Pajero Discussion

As the site gets busier people are emailing me and adding comments to certain posts. This is great – please continue! But some of the comments under certain posts haven’t been relevant to the post topic, so I thought I’d start a section where anything goes. I’ll move comments here from other posts if they aren’t really relevant to the post.

Please post a comment below if you just want to say hello, have a question about Pajeros, or simply want to let everyone know about your truck.

812 Responses to “Pajero Discussion”

  1. Melanie
    June 1, 2007 at 2:20 am #

    Great info Im buying my first pajero this weekend its a 1994 swb 2.8td Ive heard these are very reliable little 4x4s so its reasurring to read your comments

    • sam
      October 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

      Hello, I own a pajero io I have never had any problems with the car until recently. Whenever I exceed 80km the engine starts doing humming sounds, it gets louder the more I accelerate and it repetitive. Can anyone please help :)

    • January 10, 2014 at 9:46 am #

      i have 2 1994 lwb 2.8td one in the uk and one here in the philippines I can tell you some things about my pajero you would not believe you will have to excuse the spelling mistakes and bad grammar apart that the keyboard has no letters it has nothing else either.

      My wife,more about her later, came home from school( she is a school teacher)said the pajero will not change gear,left the AT mode switch on again have you I asked I dont know where that is she said so I took the paj out for a spin and it would not change gear, put in first or second it was ok. I phoned the wife told her I was going to the garage. The owner said the gearbox wants a repair kit and will cost 100000 pesos to do all the work.

      I walked away I will let you know, A young lad came up and said let my uncle have a look at it he is a lot cheaper he got in and off we went a few miles off road through a farm gate and into a 4×4 breeding colony There were 4×4 everywhere.Uncle took mine for a drive came back said it would cost 5000 pesos about 70 pounds ok when can you do it I asked well now he said but you have to go and get some parts. Off we went in an another paj and a list of parts.On the way back the young lad suddenly shouted out TITS what, where, I said what tits,we havnt got any he said,It turned he wanted grease nipples but was to shy to ask.

      I was talking to uncle later and he said for the gearbox to work correctly the engine revs at idle must not exceed 800rpm the kick down cable must be 35mm from the nipple to the bracket and when the gear lever is in neutral the mark should line up with the mark on the gearbox

    • Maz51
      December 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      I bought a Pajero LWB 2.8 Diesel (Imported) a couple of years ago to be able to pull a 1 ton boat on a 1.75 ton trailer!
      REG N998 OAE Reg docs say 1995 model.

      My Pajero came with a cracked yellow 7″ fog lamp with water inside. The bulb blew late last year; having found a place to replace the bulb I delayed because I couldn’t find a replacement lens for a year and JUST got one this month from Ebay. Now I cannot find or remember the darn shop/supplier in Gloucester to go get replacement bulbs!

      they are approx. 1″ long and short oval & flattish (not round in diameter) with a tip at the top and pressed glass flattened bottom with two wires coming out the base.

      How can load a picture of this onto here? I have two pics with the bulb beside a tape measure.

      Anyone help with a part number please? and where I can get one?
      Have tried Europarts, Autoparts, Mitsubishi in Cheltenham and Gloucester ad a lot of time googling fog light bulbs for this vehicle.
      I KNOW there’s a place in Gloucester but cannot recall the name and have lost the nmbr. :-(


  2. Tim
    June 1, 2007 at 8:35 am #

    Hi Melanie. Thanks for the comment and good luck with your new Pajero. Hope you love it as much as I love mine.

    • Ian
      October 31, 2013 at 9:34 am #

      I wonder if some one can assist. My previous 4 wheel drives have always been permanent. I bought a 1992 Pajero 2.5 LWB couple of months ago and, now as we head into winter have started to use the 4WD. The dash display shows the rear wheels in solid green. However, when I move it into what I assume is the full 4WD, the rear wheels show on display in solid green &, the front ones show in flashing green – is this correct?

      Any advice appreciated

    • Karen Hardy
      June 22, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Hi …I changed my battery on my Mitsubishi shogun automatic petrol 3000cc v6….it starts but stops on idle when I break…….what have I done…something to do with the alarm as I can hear it clicking..can you help…..cheers karen

  3. justin
    June 28, 2007 at 5:53 pm #

    Hi there, Just brought one today 2.8 td 1995 on a N plate. Really good condition and 96,000 miles. Paid £1900 for it which i thought was good value. Just the spot/fog lamps have a little bubble rust on them and thats it. Do you know where i can get some from? Cheers Jdub.

  4. Tim
    June 28, 2007 at 6:20 pm #

    Hi Justin – thanks for the comment. Yeah that sounds like a good price. My fog lamps are bubbling just the same. Not sure if you can get genuine Mitsubishi ones anywhere apart from ebay, but you could have a look at to see if there’s any on there you fancy.
    Good luck with the new Pajero.

  5. Stephen
    August 2, 2007 at 3:54 pm #

    SNAP!! :)

    Its my Girlfriends :)

  6. Tim
    August 2, 2007 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi Stephen – thanks for sharing your photos with us. Your Girlfriend’s Bluemoon looks in superb condition. I see she’s still got the original wheels on and the front bumper finisher – 2 bits that are missing from mine.
    Thanks again – Tim

    • Mark walker
      March 18, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

      Hi I bought a 2.5td 1993 swb it only had one battery on when I bought it (it’s a new one) when I was out in it at night had lights, heater, radio on it died within a hour had to get it jumbstarted do I need to fit the other battery to it?? alternator is working fine and charging
      Please can you help me

      Thanks mark

  7. Naeem
    September 19, 2007 at 12:23 pm #

    I have a problem with my pajero. The 4X4 indicator in the dashboard is blinking like when you change from 2 to 4 wheel drive. It blinks all the time but when in 4X4 it stops like it should. Do you have any idea how to check this problem and solve it.

  8. Tim
    September 19, 2007 at 12:32 pm #

    Hi Naeem. Very common problem. Have a look at this awesome post about it on the Pocuk Forums – Pajero Flashing Light Fix
    Hope this helps.

  9. John
    October 6, 2007 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi Tim, More problems, just been a 100 mile run, car went great, unfortunately when I stopped it it would’nt start, batteries totaly flat, I did have the lights on and the heater, also had a plug in the high amp socket in the centre consul running a very small item, has anyone got any ideas, I checked to make sure I hadnt knocked any connections off when I did the filter, funny that both batteries went flat, I was led to believe they were independant of one another, again if you can give any details on this please, anyway must go and tinker again to see if I spot anything.

  10. Tim
    October 6, 2007 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi John. I suppose the obvious conclusion would be that they’re not being charged correctly. One of the reasons some Pajeros have two batteries is so that they can run lots of electrics, so what you had switched on shouldn’t have caused any problem. Guess you need to check the charging set up.
    Then you might just be unlucky enough to have two worn out batteries which would need replacing. Of course this is something you need to be spot on before the mornings start getting cold.
    Let us know how you get on.

