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Hi, I am also a U.K. member of a facebook group called Mitsubishi 4n14 problems. The balance shaft drive coupling failure is an extreemly common problem with this engine world wide. It is probable that ALL unmodified engines (Diesel 2.268cc MIVEC 130KW) of this type are effected to some extent but not all owners realise. Some who have contacted Mitsubishi dealers report that Mitsubishi claim they are not aware of any such fault. However it appears that the original replacement parts that were available do NOT cure the problem and the fault reoccurs and so now the original parts are now longer available. A new design of parts is now being supplied at great expense. The most obvious symptom is a loud ticking noise from the sump area at idle. This general dies down when the engine accelerates. The ticking is sever wear of the drive coupling of the balance shaft module and mating components. If no action is taken the gear driving the shaft may also suffer tooth failure which will cause sever immediate engine failure. I consider this is potentialy a dangerous fault. Many people have removed the sump to gain acces and then removed the drive shaft coupling to the balance module. The balance module is left in place but no longer rotates. If not already damaged the drive gear and shaft can be left in place. It is reported there are no sever engine vibrations as a result of removing the balance shaft. I have not yet removed my coupling and consider this is a Mitsubishi engine design fault and should be a recall due to the risk of dangerous engine failure. I would be interested to hear about others with this engine fault
 

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Hi I have just joined today and have a 2013 plate having done 94000 miles with a full service history. I thought my timing belt was on its way out but the engine specialist garage I have put the car in says that our local Mitsubishi dealer tells him it will be the balance shaft that has gone and is a common fault .they can supply a modified repair kit at an exstorsionists cost of £2500 plus vat. Having looked on the internet it appears that cars all over the world have been suffering this problem with the 4n14 engine and I agree its a dangerous fault which appears to me should be a recall due to it being a design fault otherwise why supply a modified kit .Cars of all ages up to and including 18 plates are affected. I am thinking about contacting the BBC Watch Dog program to see if they can help highlight the problem and put some pressure on Mitsubishi to get this sorted, so if any other owners want to do the same lets see if we can get this problem rectified at Mitsubishi,s exspense.
 

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Hi I have just joined today and have a 2013 plate having done 94000 miles with a full service history. I thought my timing belt was on its way out but the engine specialist garage I have put the car in says that our local Mitsubishi dealer tells him it will be the balance shaft that has gone and is a common fault .they can supply a modified repair kit at an exstorsionists cost of £2500 plus vat. Having looked on the internet it appears that cars all over the world have been suffering this problem with the 4n14 engine and I agree its a dangerous fault which appears to me should be a recall due to it being a design fault otherwise why supply a modified kit .Cars of all ages up to and including 18 plates are affected. I am thinking about contacting the BBC Watch Dog program to see if they can help highlight the problem and put some pressure on Mitsubishi to get this sorted, so if any other owners want to do the same lets see if we can get this problem rectified at Mitsubishi,s exspense.
 

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Thanks for your information bobbet. Yes I to would like have this problem highlighted to all owners with 4n14 engines and I think a safety recall is required. About 2 years ago I received a safety recall for the windscreen wiper motor/ linkage fault and Mitsubishi were required ro replace free of charge because it was a safety issue. I belive it was a requirement in UK for this wiper recalled to be corrected prior to issuing that years MOT. It is possible to check for outsatanding safety recalls by logging on to
Hi I have just joined today and have a 2013 plate having done 94000 miles with a full service history. I thought my timing belt was on its way out but the engine specialist garage I have put the car in says that our local Mitsubishi dealer tells him it will be the balance shaft that has gone and is a common fault .they can supply a modified repair kit at an exstorsionists cost of £2500 plus vat. Having looked on the internet it appears that cars all over the world have been suffering this problem with the 4n14 engine and I agree its a dangerous fault which appears to me should be a recall due to it being a design fault otherwise why supply a modified kit .Cars of all ages up to and including 18 plates are affected. I am thinking about contacting the BBC Watch Dog program to see if they can help highlight the problem and put some pressure on Mitsubishi to get this sorted, so if any other owners want to do the same lets see if we can get this problem rectified at Mitsubishi,s exspense.
 

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l had not finished replying when page crashed so my previous post continues below.
Safety recall can be checked at I www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-recall.. There is not one for this serious 4n14 engine fault and I wonder if there is a method of informing DVSA of safety issues that the Mitsubishi are not notifying them of. It is probable we do need somone like Watchdog to assist.
 
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