Mitsubishi Starion Maintenance 101: Areas to Focus On During Routine Checks
Produced from 1982 to 1989, the Mitsubishi Starion is one of sports car models that defined the 1980s. Staying true to the decade's iconic symbols, the Starion rocks eccentric styling and "Turbo" badging all over its exterior and interior. But this two-door hatchback sports car is not all about exaggeration in the looks department—it is really a road stunner with its impressive turbocharged performance.
Just like any car, your Starion have parts that are highly prone to wear and failure, the issues of which have mostly to do with the way the car was designed and the materials its components are made of. Listed here are the areas that you need to pay particular attention to each time you perform a routine check on your Starion:
- Check the cylinder heads for cracks.
Cylinder heads crack because of poor maintenance and abuse of the car's owner, as well as your car's design. The steel jet valve shrouds in the engine can get extremely hot, with the heat going to the cylinder heads. This heat transfer causes the cylinder heads to crack. Here's a tip to prevent cracking cylinder heads: weld up both sides of the port and blend the chamber to remove the jet valves from the head.
Because your Starion is equipped with a turbo engine, a tremendous amount of heat is produced during combustion. This makes your cooling system work doubly harder to ensure that your engine runs at optimal temperature. The radiator is a crucial cooling system component whose maintenance you must not neglect. Even if it is just partially clogged, your vehicle will operate at a high temperature. The radiator gets clogged with sediment as a result of failure to change radiator fluid in a Starion's lifetime, so make sure that you change the fluid. You may also prevent or eliminate sediment buildup by cleaning your radiator.
- Check your cooling fans. Make sure they work properly and are in good condition.
This does not need further explaining. Apparently, you need your cooling fans to operate well so that your car will not bog down because of overheating. If one of your cooling fans is broken, replace it immediately.
Check your tires regularly for uneven treads, incorrect inflation, and balding. Failure to do so may compromise not only your Starion's fuel economy but also your safety on the road. So make sure you check your tire pressure once a month using a tire pressure gauge. Do it more often if you live or usally drive your vehicle in a cold location. If your tires are underinflated, fill it up to the PSI rating recommended by Mitsubishi for your Starion as soon as you can. Not sure about the correct PSI rating for your car? Check your tires or the panel of the driver's side door for this information. Lastly, rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles to extend their service life and to prevent uneven tire wear.