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Mitsubishi Outlander Engine Overheating Due to Failed Cooling Fan Controller

 
Mitsubishi Outlander Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 125,600 mi (85,000 mi - 189,000 mi)

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An engine overheating condition may develop due to a failed radiator cooling fan controller. The failed controller should be replaced to correct this issue.

  • Visitor, , 189,000 mi

    Heats up when on idle then cools down when driving- the faster drive the quicker it cools down- I have to keep the heat blowing on high which seems to help a bit- is there a formal recall? Need to get this fixed soon as heading on long drive out of town.

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  • Visitor, , 101,000 mi

    Exactly the same thing here, overheats when idling, cools down when accelerate. Noticed when black smoke started coming from under the hood while picking my son up from school. The coolant container got so hot it blew the lid off and all the coolant needed up on the ground. Melted some plastic around the battery casing. I turned off the ignition just in time. Towed it to a shop, they replaced the fans and thermostat, seemed to be ok for a week or so. The problem has returned, but now AC is blowing hot air too. Checked everything else for damages, leaks, malfunctioning, everything is in great condition. Now even a quick drive-through or an idle at the red light are enough to overheat the engine.

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    Radiator blew because of overheating; coolant level was fine, but fans failed to cool engine even after cutting ignition
    Still arguing with Mitsubishi to get to the bottom of it

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    Replaced controller still seems to go up high

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  • Visitor, , 132,000 mi

    Did the recall and honestly I didn't check to see if the fans worked afterwords, but did notice A/C still didn't blow cold, wasn't big deal was winter time anyways. My radiator blew and I'm finding myself having to change it and thermostat "better safe than sorry", as I may as well since I'll have it all torn down. Heading back to dealer to question the change in controller, due to recall. This is getting a bit tiresome and expensive.

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  • Same thing happened to me @ 120,000 mi

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  •  Rookie

    engine temp surges when Idling then cools off when accelerate

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  •  Rookie

    I had to have a total engine over haul and still after I have the same problem. What do I do?

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