How to tune the suspension of L400? External shock absorber is not always good.

Have you ever put in a new set of shocks, only to be disappointed when you test drive it and find it too stiff? From such experience This is a suggestion of “rear tuning for old guys”. Here is my proposal. That stock shock absorber is definitely out of date, isn’t it? It’s an old car. There is no such thing as a new car. It’s probably wobbly and uncomfortable to drive. If you look under the car, do you see the black stock shocks? If it’s a stock shock, it’s probably dead. Are you thinking of replacing them with external shocks of some kind? Now you’re probably thinking, “What’s the best way to go? External shock absorbers are usually harder. Since the introduction of the Space Gear, it has been said that it shakes and rolls a lot, so most of the manufacturers of external shocks make shock absorbers to prevent this from happening. So, what I’m wondering is whether harder shocks are really comfortable for everyone? I think so. Especially for people like me, who will be old in 10 years, do they really want a stiff suspension? The goodness of genuine Mitsubishi shock absorbers and the goodness […]

Engine noise is quieter now! Pulley bearing replacement (air conditioner belt tensioner pulley)

If you go to a genuine parts store, they will tell you that the compressor tension pulley is an assembly replacement, but you can actually replace the bearing for a few hundred yen. I had been feeling that the fan belt was wearing out fast lately, but it seems that this was the cause. After replacing the bearing, the engine noise at idling became quieter, which surprised me. I was surprised at how quiet the engine sounded at idling after replacing the bearing. I guess even parts like this deteriorate after a long time of use. Let’s be careful. This article is about the replacement of the pulley bearing. ディーラーだとアッセンブリ交換 I went to a Mitsubishi genuine parts store and tried to order just the pulley, but they told me I had to order the entire assembly, including stays and bolts, and the price was over 5,000 yen! Instead of ordering, I went to another parts store and asked if they had just the pulley. I went to another parts store and asked if they had any pulleys, but they said they only had genuine parts for this part. Well, ・・・・ what should I do? ・・・・ Do you want to replace […]

To replace the fan belt on the 4M40, remove the alternator tensioner!

I didn’t realize it when I wrote this article, but I had been thinking that the fan belt was wearing out quickly. After I wrote this article, I replaced the pulley of the air conditioner belt, and suddenly the engine sound became quieter and the V-belt did not decrease. For a long time, I had been thinking that only the two V-belts were wearing out quickly, but it seems that the cause was that the bearing of the tension pulley of the air conditioner belt had died and was no longer turning. This article is about the replacement of the fan belt, but I will upload an article about the replacement of the air conditioner belt pulley bearing later, so please look forward to it. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) Replace all three anyway. The two V-belts that turn the alternator were worn out and thin, and even if I wanted to replace just these two belts, I would have to remove the compressor belt to get to the two V-belts, so I decided to replace all three belts anyway. I decided to replace all three belts anyway, since fan belts for L400 Space Gear are usually sold in sets […]

The cause of noisy engine is in an unexpected place! What is the cause of the noise that reduces even fuel efficiency?

If you have a noisy Delica Space Gear and you’re wondering why it doesn’t get quieter even after using fuel and oil additives, it might be worth a try. I replaced the fan belt and pulley bearings, which don’t seem to have much to do with the quietness of the engine, and it became very quiet. The diesel noise (squeaky noise) was loud. The “squeaky noise” at idling was noisy to begin with. When I replaced the fan belt, it was reduced and thinned out early in the Warri, and I felt like the ・・・・ fan belt was wearing out fast. What? When I touched the pulley when I changed the fan belt for the second time, I found ・・・・・・ It’s not working! So I hurriedly replaced the tension pulley bearings in the compressor belt and all three fan belts… Suddenly the engine is quiet! I’ve become so accustomed to noisy idling that I didn’t realize how quiet this engine was: ・・・・ I didn’t know that. Basically a quiet engine. When the 4M40 was developed, it was supposed to be a dramatically quieter engine with dramatically less black smoke. It’s hard to believe with the state of the 1st model […]

Why does the L400 Delica Space Gear have so many “strange noises”? How to get rid of the noise and get younger

The undercarriage of the L400 Space Gear makes various noises, but why does it make so many strange noises from various parts of the undercarriage and why do various parts wear out? If you think about it in terms of humans. Poor posture, poor use of the legs, and undue strain on parts of the body. With that in mind for a moment, I did a L400 space gear alignment adjustment and the results were great, so I’ll let you know! It’s making noises all over the place. If you look at the access analysis of this site, the search term “L400 space gear noise” is what you will see. This car may be one of those rare cars that is really bothered by noise from the suspension. There is no end to the topics around here on other sites. I’ve been bothered by these noises myself. The source of the noise is usually the front suspension sway link or the upper arm & ball joint. What’s causing the noise? Why are there strange noises coming from the undercarriage? When you think about it, it’s the stabilizer links and ball joints that cause it, but if you think about it […]

