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Mitsubish Triton 2008: Airbag clock spring

Asked by Geoff Vernon

At 60,000km my 2008 Mitsubishi Triton diesel had its manifolds replaced under warranty due to carbon build-up caused by our poor quality diesel fuel. Just before 135,000km and only a month or two outside the 5-year part of its 5/10 warranty, the engine started surging and hunting at low revs, so I booked it in for its service. A day later the airbag warning light came on as well, so I added that to the list for the dealer to take care of. Over $2100 later, I had one “suction control valve” replaced, one "airbag clock spring" replaced, and a 135,000km service done. The dealer told me the suction control valve was worn out from the fuel (gunked-up) and the airbag clock spring had broken. I can understand the suction control valve being replaced, but I am absolutely astounded that an airbag spring can break when the airbags have never seen action!! How can something like that break? I also understand that the 10-year part of my 5/10 warranty only covers drivetrain components, but I feel a bit peeved about having to pay for the replacement of a part that is actually required to make the engine run (i.e. fuel delivery) so soon out of warranty. Do you think it worth my while writing to Mitsubishi about the two components, particularly the airbag spring, and requesting compensation of some sort?

Answered by CarsGuide

20 Sep 2013 Graham Smith

Yes, I do. You might not get the full amount reimbursed, but I think you have a good claim for part payment of the costs involved.

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