  11. Claire
    October 8, 2007 at 6:42 pm #

    Hi, I’ve just bought a 1993 2.5 SWB Pajero in red and I’m totally in love. I’ve always had small cars before and this is just amazing. You feel so high up and it feels large but it’s easy to drive. Just getting used to automatic and trying to work out all the buttons. Love your site and I’ll be coming back!

    • Jodie
      July 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      I have a red 2.8 swb too :-) xx brought wk ago :-)

  12. Tim
    October 8, 2007 at 6:53 pm #

    Hi Claire, thanks for your comment.
    I’ve only ever seen one red Pajero before so I think they must be pretty rare. Glad you like the ride – I was surprised how easy it easy to drive too. Ask away if you’re unsure about the buttons and good luck with the new love of your life.

    • Nathan
      November 6, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Hello Tim,
      Every time I turn my head lights on I’m forever getting a very annoying beeping sound? I haven’t long brought my pajero, if I take the fuse out to stop it i loose all lights on dash board and I loose my backlights? I really need help ?! Could you help?

  13. Michael Falvey
    October 9, 2007 at 3:25 pm #

    Having problems with 95 Pajero 2.8D. Losing coolant, can trace source, not overheating and motoring okay. Any suggestions.

  14. Michael Falvey
    October 9, 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    Sorry should have said cannot trace source

  15. Tim
    October 9, 2007 at 4:49 pm #

    Hi Michael
    I take it you’ve checked for damaged hoses or loose connections? How about water pump seals? How’s your radiator and radiator cap? This would eliminate minor stuff before looking at the head and head gasket.
    Hope this helps.

  16. Michael Falvey
    October 10, 2007 at 8:58 am #

    Thanks Tim. Taking it to mechanic to get it checked out.

  17. Scott
    October 12, 2007 at 8:42 pm #

    Hi Tim,
    I’ve been a proud owner of my Pajero now for about 24 hours!! Its a 1991 LWB 2.5 TD and from what I can make out its something to do with ‘Ralliart’ and also has a ‘MMC’ badge on it too. Its done 63,000 miles from new and has only been in the country since 2005. It is also the ‘Kick Up Roof’ version which I haven’t seen before. Like I said I’ve only had 24 hours so I haven’t had a chance to do any research yet on my new beast but I’m already loving it.
    I stumbled across your website and though I’d have a look. I’ve read your blog on ‘What does this do’ and that just about sums me up the moment!! I haven’t really had a chance yet to browse POCUK but it seems like the right place to find out what I need to know. If you have any info for me to start with i’d appreciate it but in the meantime i’ll see how I go!!
    Great site.

  18. Tim
    October 12, 2007 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi Scott – great comment thanks!
    Sounds like you’ve got yourself a nice motor, low miles and not been here long (like mine). The rising roof is rarer than ‘normal’ ones, but you do see them about. Not sure what the purpose is exactly.
    Glad you like my site, but it’s only young yet, so please come back. I’ll probably ‘see’ you over at POCUK if you sign up.
    Enjoy the beast!

  19. October 21, 2007 at 10:47 am #

    great site and some good info well done

    mark bass

  20. Tim
    October 21, 2007 at 11:09 am #

    Thanks Mark, I like your site too ;)

  21. john
    October 23, 2007 at 5:17 pm #

    Hi Tim, My Pajero 2.5td LWB manual is going great,BUT fuel economy is poor, can you give me an idea of what sort of MPG I should be getting on a long run sitting between 60 and 70 most of the way, I’ve been getting somewhere in the region of 25/26mpg which is pretty poor, I thought I’d get a lot more than that, if this is very low can you give me any idea what would be causing this, I was running a SWB frontera 2ltr petrol to do the same regular 420 mile journey and it was bad enough, this is a lot worse.

  22. Tim
    October 23, 2007 at 5:33 pm #

    Hi John. Sorry to say that what you’re getting is about right for the 2.5 and 2.8 models. The best I’ve heard for a 65mph run is around 28/29 MPG, but most will give about what you got – mine does.
    Probably not what you want to hear.

  23. John
    November 4, 2007 at 3:58 am #

    Hello again, just a little blog on how I’m getting on with my new pride and joy, (LWB 2.5td) following the fuel filter change it has been a joy to drive, cold starting was a problem, so I started by changing the glow plugs which were goosed, unfortunatly this did not fix the problem I then took my meter and placed it between the buss bar and earth and got my son to turn the key, all I got was approx 9.5volts for a second or two, not being one to be disheartened by this type of problem and being a tight wad when it comes to spending my hard earned cash, My solution was to simply wire in manual pre heat push button on the steering column opposite side to the key, No more problem, starts first time every time.
    I’ve just purchased an immobiliser and a keyless entry upgrade from my favourite store (ebay) and I’m fitting it soon, assuming I can find some way of identifying the wiring colour code (any help would be appreciated), I’ve also purchaced the dark window tint film for the rear windows which I think looks good, I’ve tried putting it on one window and lost the plot when it went wrong, so I’m breaking a long term rule of mine and I’m going to pay someone to do the job for me.
    I’ve removed the Pajero fog lamps which I found to be useless and replaced them with a descent pair of spot lamps, speaking of fog lamps I have also got to fit a rear one.
    I’m now on the lookout for a roof rack and rear door ladder, I’ve seen them on ebay but they are still quite pricey, I’ll bide my time, I’m not in a rush,
    One job I have to do for the next MOT is replace the top and bottom ball joints on both sides, I’ll let you know how I get on and record and problems or tips I come across to aid any of you DIY’ers/tight wads like me.

  24. Tim
    November 4, 2007 at 9:07 am #

    Hi John, thanks for the update – very interesting.
    I’ve heard of quite a few people doing the preheat button thing and was going to look into it myself but I managed to sort out my starting trouble.
    I’ve no idea about immobilisers I’m afraid. Window tinting is near the bottom of a long list of little jobs to do for now, so I’ll probably do it next Spring I think.
    Yeah, I guess ebay’s the best place for a cheap roof rack and ladder – just make sure you search under Shogun as well as Pajero!
    I’d be interested in the ball joints job when you get around to it.

  25. November 7, 2007 at 5:59 pm #

    Nice to meet you.
    I’m hirorinn324.
    I also own Pajerobluemoon.
    I own it since 1999.
    It has already run 109000 kilos.
    It is not thought to transfer to other cars at all.
    The improvement measures were given only with the EGR hose in the previous car inspection though my Bluemoon did not hang in the recall in Japan.
    It had stopped when having begun to have run before the movement of the jet pump dulled due to the cold, and the engine got warm.
    Please visit my homepage if it is good. Though only Japanese.

  26. Tim
    November 7, 2007 at 6:43 pm #

    Wow, someone from Japan. Nice to meet you hirorinn324.
    For anyone who wants to know more about the Pajero Bluemoon, you have to look at his website –
    Full of pictures and interesting stuff, even if it is in Japanese!

