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.
Car Problem Reports
Mitsubishi Outlander HVAC Temperature Knob Hard to Turn
Mitsubishi Outlander Problem
Average Mileage: 95,680 mi (30,000 mi - 185,000 mi)
Visitor, 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, 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!!!
Visitor, 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander
Here is the service bulletin with instructions to fix it and parts needed.
Visitor, 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, 85,000 mi
broke knob right off when trying to turn
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.
Visitor, 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander, 100,000 mi
was always hard to turn but now can not switch from ac to heat
Visitor, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander, 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
Bulletin Number: 455003 Bulletin Date: 20040301 Category: 138130 VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:CONTROLS/WIRING
Summary: HEATER TEMPERATURE DIAL HARD TO TURN. *TT
Hav had no repairs done at this time.
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.
Visitor, 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander, 70,000 mi
hvac knob difficult to turn
Visitor, 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander
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.