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CVT problem My Mitsubishi Outlander, when in cruise control, will occasssionally rev up to about 4500, drop back to 2000, back up to 4500, then back to about 2000 (all in the space of about 5 seconds). Dealer tells me "they all do that" but it does not seem right to me. I have only noticed it while in cruise control when I come to a hill. Is this likely to cause damage or increased wear to the transmission? Is it as they say "normal for the model"?

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  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2009

    Mine does that too, but not related to the cruise control. Basically whenever I am in idle, without AC or any other things running, the idle increases but not all the way to 4500, mine is a 2003 Lancer.

    I also notice that if you unplug the ecu long enough for it to reset the car will sometimes idle too low and die for a few minutes to hours while the ecu re-maps it's self. (Not sure if that is was it's doing, but it seems to sort it's self out after a short time and the problem goes away.)

    Also, I was told it's normal for them to idle funny like this too, but my range is 900 to 1500 rpms, for about 15 seconds then back to 900 rpms.

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Simple answer, no, it will not most likely cause any increased wear to your engine or transmission. Yes, it is normal for the engine to rev while climbing a hill while in cruise control.

The cruise is designed to be used on flat (or semi-flat) stretches of highway at 55mph or higher so you don't have to hold the fuel pedal the whole time and your foot doesn't get tired. The cruise control system will try it's best to keep your vehicle rolling at the set speed, increasing/decreasing the throttle to compensate for changes in engine load.

If you are driving with cruise on, try lightly putting your foot on the pedal and you might notice that the system will actually move the pedal itself. If you are in cruise, and you come up to a large hill, try putting your foot on the pedal and getting it up the hill on your own w/o cruise then resetting cruise once you are off the hill.

Also, cruise is not supposed to be used in moderate/ thick traffic or on country roads with a lot of rolling hills. The cruise control system is a "dumb" system meaning (not that it's pointless) but it will only change the pedal as the speed changes and it has no idea what's coming up next, even while you are already on the hill.

So, it is normal operation of the cruise control to try to compensate for a hill by constantly revving up the engine and letting it fall back down to try to keep moving at the exact same speed you set it for. If this is a bother, you can always use your foot to hold the pedal while climbing the hill normally.

Don't worry, it won't cause any increased wear and tear on your vehicle. I hope this helps. Good luck and don't forget to rate! Thank you!

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