  27. carl
    January 5, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    Hi Tim
    I bought a Pajero 1994 LWB 2800 in Feb 07 and have already done 33000 k in it taking the back seats out my wife and I have save a fortune on hotel bills around France where we live. Its the the best £2500 I’ve spent so far having only done 118000 k
    One I need to know is what does the PWR light mean under the OD Off light and where is the the best place to source parts.

  28. Tim
    January 5, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    Hi Carl, thanks for posting.
    Glad to hear you’re enjoying the Pajero. That’s quite a few miles you’ve put on since February. And sleeping in it too – must be love!
    I’ve been meaning to do a write up about the PWR button and will do it this afternoon. Not sure where you’d get parts in France apart from scrap yards and Mitsubishi dealers, but over here there are various places such as Milners. Just do some Googling – depends what you need really.
    All the best.

  29. Matt
    January 13, 2008 at 8:30 pm #

    Hi Tim,

    Great idea with the website.

    We live in the Solomon Islands and bought a 1996 SWB Pajero from Japan around the same time as you did.

    Absolutely fantastic car. My wife and I are really happy with it.

    The only problem I’ve had (and I can’t say that it is exactly a major one), is that the Outside Temperature Displayed is incorrect. There are no reputable motor mechanics, let alone Mitsubishi dealers in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

    I bought a CD from the UK which contained the Workshop Manuals for all Pajero/Shoguns; this it tells me how to test the sensor which I am quite capable of, however, it doesn’t tell me where to find it.

    I figure that it must be in or around the engine bay, but after lots of looking I am yet to find it.

    Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.



  30. Tim
    January 13, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    Hi Matt

    Thanks for getting in touch and great to hear from you.

    The outside temperature sensor should be located inside the front bumper. From what I remember it’s inside the plastic end piece, but can’t remember which side. You should be able to locate the wire by having a feel around and as a last resort take the bumper off (easy enough). But I have heard of people finding them in other places as they must have been moved by previous owners. In the bumper end is where they should be anyway. Good luck with it and let me know how you get on.

    UPDATE: Matt actually found the sensor before he read my “words of wisdom”. Apparently some bright spark had moved it at some point and it was next to the radiator. Hence the reason Matt was getting some pretty dodgy temperature readings!

  31. rico de guzman
    January 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm #

    my 1995 pajero have trouble of engine stop whenever i drive it upward, but in straight or level street it does not stop, it lack fuel after pumping the fuel pump it start again.
    I tried replacing the fuel pump same it stop whenever im at upward street.

  32. Tim
    January 29, 2008 at 7:10 pm #

    Hi Rico, thanks for posting.
    Sounds like you might have a fuel leak to me. I’d check connections around the fuel pump, fuel filter and injectors for a start. Any leak will be letting air in.
    Hope this helps.

  33. Stuart
    February 5, 2008 at 12:22 am #

    Hi All at my wits end??
    I have a 94 2.8TD which is great, the other week it started to be sluglish, i would put go up through the box and you could feel it struggling. to get up to speed. I have changed the fuel filter and drained the tank thinking it was dirty fuel, but still happens, I have tried the old flush bottles in the tank but still there, as anybody got any ideas???



  34. Tim
    February 5, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    Hi Stuart, thanks for posting.
    I’d probably start to look elsewhere if you’ve cleaned up the fuel side of things. How’s your air filter for instance? Anyone else got any ideas on this?
    Let us know how you get on with it Stuart.

  35. February 10, 2008 at 1:38 am #

    I’d suggest removing and cleaning the EGR valve which tends to get very clogged. If the drop in power is accompanied by black smoke under load or when starting then this is also a marker to support EGR theory. Some people remove the valve and fit a blanking plate, however I’d recommend against this as the valve serves a purpose and when serviced (cleaned) reguarly it works well. All you need is an EGR valve gasket and some injector cleaner. Google “clean egr valve pajero” and you should find more info.

  36. Tim
    February 10, 2008 at 8:44 am #

    Thanks for posting Steve. I really appreciate some input on this.
    Hadn’t thought about the EGR valve – sounds like good advice. For those that are interested I’ll be servicing mine at some point in the next few months – I’ll do a write up about it.
    Would be interesting to know how Stuart’s getting on with his problem.

  37. March 3, 2008 at 6:24 am #

    hi everyone
    ive just bought a 2,8 96 lwb i,m having problems with runing from a cold start and its cutting out . When she,s warm the engines fine,ive been reading up it may be the front oil seal on the fuel pump that might need replacing,has anyone else had this type of problem and is it a big job.Apart from that the truck is great,i should have bought one years ago.
    thanks rick.

  38. Tim
    March 3, 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi Rick, thanks for posting here.
    Not sure about your specific problem, so maybe someone else can offer an opinion. Obviously a reputable mechanic would be a good option for you. Good luck and let us know how you get on.

  39. March 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    hi tim thankyou for your reply.
    ive been a electro-mech for 20 odd years now,originally a auto-electrician,but many areas in the trade have changed today.especially with the introduction of engine managment.Not the best way for us d.i.y car repairers,thankfully the models ive bought in the past are conventional diesel injection.
    soon after buying my pajero it developed this fault,i read up what i could to try and avoid costly garage bills.The other day i give her a new oil and filter change,i also added an additive to the engine oil thats supposed to revive any rubber seals that comes into contact with the engine oil,it said on the tin (allow 300 miles to allow it to work.I,m at 173 miles so for after adding it and the smoking is only appearing on start up,and it isnt cutting out after a mile or so.maybe it will work short term until i get a bit more info to replace the seal eventually.I think i,m going to give it a bottle of injecter cleaner this may improve starting and have a look at the heater plugs also,will hope some of these will help .
    thanks ricka
    ive also got a noise when i turn right but that going to have to wait pajero s are all fun lol

  40. Tim
    March 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm #

    Well Rick, it sounds like you’ve got a few ideas to try and good luck with that. You might want to try looking at this site for answers as well:

  41. March 12, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    after another week the magic stuff from the tin has,nt worked.
    another gimick by the sound of things,she,s still cutting out when cold,i give her a tin of injector cleaner with no looks like i,m going to have to do the injector pump seal sooner than i thought.ive bought a haynes manual to help me find the timing marks,and ive been in touch with the local diesel injection co to order a seal,has anyone else done this job is there any things i should look out for to help make things go a little easier,ive got my magnet on a stick incase i drop any bolts and spanners behind the back of anything and my 6 year old son on standby to get at those awkward little bolts i can,t get to…lol

  42. karon
    June 24, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    Hi, wonder if anyone can help me! we have an L reg 2.8 lwb pej, have probs with batteries not keeping charge, supposed to have new alternator and when batt is charged no electrics unless you give it a good rev, its driving us mad, please any ideas.

