sandange
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Shifter Problem & Warning Lights

Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:33 am

It Finally Happened
As we had been joking on another posting on shifting .
JoeS had mentioned he would probably be the first to wear out the shifter well...
I'm sad to say that I beat you to it Joe.

125,000 km, 77,600 miles of heavily using the shifter brought it on...
my first repair due to wearing something out.

The Symptoms
1) I would get warning light lighting up after starting up and then shifting into D, making me think there was a much larger problem.
A restart and shift again would often make the problem disappear.

Things got worse
2) The shifter felt stiffer.

3) Warning light would sometimes light up when shifting through D, N, E, & B requiring a pull over & restart.

4) Finally, when placing the shifter into B mode, the indicator in the dash display would occasionally show it was in E mode.

Cost
Was about 200 for the shifter sensor unit, another that much for the dealer to install it & of course the taxes.
$ 446 total

Video
I had taken 2 to present the problem to the Mitsubishi service department since this was happening intermittently. Here are the links for those interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBNP87KcMKI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_9QWqLWVB4

Diagnosis
The mechanic recognized this problem from other i Mievs he had serviced with about the same mileage & said the shift selector sensor needed to be changed.
So Far So good. The problem seems to be gone.
Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
88,850 miles, 143,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven
130,480 miles (210,000 km)

PV1
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Re: Shifter Problem & Warning Lights

Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:51 am

Good for another 77,000 :mrgreen: .

Just curious. Did the contact pads wear out, or did they just need cleaned? The stiff shifter was likely the cable needing lubricated (I think another member had to do that to fix the car not going into Park).
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"Koorz" - 2012 Cool Silver Metallic ES with QC - 1/5/2015

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sandange
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Re: Shifter Problem & Warning Lights

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:40 am

Sorry i didn't see the parts involved or the work being done.

With my limited knowledge of electrical components, & the warning lights going off , I backed away from messing with it fearing any repercussion should there be any future warranty claims.
Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
88,850 miles, 143,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven
130,480 miles (210,000 km)

PV1
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Re: Shifter Problem & Warning Lights

Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:29 am

Gotcha ;) . Didn't know whether they showed you the old part or not.
"Bear" - 2012 Diamond White Pearl ES with QC - 2/21/2013
Solar-powered since 10/10/2013

"Koorz" - 2012 Cool Silver Metallic ES with QC - 1/5/2015

2017 Bolt EV LT in Orange with QC - 7/31/2017

Driving electric since 2-21-2013.

JoeS
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Re: Shifter Problem & Warning Lights

Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:16 pm

sandange, thank you for posting the details. Yes, you beat me to it, but I bet jray3, who is close to you in mileage, is paying attention. Sounds as though what was replaced is something the Mitsu repair manual refers to as the "Shift Position Switch" located on the transaxle. With the initial symptom being stiffness of the selector, I can't help but wonder if it wasn't a lubrication issue. We'll never know, but glad you're back on the road again. Considering all the moisture and snow and temperature extremes, your cars in northern climes are sure subjected to a lot more abuse than those in our very benign California environment... until the next earthquake. :roll:
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