Utes become sag wagons
We took delivery of five Mitsubishi Triton dual-cab utes with dealer-fitted trays in January. When fully loaded all are under the recommended axle and GVM as stated in the Mitsubishi handbook. The weight is carried forward of the rear axle against the front of the tray. The heaviest grosses 1080kg over the front axle, 1480kg over the rear and Mitsubishi’s recommended maximum GVW is 2900kg. The rear springs have sagged so badly they have only 30mm clearance to the axle bump stop. The dealer we reported it to brushed it off but we have been told by a suspension expert this is a common problem with this model and that they would reset the springs and add extra leaves at a cost of $500 per vehicle. The concern we have in doing that is we would be altering the vehicle from the manufacturer’s specifications and might void the warranty. We have a mix of Toyota, Mazda and Mitsubishi utes, nine in total, all the same configuration and doing the same work, but only the Mitsubishis have this problem. What obligation does Mitsubishi have to repair them? What should we do from here to have the problem resolved?
Lindsay Whelan, email We asked Mitsubishi to investigate the problem and establish what is going on and their initial advice was it
‘‘ sounds weird and should be checked’’ and that you should contact your nearest dealer. Depending on the outcome, you might be able to take it further with the company.
LOG OF CLAIM
When parking my 2003 Volvo S60 in a forest it suddenly accelerated forward, over the log placed there to stop vehicles. As I drove into the parking spot my foot was on the brake, the car slowed and I was close to turning off the engine. I remember holding tightly to the steering wheel as the car accelerated and I am certain I did not have my foot on the accelerator. I had no reason to accelerate in that situation. What caused this incident?
Winnie Huang, email It is hard to say what went wrong at the time but the only thing you can do is to have the vehicle checked by a mechanic to ensure the accelerator is working correctly and that there is nothing under the pedal that might have caused it to jam. Volvo recalled S60s in the US when they had accelerator problems, with the recommendation to check the throttle position sensor and clean the throttle body.
Bumpstops here: rear springs have sagged in five Tritondual-cab utes, owner says