  43. john
    July 13, 2008 at 3:08 am #

    i wondered if anybody knows how to identify crankshaft timing parts on mitsubishi pajero 1994 2.8 turbo diesel and would appreciate a reply as soon as possible on here as i need it kind of urgently thank you very much

  44. karen
    July 22, 2008 at 1:34 pm #


    can anyone help please??
    have just bought a 2800 mit paj and one of the mot advisory’s was that it blows high omissions
    can anyone tell me what has happened there and can i get it fixed??


  45. karen
    July 22, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    is there any website that you can get a free downloadable handbook showing for the buttons/warning sign…….. as the haynes manuall only covers maintenance/repairs??


  46. Tim
    July 22, 2008 at 4:19 pm #

    Hi Karen
    You’re probably better off getting a professional to have a look at the emissions thing as it could be various things.
    I’d advise buying a handbook for the warning signs and allsorts of other things. Available from various places including Amazon. Or just ask away here and I should be able to tell you what any of them mean. There are free ones available from the web but they don’t tend to be very reliable from what I’ve heard.

  47. mike vallis
    September 25, 2008 at 6:10 pm #

    I bought a 1999 Pajero io a couple of years ago as city car to drive around windhoek (namibia), what a fantastic vehicle.
    This purchase enabled me to take my bmw 330d to johannesburg
    and leave it there in my wife’s tender loving care away from the
    blistering heat and to sleep in the garage every night.
    I was so impressed with the io that i bought another one for my wife and she adores it too.
    The only problem is the radio(s). They are set to the low band FM
    frequencies. Local dealers will not touch the vehicles because they are “imported” and the other options i have been given are
    “Oh stick another one in”. I am reluctant to do that because it will interfere with the originality of the vehicles and maybe even the
    job of finding radios that fit as precisely as the oem eqipment will
    Can anyone please offer a suggestion.
    Mike Vallis

  48. Tim
    September 25, 2008 at 7:57 pm #

    Hi Mike.
    Not a problem I’ve heard of before I must say, but I’m thinking that maybe a radio specialist might be able to help you? I would guess that if possible, the internals might be able to be set up differently.
    Alternatively I don’t think you’ll have much problem fitting new radios. Lots of people in the UK do it and there are different fitting brackets and harnesses you can buy to help. Hope this helps.

  49. September 27, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    Hi Tim,

    I have been reading your blog for several weeks now and I must say that I am enjoying it. There’s many blogs out there, but they are no good if they’re not updated regularly. Love to read your short stories.

    I found it when I was looking for technical advise on my very own 1994 Pajero 2.8 turbo diesel intercooler SWB (love that name :-)

    A short intro: my name is Freerk (Dutchy) and I’m working/living in Mozambique. I arrived in July and the Pajero was the second car we looked at, we truly liked it from the start. However, after a couple of months she started giving us some trouble, especially off-road. Smoking heavily and losing power. I’m not a technically brilliant person but I do know a little bit about cars. Because my engine needs air and diesel to operate I figured there might be something wrong with the air filter, intercooler (Africa is dusty you know) and it must be over fueling. But, few weeks later it started consuming lots of oil (3L on 200km!), now I really started to worry.

    Through a friend I got in contact with a very trustworthy mechanic in Maputo, over 70 years old who works from the driveway outside is home. He investigated the car and came up with a “plan de campagne”. Basically our car is undergoing major brain surgery. We’ll change, refurbish the following:

    – Rings
    – Gasket
    – Pistons
    – Injectors
    – Turbo (will be refurbished)
    – Timing chain tensioner
    – Diesel filter
    – Oil filter

    Probably forgot some minor details, but hopefully it will be ticking like a Swiss masterpiece once again. I’ll try to inform you on the outcomes. Here you will find some random pictures:

    Keep up the good work!


  50. Matt
    September 28, 2008 at 8:40 pm #

    Hi Tim,

    Matt from the Solomon Islands here. Regarding Mike’s radio problem; I had the same issue in the Solomon’s and I purchased a relately cheap “Band Expander” which plugs into the aerial lead. Worked well for a few months and then it decided decided not to play the game anymore. I ended up buying a cheap CD/radio from Australia and it fitted in fine. Been bopping along ever since.

  51. Martin
    September 29, 2008 at 2:25 am #


    Sounds like your alternator belt is slack. If you cant tighten it (if it to far along the travel), it probably needs replacing – not a quick job on the Pajero (maybe 1-2 hours labour). If the battery has charged and been depleted a number of times it is probably shot with too many dead cells and you may need to replace the battery. While the engine is running you should be able to tell if any charge is going to the battery using a normal multimeter.

  52. Tim
    October 15, 2008 at 8:38 pm #

    I’ve been out of action for a while, hence not replying to your valuable input.

    Freerk – great to hear from you and thanks for sharing your Pajero’s story. I’d love to make more of a feature of it, so I’ve sent an email.

    Matt – thanks for the input over Mike’s radio. Hopefully this helps Mike with his radio and it’s one for me to note in the future.

    Martin – thanks for the advice over Karon’s problem. Sounds like you know what you’re talking about!

    Thanks again everyone – Tim

  53. Tom keogh
    October 18, 2008 at 10:39 pm #

    Hi – any advice here would be much appreciated!. I have a 1991 SWB pajero and need to replace the antiroll bar links (the lolly pop non ball joint type) does anyone know the torque settings on the bolts. I cant find these on the haynes manual or anywhere else for that matter. Thanks in advance. Tom
    ps I also need to change the bottom ball joints and track rod ends – any idiot guide web sites recommended?

  54. Tim
    October 19, 2008 at 9:29 am #

    Hi Tom,
    Have you had a look at the front section of the Haynes chapter on steering and suspension for the torque settings? Also has a section on ball joints, but I don’t know if it’s any good. Hope this helps!

  55. daryl
    October 29, 2008 at 11:23 pm #

    I have just brought a second hand pajero 2.5 disel intercooler limited edition, i have no hand book with this so i do not know all of the trucks funtions in the cockpit.
    Has anybody got a e-manual i could download

  56. Tim
    October 30, 2008 at 8:04 am #

    Hi Daryl.
    Manuals are available online but from what I’ve heard they’re not very good quality. You can get the real thing from Amazon or certain Pajero clubs. Thankfully been translated from Japanese. I’ve got one and it’s well worth the money.

  57. daryl
    November 1, 2008 at 10:32 pm #

    thanks tim for info
    Also i have a little clunk on the front when i turn left and right, im confused as it only happenes once in a while, and only when i do a full sharp turn, so any info will help

  58. ali
    November 3, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    ive just bought an pajero jr 1100cc p reg,the previous owner had misplaced the manual
    has any one an owners manual that i can have?

  59. daryl
    November 9, 2008 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi ali
    i would try e-bay, i have just brought a haynes manual from there at a bargin only £8

  60. Kailaan
    November 10, 2008 at 11:56 pm #


    I’ve been looking into the LWB Pajero as my next vehicle. I am interested in a diesel and was wondering which diesel engine would be the best, the 2.5L or the 2.8? Do you notice a big diffrence between the two?

