2010 Mitsu Outlander: Snakes in the Vent, Mice in the Trunk
October 19, 2010
There's something going on with our Outlander's climate control. It sounds like there's a snake living in the left-center air vent, hissing at sporadic moments. Sometimes it happens at idle, sometime it happens when accelerating, sometimes it happens when lifting off the throttle, sometimes it happens when turning up the air flow or turning down the air flow. It rarely happens when I play The Greatest Hits of the Pungi. In other words, there's no set cause/effect.
In the off chance there is in fact a serpent living behind the dash, perhaps he gets riled because there seems to be a bunch of mice in the trunk. Perhaps its the third-row seat jiggling about in all its useless glory, but be it mice or men-unfriendly seating, it squeeks ALL THE TIME.
The below video will show how it squeeks while driving only 10 mph through a pretty smooth underground garage -- imagine what it's like at speed and on a crumbling LA highway. You should also be able to hear the snake a bit right off the bat. Please ignore the visual since I wasn't paying attention while, you know, driving 10 mph through a pretty smooth underground garage.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 6,608 miles