A 2001 Mitsubishi Galant with an F4A51 transmission came into a shop here in Miami with a complaint of no forward movement. The complaint was verified, and the unit was replaced with a rebuilt transmission that matched in gear ratio. After a thorough road test the car was returned to the owner.
Now, That’s Odd!
We had such a case just recently. We field many calls regarding the Hyundai and Mitsubishi F4A40/50 series transmission. Usual complaints on this unit are that it’s in failsafe or there’s a 2-3 shift flare. But on one particular day, we received three tech calls in a row with an out-of-the-ordinary problem. Two were regarding a 2001 Dodge Stratus with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine, the other a 2002 Chrysler Sebring with the same 3.0-liter V-6 engine.
Back to the 40s and 50s
The F4A42 hit the streets in 1997 in the Mitsubishi Mirage. Since then it has grown into a F4A51 and has found its way into larger Mitsubishi models as well as Hyundai vehicles. This month we’re going to explore some valve-body-related issues, look at valves that can be installed incorrectly and provide some explanations about valve function.