    Also what is the max towing capacity for the Pajero?
    Thanks in advance.

    Kailaan Walker,
    BC, Canada.

    p.s. Tim your website is great and has been a great source for information.

  61. Tim
    November 11, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    Hi Kailaan, thanks for dropping by.
    If prices are like they are here, then a 2.8 is hardly any more expensive than a 2.5 and overall the 2.8 is the better engine, especially if you are towing.
    Towing capacity is a bit of a grey area. The handbook states:
    Standard tow bar – 1800 kg braked
    Heavy duty bar – 2500 kg braked
    This is for 2.5 and 2.8. But I know people who happily tow much more than that. Much better with a LWB. Also you need to look at your local laws for that particular vehicle. I believe in the UK we can go up to 3.3 tonnes with it.
    Hope this helps!

  62. Kailaan
    November 11, 2008 at 8:07 pm #

    Thanks for the advice. After having seen quite a few blogs about Paj’s having trouble starting in the cold it got me thinking. I am going to be moving to the Northern regions of Canada. And I was wondering if you thought the Pajero would hold up to Winters with -25 to -35 degree tempatures? I did see quite a few people in Finnland with diesel Paj’s, and they seem to be doing alright. Any advice would be great!!!


  63. Tim
    November 11, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    Kailaan, I wouldn’t know about temperatures that low (thankfully!), but yes, Pajeros do have a few issues when the temperatures drop cold. But if it’s in good condition and serviced regularly I believe you should have no problems.
    You should also consider finding one with the Winter Pack which mine has. Usually these will have a heated fuel filter which makes a big difference. The Winter Pack was originally designed to cope with cold temperatures in Japan, though I’m not sure how cold it gets there.
    You could also check out this post:

  64. bryan
    November 12, 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    Hello, i have a question i am hoping you maybe able to help with. I have no heating on my pajero. Do you know where the heater matrix maybe located or who would be the best person to contact to find out details on locating and checking whether it needs replacing. Any herlp would be most apprecitated. Thank you, Bryan

    • karmic9
      June 3, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      hi there it is in the back of the motor and a pain to get to my mechanic said.

  65. Tim
    November 12, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    Hi Bryan
    Getting to the matrix itself is a big job requiring removal of the whole dash. Takes many hours. I’d have a look at other parts of the system first. Try this:
    Raise the front of the car with engine running, put heaters on full, leave radiator cap off and keep squeezing the top and bottom hoses. If this fails flush the matrix before trying to remove it.
    Hope this helps – Tim

  66. daryl
    November 15, 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    I have a 1992(K reg) mitsubishi pajero 2.5TD intercooler, can anyone tell me which is the best oil to use and the cheapest place to get it from.

  67. Anthony
    November 18, 2008 at 4:22 am #

    I have a car cleanaire switch in my 94 swb Pajero and recently found a long cable from the switch, under the interior carpet unplugged.
    Does anyone know where it is suppose to be plugged into?


  68. November 21, 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    just to say hello from pajero team, malaysia. can visit us at

  69. Tim
    November 21, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi ponpakya
    Interesting site you’ve got there.

  70. Sue
    November 29, 2008 at 5:19 am #

    I have a Mitsubhishi Pajero 1999 model (4M40). It started emitting blak smoke, someone advised me that I should unplug the EGR valve which did the trik. But am worried, is there any side effects to the vehicle? Please advise.

  71. daryl
    November 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Hi Sue
    the only problem you might get is emission test fault if removed, also a bit of fuel consumption

  72. Guy Lees
    December 7, 2008 at 11:23 pm #

    Hi Tim. Just aquired (Friday 5th Dec’) a ’93 2.5 TD, LWB as I urgently needed a 7 seater, as new arrival at Christmas makes 6. Was considering LR Disco, but too dear and side facing ‘jump seats’ looked uncomfortable for my 10 year old son on long journeys. Also not very well equipped. Didn’t fancy one of the big Jap’ people carriers as look like huge turtle shells on wheels! And secretly have hankered after a 4×4 for ages, so bought this one, (having already looked at a rather tatty one of the same year), at a local garage and got it to include a cam-belt change for the price, as very little history (make that none) with car. Garage told me it was a PX, on a 4 litre petrol Ford Explorer. Looked in good condition for the year, and 136,000 miles, but what really sold it to me was the condition of under the bonnet. Immaculate. And 2 batteries! Expected a few teething problems to resolve and the first one is that none of the interior lights work at all. Not even had a chance to check bulbs, but can’t believe they’ve all blown. Had a quick look at the fuse box under right knee but no guide as to which is for what. Also folding mirrors don’t fold on the button, (and this was to be one of my favorite party pieces!). Any ideas? Great site Tim and look forward to hearing from you.

  73. Tim
    December 8, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    Hi Guy, thanks for getting in touch and sharing that with us. Sounds like you’ve got a good Pajero there.
    The mirrors and interior lights might be related, as I think they work off the same fuse. If I remember correctly it should be on the bottom line of fuses, last one on the right. Try that first, if no good it’s going to need much more detective work! Common problem with the mirrors is the switch itself. Anyway, good luck.

  74. daryl
    December 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm #

    Can anyone help
    I have just notice a light come on my dash and it states O/D off
    does anyone know what it means and if i have to do anything

  75. Tim
    December 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    Daryl, have a look at your auto gear shifter. There’s a small button near the top which switches the overdrive on and off. You must have hit it by accident and turned overdrive off. I keep mine on all the time.

  76. daryl
    December 9, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    Thanks Tim
    Problem solved, i have never seen this switch before
    Priceless information once again from the best PJ site around

  77. Tim
    December 9, 2008 at 10:27 am #

    Nice one Daryl! Not sure about the best site around though, maybe one day!

  78. December 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm #

    Hi Guys and Dolls,
    Not sure if this is the correct place to ask a question so sorry if not.
    Having problems wit headlight washers, when you press the button it just makes a clicking noise and the lights on dash dim, no water comes out, check and there is a full bottle of water under the bonnet and was trying to locate the fuse if there is one for the washers, all pipe work as just been reconnected ok after replaceing the front bumper, but had the problem before this was done.
    Any help would be great, mu paj is a 2.5TD 1991 (J) SWB.


  79. Guy Lees
    December 13, 2008 at 10:36 pm #

    Hi Tim. “Man, you sure can shoot!” (as in a classic line from Paul Newman, talking to the sharp-shooter lawman, in ‘Cool Hand Luke’). Yes, your diagnosis was spot on (reply 73). Bottom row, last on the right, the 10 amp fuse had blown. So now, not only have I got fully restored interior illumination and folding mirrors (still get a buzz from those babies!) but also the digital clock, memory hold on the compass (once set) , warm air from left of centre face vents (possibly an actuator governing a flap?) reversing buzzer, lights on buzzer and key in ignition buzzer! Phew… think that about covers it. Who would have thought one fuse could cover so many items. Oh, also worked out that the mileage of mine is not 136,000 but only 85,000, as although the speedo reads in mph, odometer is measuring kilometres! Once again, thanks Tim and I’ll try and submit some pic’s of my Pajero soon.

