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Mitsubishi Outlander HVAC Temperature Knob Hard to Turn

Mitsubishi Outlander Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007

Average Mileage: 92,844 mi (30,000 mi - 185,000 mi)


The heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) temperature control knob may be hard to turn. Mitsubishi Motors has released a service bulletin out outlining the necessary repairs. Repairs involve installing a new air blend door lever and link, lubing the blend door track, and installing a filter on top of the blower motor housing to prevent entry of dirt and debris. If the temperature control assembly has been damaged it will require replacement also.

  • Same problem.

    Here is the service bulletin with instructions to fix it and parts needed.

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  • Visitor, , 62,000 mi

    Broken temp knob like everyone else. You think Mitsubishi would take care of this being such a common problem. But that would be the right thing to do and NONE of the auto makers can seem to do the right thnig!!!

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  • Visitor, , 85,000 mi

    broke knob right off when trying to turn

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  •  Rookie

    knob broke off always hard to turn. looking for used unit but its $1000 bucks used and not installed.Mitsubishi needs to come clean on this.

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  •  Rookie

    The A/C control it's hard to turn on, the ventilation come in out very warm, and in a few second feel the ac works good but sudenly stop the fresh air,and start to feel hot again and again. I need to know what's the problem with mi car. The a/c fan some time works and somet time it doesn.t but the temperature indicator les than an half. The temperature I have no problem. Only in A/C on.

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    was always hard to turn but now can not switch from ac to heat

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  • Visitor, , 66,205 mi

    Same Exact problem as this post. Could not have written any different than is explained as follows:
    Running heater or AC would erratically produce a horrible loud noise from the glove compartment area. I removed the glove compartment and surrounding containment parts and found the blower and filter assembly. I removed the blower motor (easy) and the fan from the motor and found a fine layer of black dust. My first thought was bad bearings (BTW I know nothing about cars). I sprayed some WD-40 in the moving parts of the motor and replaced the fan. I reinstalled the blower motor and we had not noise for 2-3 months. Now making noise again so I'm shopping for a blower motor for a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander but all websites showing pictures show a different blower motor than the one I'm replacing. I can't find the one that was in my care anywhere, nor can I find any info advising of a change or model number. The model number from the sticker on the motor is CSA431D214A and Made in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, LTD. A Google search for that model number only returns a few hits and they are all European. My car was manufactured in March of 2007 and the blower motor shows a manufacture date of February 2007. I don't want to pay a dealer for such an easy part to replace but I'm not sure how to find the right motor.
    The search continues

    ME:Going to dealer Will follow up on results

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  •  Rookie

    Bulletin Number: 455003 Bulletin Date: 20040301 Category: 138130 VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:CONTROLS/WIRING

    Hav had no repairs done at this time.

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    hvac knob difficult to turn

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  • You need the strength of Hercules to turn the dial. I swear I'm going to break my fingers every time I try to turn it. We bought the car used in April 2011 & hadn't needed to use the heat before the 5 month extended warranty that we paid for at the car dealership was up.

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