Why do Mitsubishi cars… and the L400 space gears hate it? The unfortunate reason why only Mitsubishi riders know about it

Are my fellow car enthusiasts and mechanics in Japan looking out for me? He doesn’t say it too openly, but he doesn’t like Mitsubishi cars very much. I like the original design and functions of the car that doesn’t imitate other companies and the high performance 4WD that can be used in the race immediately. This time I’d like to talk about the Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi still hasn’t earned the trust of the public I’ve been driving a L400 Delica Space Gear for a long time. Why don’t you change your car? Or, “What’s the best thing about that car? And they say a lot of things. I’ve explained a few things to them before, but their reaction was Hmmm. ・・・・ A response that never seems to be sympathetic. Most of the people who ask me those questions are Toyota and Honda users. I mean. Why don’t you drive a great Toyota or Honda? I guess that’s what you’re saying. Mitsubishi with its cover-up nature One of the biggest reasons why the general public dislikes Mitsubishi’s cars is because of the “revelations of the hidden recalls” that occurred around 2000 and 2001. Despite the fact that accidents and even fatalities were […]

Replacing the shock absorbers behind the L400 Delica Space Gear

Recently, I felt that the car was leaning a lot when going around curves, so I decided to replace the shock absorbers with ones I got from a friend. This is an article about how the feeling I got when I test drove the car after the replacement was more than I expected. Don’t think it’s easy to replace a rear shock. “I tend to think that the rear shocks are easy to put on and take off in a car without ECS, but when I tried it, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Personally, I found the front one to be easier. (I can do it sitting in a chair.) First of all, I had a hard time accessing the rear shock absorbers. As I’m a big guy, I didn’t feel like slipping under the floor with the normal ride height, so I had to use the spare tire and a garage jack to raise the car body a little bit to get under. Why did I jack up the spare tire? That said, when you jack up the differential, the hosings also go up and the shock absorbers become shorter. I wanted to make […]

The motor doesn’t stop and the motor beeps even though the steps are out! Autostep sensor repair

After the sliding door is opened and the autostep protrudes, there is now a “beep” sound. The “Half Door Warning Light” was blinking on and off at the meter panel. It was obvious that some kind of trouble was going on! The autostep has a sensor inside the unit that detects overhang and retraction. I thought it might be a problem in this area. However, it was still cold and rainy in early spring, so I couldn’t get up to speed. I don’t even know where the safety circuit for the auto-step motor’s power supply is… However, the motor of Autostep turns off automatically, and the operation of Autostep can be turned on and off with a single switch, so it has been neglected for some time because it does not cause any practical problems. However, I finally got up the nerve to take down the Autostep. The cause is still the sensor switch. It felt easier to take the autostep down this time, as I’ve repaired the autostep link before. If you jack it up enough to fit your body and remove 2 connectors and 3 bolts and 2 nuts, the autostep unit comes off. If you remove the […]

Batteries are super important in the late model L400 Delica Space Gear! Electricity is the solution to all problems

This engine has been transformed into an entirely different engine by being electronically controlled. So… It’s a diesel engine, but the battery is the life! If it’s a gasoline car, the quality of the battery will change the condition of the engine, but late model 4M40 diesel engines will also vary in engine performance depending on the quality of the battery! I guess it’s no surprise since the fuel injection and various control systems are controlled by electricity. In fact, in the past, when one of the terminals on the two batteries that are attached to the car had bad contact, I thought, “What the hell? What’s up with the acceleration? Many times I felt like, “I’m not feeling so good today! Diesel engines are all OK once you start them. There was a time when it was said that it was a good idea, but not from this car. Electricity is the most important thing to a diesel engine. Beware of cold-weather vehicles that come with two batteries, only one of the two batteries may be connected! The cold-weather version of the car has two 85D26Rs connected in parallel, but there were often times when the terminals were loose […]

What’s the best headlight for the L400 Delica Space Gear, I switched to HIDs.

Currently (2018) in Japan, the law has changed a bit since this article was written, and if you use shading tubes, if the “cutoff” (the left side is slightly raised) is removed, you won’t be able to pass the inspection, so if you want to get HID, I recommend you to use domestic HIDs that don’t need shading tubes from the start. HighLow independent space gear HID is surprisingly easy The H7 low beam and H1 high beam space gears are easy to install because you just have to install a single burner for each. Plus, there’s enough space under the hood near the headlights so you don’t have much trouble installing the igniter. HID kit! Will the cheap ones break quickly? The H4 type burners don’t seem to last as long as the burners themselves switch high and low, but the single burner types that have independent high and low beams, like the Space Gear, last a little longer, even the cheap ones. The burner on the cheap kit I’m using now has lasted 4 years and the igniter is already 6 years old, but it’s OK. A burner that’s too bright will always get a complaint if it’s […]