it is, is the cable has jamed up in the casing, but you can manually pull and push the cable. On the drivers side of the car under the steering wheel above the gas/brake pedals there should be a bunch of wiring. To the right of all the wiring and mess there should be a cable if you reach in far enough. It will probablly take you a while to find it. It would most likley be surrounded by white plastic. once you find the cable you can pull it and push it, When you do pull/push it you will see the knob turn on your console.

If you still have any problems drop me an e-mail
phil_meyers@hotmail.com

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