  80. Tim
    December 14, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    Steven: Sounds like the washers are working, just not properly. So instead of trying the fuse, I’d look at the motor and water tank – they often get blocked. Never done it, but I believe it’s a pain to get at. By the way, you’re trying it with the lights on aren’t you – they need to be on to work the washers!

  81. Tim
    December 14, 2008 at 10:51 am #

    Guy: Cool Hand Luke eh? Great film, but what about all those eggs!
    Glad you got that job fixed, but bloody hell, I didn’t know that fuse took care of all those things!
    Yes, pics would be great.

  82. December 15, 2008 at 1:50 am #

    thanks Tim, yes I was trying it with the lights on, will have a look under bonnet at pipe work and tank when I get a chance.

    Thanks again


  83. Walter
    December 17, 2008 at 7:33 am #

    Hi I own a Pajero 2800 Which has recently devoloped a fault
    The A/T warning light keeps flashing. If I do an outward journey nothing happens but on the return journy the A/T light stars to flash. The Switch on the auto gear change Has no affect niether.
    Hope you can help

  84. Tim
    December 17, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    Hi Walter
    The flashing A/T light means you need to change the automatic transmission fluid (ATF). Make sure the replacement fluid is either Dexron II or III specification.
    Hope this helps.

  85. Guy Lees
    December 17, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

    Hi Tim, another query for the Pajero guru, this one regarding cold starting of my 2.5 diesel, which I understand is not an uncommon problem. Normally requires full choke and 2 or 3 turns on the starter, run for half a minute and return choke. And for the rest of the day it will start on the button with no problems. However, I have noticed there is no glow-plug warning lamp, when I initiate the ignition. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated. Ta.

  86. Tim
    December 18, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    Hi Guy
    If you’ve no glow lamp coming on at all and poor starting, you’re probably looking at a bad connection between the relay and busbar. Could also include a knackered glow plug. I’d recommend you have a good look at the whole glow plug system, clean it up and check for dodgy plugs.
    Hope this helps!

  87. Patti
    December 22, 2008 at 10:13 pm #

    Hi, We have a 2007 Pajero LWB. We have a problem with a buzzing noise inside the cabin which can move from Driver to passenger side. Can’t work out what it is but very annoying. Do you have any clues.


  88. Tim
    December 23, 2008 at 8:02 am #

    Hi Patti.
    Could be many things and I’m afraid I have no experience with such a new model. The only thing that springs to mind is a problem I’ve heard of with loose windscreen trim – that might be worth checking, but I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t be the case with a 2007. Other than that, try and turn on/off radios, air-con, other instruments to try and track it down.
    Good luck!

  89. MARK
    January 1, 2009 at 3:19 pm #

    hi i have a 92 lwp 2.5 pajero, starts up fine, however after about ten mins looses power nothing happens when you press the accelerator and eventually cuts out, once started again a few times seems to run fine any ideas

    regards mark

  90. Conrad
    January 3, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Good day
    I own an M reg diesel engine Pajero that has developed a fault over the years. It has difficulty in statrting especially during the cold weather. And when it does the engine cuts out initially after about half a mile . I will have to gun the engine again and the distance it cuts out gets shorter and shorter. This i suspect has lead to the starter motor getting damaged. I have just had to replace the starter motor and hav been informed that i will also have to replace the glow plugs. Do you think that if i replace the plugs this will stop the engin cutting out ? Mind you i bought the truck second hand four years ago. Thanx

  91. Tim
    January 3, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi Mark and Conrad
    The problem you both describe (cutting out after a short distance) is a classic symptom of the fuel pump seals being knackered – a common problem with Pajeros.
    Alternatively you could have a mucked up fuel filter in the engine bay or fuel tank, or simply mucked up fuel lines.
    Conrad, you may well need new plugs, but I’d check on the fuel system first.
    A good mechanic who knows about Pajeros/Shoguns would be my best advice to both of you.
    Hope this helps!

  92. TheGriff
    January 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    Conrad – replacing the glow plugs won’t stop the engine cutting out, as they are only active for a short time after turning the key. What they do is to heat the cylinders so that the fuel can explode at the right time. Once the engine is running, the heat from the combustion takes over this. Replacing them may help with the cold start problems, but first check the connections for corrosion, as this will realy degrade glowplug performance.

  93. daryl
    January 10, 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    Can anyone tell me how to replace the bulbs on the dash board, one of mine has gone out,its the one where in tells you what gear you are in, it is a automatic transmission and the D light will not come on when im in drive, also the display on the dash that lights up the 2 or 4 wheel drive has gone too
    thanks from daryl

  94. portia
    January 11, 2009 at 6:47 am #

    when i went home last night i noticed smoke coming from the hood of my pajero. what i did was to stopped the engine. i could hear sound coming from inside but didn’t bother opening the hood because i wouldn’t know what to do anyway.
    This morning, it wouldn’t start. what could possibility be problem? by the way its due for tune up already.


  95. Dave
    January 12, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    Can you help me solve problem Engine stops about 10 seconds after starting when I restart it keeps cutting out after a few tries and a lot of revving and smoke it will run what do you suggest.

  96. Tim
    January 12, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    Dave – Has it had a good service lately? The first thing I’d do is look at the fuel system and especially change the fuel filter. If that doesn’t fix it, the problem is probably knackered fuel pump seals.
    Hope this helps.

  97. Tim
    January 12, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Daryl – Have a look at this from my mate Andy –

  98. Tim
    January 12, 2009 at 11:00 am #

    Portia – No idea really, could be lots of things. What happened when you looked under the bonnet?

  99. January 13, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi,I have a 91 swb 2.5 pajero and the heater is blowing cold! Any ideas? It is the electric push button type controls,so no cables just electric wires.Both coolant pipes to and from the matrix are hot.

  100. January 15, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    Hi, am having problems with my Pajero Diesel SWB 1999 model. Its refused to start and instead emits long suffocating noise then goes silent. The Diesel preheat illumination doesnt light up red nor green but I can hear a clicking noise which normally happens when the glo plug has succesfully heated turning the light from red to green. Neither does the battery and Fuel Filter warning lamps show up. Only the oil pressure warning lamp can be seen. Initially I suspected low fuel level but not sure what is causing the stalling. Somebody advise.

