Mitsubishi Repair Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hi,What model vehicle is this?
Thanks. Unfortunately on my end all I could see is 2003 Mitsubishi.When you move the shifter to the side for manual mode, what is shown int he LCD display on the dash?
Thanks.If the LCD is just blank, then the signal to switch to manual mode is not reaching the computer.You said you verified all fuses already right? Are you experiencing any difficulty with operation in automatic mode at all?
No problem.Is there any evidence of a potential spills around the shifter in the past (even if months/a year ago etc)?
Wow, that can certainly be upsetting I'm sure.Generally speaking when we see this condition form it is nearly always a bad mode switch on the shifter.... if the switch doesn't trip to tell the computer the shifter has moved over, the display never turns on in the cluster.While it is certainly possible that something else is preventing the display from working, I'm sure you can imagine how unlikely it would be for that to happen and there be a problem with the manual operation. It is more likely just the "on" switch if you will is not working.That said, if you vigorously move the shifter left/right 20 times or so, does the LCD turn on at all?
Thanks.The fuse that powers that switch is the same one that powers the PRND lights on the dash, so we can easily check further if that switch is operating by watching those lights.... when you move the shift lever over to manual mode and the LCD does not turn on to display "1", does the "D" light turn off or does it remain lit?
Right, but does the "D" light turn out?
Oh I'm sorry maybe I misunderstood... do none of the P-R-N-D lights work?
Well that could change things! Hang on a moment
Please check number 3 in the dash using my diagram:
No worries.... when you place the shifter into Drive, the D light does light up? If yes, move it over to manual mode, does the D light turn off?
So the D light does not turn on at all?
Well that is particularly interesting.... but still most likely going to be indicating a mode switch failure.Essentially there is a power supply coming through the switch, which lights up each gear position as you go down the selector. When you reach the Drive position if you move the lever over the power is routed away from the Drive light and in to the manual LCD. This is not happening of course, and we know the power supply is good since the Park, Neutral etc lights all work.
The switch is located right on the shifter lever on the right side. You need to remove the console to to access it.... but most moderate DIYs can handle it. No special tools are needed, just some screw drivers.The switches are under $100, however if you have a very early model with an old style shifter you will have to get a conversion kit (or do some crafty work to make it fit since they are slightly different). The conversion kit is rather pricey, well over $200 last I checked. Your local dealer will be able to tell you which you need.... just tell them the gearshift mode select switch is bad, the one located on the right side of the shifter inside the car.