FAQs—Mitsubishi Expo LRV
Something is weird about my Expo LRV's automatic transmission. When my vehicle is cold, the transmission tends to go to neutral when I shift between first and second or second and third. I have to de-press the gas and then press it again to make the transmission shift into the proper gear. Also, shifting becomes okay as soon as the car is warmed up. How can I make my transmission work normally again?
Either your transmission filter is clogged or your transmission fluid is contaminated with metal shavings. Check the condition of the transmission filter and fluid, as well as the bottom of the pan. If one or both of the cases exist, then it is time to change your filter and fluid. Doing it is so simple, you can finish it in just an hour. Before you work under your car, jack it up and place it on jack stands. Next, directly under the transmission drain plug, place a bucket to drain the transmission fluid into it. Remove the drain plug using a socket wrench to start draining the fluid. Once all fluid has been drained, remove the transmission filter and install the new filter. Then pour transmission fluid (Make sure that it is the type recommended by Mitsubishi in your owner's manual). While doing it, check the fluid level using the transmission fluid dipstick. Dispose the old transmission fluid immediately and properly to avoid harmful environmental effects. It is recommended that you change transmission fluid every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.
One of the seat belts on my Mitsubishi Expo LRV would not retract. Can I make this stubborn thing retract properly again?
The key to a smoothly retracting seat belt is to restore it to its original slippery condition, which can be achieved by cleaning it. Scrub the seat belt, including the plastic loop it slides through, with mild detergent mixed with a little ammonia. If cleaning somehow does not solve the problem, there might be an internal defect in the tractor mechanism. To correct this issue, you will have to replace the seat belt retractor.
What causes premature clutch failure on a Mitsubishi Expo LRV? How is it fixed?
Your only option is to replace a bad clutch. A high-quality aftermarket replacement clutch is recommended because it is likely to last longer than one purchased from the dealer. But before you install a new clutch, inspect first the old clutch so that you know what caused it to fail. For example, if the old clutch is soaked in oil, then that is a clue that a leak caused its demise. At this point, do not attempt to install the new clutch yet—find the source of the leak and fix it first. Aside from leak, another probable cause is repetitively harsh engagement of the clutch at high engine RPM. This damages the clutch hub and stop pins, triggers the facing material to break away from the backing plate, and blows out the compression springs.