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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer DE 4dr Sedan Man FWD

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
24 mpg city / 33 mpg hwy
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August 23, 2010, 7:28 am

Janice J

Question: Heat/Air Conditioner Knob

Has anyone had problems with changing from heat to air? The knob just won't move and I've had it replaced once already. Have there been any other complaints about this problem?

December 2, 2010, 9:52 am

Emma H

Yep, mine is stuck on cold. I've heard it's *extremely* common on this model. The knob isn't the problem, it's the air blender door inside the air box within the dash. It costs about $1,000 to fix; the part itself is somewhere around $500 and it's a labor-intensive repair, requiring the entire dash to be removed - or so I've been told by two different mechanics. I can't find it on the repair cost calculator on this site.

I've opted to just live without heat. I live in the balmy, scorching desert of far west Texas, and I only wish I had warm air for maybe 10 weeks a year anyway. The bigger drawback is that without heat, the defroster is rendered pretty much useless - but thankfully, frost and ice only appear on my windshield two or three times a year.

An ice scraper and a good winter coat are much cheaper than the repair, and will probably last longer.

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June 3, 2011, 9:21 am

Charity S

I had the same issue with my knob until it broke off in January. Instead of repairing it, I have invested in a good pair of pliers to turn the plastic piece in the dashboard. It's worked for me so far!

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