  101. Guy Lees
    January 15, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

    Hi Tim. Hope all is well. Not had a chance to do much to my Paj of late, as new arrival (baby kind!) keeping me busy. Car (or should I say ‘truck’!) still only 6 weeks old, (well to me anyway) but there are a host of things I need to attend to. Most importantly, did the engine oil and filter change (dead on 6 litres of fresh 10/40 went back in). Still resisting the urge to select 4-wheel drive, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I need to check the level in the front diff’ to make sure that there is some oil in there! Also want to check the transfer box level and grease both prop’ shafts. All being well, I shall periodically engage all wheel drive to keep things running smoothly. Now a couple of questions: What is the maximum speed you can do in 4H on the road, as my little handbook says only 50kmph? Also, can this be selected de/selected on the move? Back to my glow-plug issues! Because I have no glow-plug warning lamp showing, I assumed that this was because there may be a problem with the plugs, relays or control box, but would that prevent the lamp showing if there was? There seems to some doubt now that any glow-plug warning lamp was fitted to my year model, a ’93 2.5 lwb. Anyway, I’ve got to replace one of the green lamps on the 2/4 wheel drive dash display, so I’ll try and see if there is. Anybody out there know for sure? And where on the warning light cluster would it be? Now, I’m delighted to report that my Paj’ must have been fitted with that (or part of it) mythical ‘Winter’ pack. Knew I had the twin batteries and twin glow plug relays; also heated seats (not sure if the mirrors are heated yet) but I discovered that my fuel filter head must also be heated, as it is identical to yours, shown in the servicing section. Oh finally, could you clarify exactly where it is safe to trolly-jack the rear of the vehicle up, as it is very unclear in my handbook or ‘Haynes’. It looks as if it’s the rear axle tubes, but surely this is unstable and possibly damaging to the car? Sorry this is a bit long winded, but I’ve been meaning to drop you a line for ages, so just making up for it now! Take care.

  102. Tim
    January 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    Hi Guy, good to hear from you and congratulations on your new arrival. Dirty nappies and disrupted sleep – I remember it well!
    Didn’t know there was a maximum for 4H! Which book is that in?
    Yes, 2H to 4H (and back) can be selected on the move, officially up to 100kmph – this is called the Super Select system. I have however heard a lot of people saying they prefer to do it when still and I’m tending to agree as mine isn’t a very smooth shift when moving.
    Not totally sure about your glow plug light, so I won’t guess. Sounds like a good idea to check for it when you change the other one. I might have a picture of where mine is somewhere, I’ll have a look.
    Regarding the Winter Pack it definitely sounds like you have it from what you’ve described, but it’s still not certain. You might also find a little red/orange sticker on the back door which indicates the Winter Pack. You should also have a factory bodylift of 40mm. You’ll see this if you can see a gap between the body and chassis behind the back wheel.
    I put my trolley jack on the rear diff and it’s what the tyre fitters do too. If I remember rightly, the official handbook only describes putting bottle jacks on the sides.
    Don’t worry about being long winded!

  103. Paul George
    January 19, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    Hi there, great site – enjoyed all the pics and disscusions – I’m currently in Antartica but reside on a small Island called St.Helena -Ive just brought a 96 pajero and at present it sits in my garage awaiting my arrival in April – I paid 4grand for it – Its in good nick and the guy who owned it had several probs with it -However, the main prob he had prior to selling was the injector pump – he replaced it with a new one costing some 2grand from capetown – a lot of other parts was also repalced brand new – All in all, i think i got a good deal but only time will tell i guess – Just wondering if it was possible to join your club or not – Please let us know and looking forward to hearing from you

    Paul George

  104. Tim
    January 19, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    Hey Paul, good to hear from you. Don’t think I’ve had a message from Antarctica before – what you doing there?
    Sounds like you’ve got a nice Pajero waiting for you when you get home. Be sure to send me some photos if you get chance.
    We don’t have a club as such, but feel free to get in touch whenever you want to.
    Keep warm!

  105. peterpaj
    January 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    i bought a pajero 3 month ago as i smashed my other one into 2 pine trees. its a 2.8 tdi 1993 blue over silver. but has a sticky start esp. in the cold morning. can you help

  106. Tim
    January 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    Hi Peter
    Are the pine trees OK?!!
    You probably just need to check over the whole starting system and pay particular attention to the glow plugs and busbar. Not much else I can offer without knowing more about your problem.
    Good luck with it.

  107. peterpaj
    January 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    hi tim. yes the pine trees are ok as my pajero and my head took the full inpacked but if it wasn’t for the pine trees i would have ended up in the lake. silly me for not wearing my seat belt so here’s a warning to all of the paj 4×4 drivers CLUNK CLICK every trip

  108. Tim
    January 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    Damn. Sounds like a bad crash. Glad you were OK.

  109. Fahad
    January 21, 2009 at 5:19 am #

    Hi guys.. I’ve read almost 50% of the replies here..and they were very informative so I appreciate the time you’re given..however I got my set of questions which hopefully you will help me find an answer for:

    1) I just got a 2.8 Pajero (Diesel 1994).. the car starts in the morning fine.. but even after I heat it for 10 minutes..the car cuts out after I drive it for only 100 meters or so…so I have to start it again in the middle of the road 2-3 more times till it stops the cutting out.. My question: How long do I have to heat it in the morning (and in my case, after I reach and leave work 6 hours later)

    2) What are the indications on dashbpard (RPM..thermometer..etc) I should look for to know when the car is ready to be driven?

    once I warmed it for 20 minutes ..and it drove fine without cutting out..but I think 20 minute is a long

    Thanks guys

  110. Fahad
    January 21, 2009 at 5:22 am #

    ooh..I’m in Scotland –> COLD

  111. Tim
    January 21, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Hi Fahad
    Assuming this is only a problem with your Pajero warming up I’d say 20 minutes was way too long. When it’s really cold here I might sit for a minute to warm it up, two at most, but ideally I just set off straight away as it will warm up quickest like that. Most cars should only take 10 minutes to fully warm up anyway. But perhaps you have a more serious problem such as the fuel pump seals being shot. You’ll have to see if the problem persists in warmer weather.
    There are no indications on the dashboard that will tell you if it’s warm enough to set off.
    Hope this helps.

  112. Paul George
    January 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    Hi Tim, thanks for the message – Can imagine the busy scedule you have – Great hearing from you though – I’ve actully went for a ride with the guy who was selling the Pajero, so im not entirely new to it – They seem to be nice vehicles and i guess it you treat them right and keep up a regular sevice, you should get a few more years out of a 96 version –

    The Exceed seem to be a nice buy as well with a little more extras on the inside – Did a lot of reaserch online since i had the Pajero and overall, most seem to be quite happy with the vehicle.

    Anyway, Antarctica’s fine and this is my third trip here – Im just a support assistant and mainly help out with general work around the base – Its fun and the experience will last a lifetime.

    Nice hearing from you, will continue to stay with this site as its really interesting and practical –

    Best wishes, Paul George

  113. Fahad
    January 21, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Thanks for the reply Tim..
    How would I know if the fuel pump seals are shot? (without taking it to the mechanic)

    Thanks mate

  114. Tim
    January 21, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    Hi Paul
    That’s what it’s all about – regular servicing. I know lots of people who’ll give their Pajero an oil change up to every three months for instance. I suppose like any old car they need a bit of pampering.
    Yeah, I bet that’s some experience working down there! Good to have you ‘on board’ and look forward to hearing from you again.

  115. Tim
    January 21, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi Fahad
    You’d have the same sort of symptoms in warmer weather too. So, starts fine then cuts out after a short distance, starts again and runs fine for the rest of the day. But eventually that would get worse. Common problem with Pajeros, but I don’t want to worry you – might just be cold issues you’re having.

  116. Fahad
    January 22, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    Hi Tim.

    well I wouldn’t know how it “acts” in warmer weather..I just bought it 5 days ago.
    see, I let it heat today for 15 minutes and it drove fine (yesterday 10 minutes and it cut out). I figure 15 is the magic number!!

  117. Tim
    January 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    15 minutes is an awfully long time to warm up any car! If it needs that long there must be something wrong somewhere.
    Anyway, good luck with it and keep us informed how you get on.

  118. Paul George
    January 28, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    Hi Tim, hope this finds you and everyone on this site well & healthy – Just wondering whats involved when changing the Automatic Transmission fluid – I have a wide experience in mechanical work and this i learnt from owning my own vehicle – I dont know everything but i get by fine –

    Ive always owned everything with a manual tranny as well – I also have a Nissan Silvia S12 which recieved a good restoration last year and looks vey mint now – This is also the very car that has learnt me a lot about mechanical work, but with a manual tranny also. I am hoping to do a sevice on the Pajero when i get home – At least then i can hopefully keep everything out to the mark – I want to get the oils changed and also the auto trans fluid.

    So is this quite a big job – Looking forward to hearing from you when you get a chance.

    Thanks man,

    Saint Paul

  119. Tim
    January 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Hi Paul, hope you’re well too.
    I’ve not changed the ATF myself, but it’s on my long list of jobs to do and when I’ve done it I’ll do a write up on here. Just found a good post for you though which should help:
    All the best, Tim

  120. Paul George
    January 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    Hi Tim, thanks for the info on changing ATF – I managed to save a copy and will get onto it when i go home – Thanks again,

    Saint Paul

  121. Kam
    February 3, 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    Hi, When i select 4H my Pajero dash lights (Front tyres) keep flashing as does the C/D Lock light. the car drives rough and jerk’s and pull’s from side to side. Then I go back to 2H and the C/D light flash’s for a long lime (10min / 5miles plus) before going out and then only does the car seem fine, driving smoothly again. What’s happening Please ???

  122. Tim
    February 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    Not so sure about this one Kam. I’m wondering if it’s actually engaging 4WD properly? Have you been using 4WD much, as it’s a good idea to use it once a week at least for a few miles to keep things running smoothly.

  123. Richard
    February 5, 2009 at 1:26 am #

    Hi, great website!
    I’m have a query about the heater on my 1992 2.5TD LWB.
    No matter what the the digital temperature control is set to, the only air coming from the fascia is cold. Yet there is a “rear” control which blows lovely warm air out of a big vent underneath the back seat. Although this warms the car a little, it ‘ll never demist or defrost the screen. Is the problem down to electrical controls, or does this rear heater have some separate heat source, such as another matrix?

    Kind regards

  124. Kam
    February 5, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    Thank Tim for repling, The answer is NO i have not engaged 4×4 all of last year !!!. I do get traction and seem to have no troble driving once in 4×4 however.

    When i have gone back into 2wheel drive i do get a lot of jerking untill the rear wheels spin a bit. then the truck behaves itself again.

  125. Tim
    February 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    Hi Richard
    I’d say the pipes connected to the front end might be blocked. A simple way to try and get things going is to jack up the front of the Pajero and remove the radiator cap (careful if hot). Turn engine on and turn all heaters up to max. Wait a while as the engine warms up. Start squeezing the top radiator pipe on and off for about 10 squeezes. Keep checking for heat coming from heaters and repeat if not. If you get bored with this and heat still not coming out, we need to look at other things, such as the matrix.
    Hope this helps.

  126. Tim
    February 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    Kam, you might be best asking a mechanic to have a look at it. He should be able to just service it and get it working that way. But for the future, you need to use the system regularly to keep it working nicely.

  127. February 7, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    Hi Tim, interesting article on the top there – On St.Helena there are tons of 4x4s pouring into the Island and mostly Japenese ones – Although there is a lot of 4by terrians to go on, nobodys interested and the vehicles are used more like cars – You know, shopping, schools, sunday drives etc –

    Is it likely that some of these vehicles could at some point suffer some gearbox malfuction if the AWD is not engaged at some point. Also, people is St.Helena are scared of Automatic trannys – Hence mostly manual trannys – Does the same apply with a manal tranny?
    I do have an auto tranny and will surley take your advice.


    Saint Paul

  128. Heather
    February 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    Hey I have a Pajero K reg that I use to tow my horse trailer and can I just start by saying that I absolutely adore my car. First problem I have ever had with my car was this morning, she wouldnt start and she has just had 2 new batteries a week ago. I am thinking starter motor or alternator…when I turn the key I get a clicking noise but the engine wont start and the lights still come on. Any suggestions? I am such a chick when it comes to cars :(

  129. Tim
    February 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    Hi Heather
    Yeah, I would say starter motor would be the first place to look. Easiest way to test is to keep the ignition key turned while someone gives the starer motor a smack with a hammer. If that gets it going then you’ll either need a new one or it might be possible to recondition it.
    Might be best seeing a mechanic about it if you’re not so comfortable yourself.

  130. Tim
    February 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    Hi Paul
    It’s really just a case of the mechanics seizing up if not used now and then. But I guess one car might get away with it a lot longer than another, so there’s some luck involved. As with the rest of these cars, the trick is in regular servicing and using, but I suppose that’s the same with all old cars.
    Manual or auto transmission, it doesn’t matter, just keep using 4WD occasionally to keep things running smoothly.

  131. Heather
    February 12, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    Hi Tim

    Thanks for your reply. It was indeed the starter motor which I was able to get reconditioned locally. Back to happy motoring now and she is running like her usual self.

  132. paul
    February 14, 2009 at 2:37 am #

    I just recently bought a 1991 pajero 2.5 disel automatic i still dont understand what the numbers mean on the smaller gear stick and how best to use them also i noticed on the dashboard display for the wheels it only lights the two front wheels does this mean there is a problem with power getting to the rear wheels

  133. brian
    February 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    Hi Tim,
    I sent a e-mail to you over my problem with my perjero not going into o/d. did u recieve? thks Bri

  134. Tim
    February 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi Heather
    Glad you got it sorted. Happy Paj motoring!

  135. Tim
    February 16, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    Hi Paul

    Check out this excellent post on how to use the 4WD system:

    With regards lights on the dashboard I’d suggest the rear ones are probably blown – it’s a very common problem.

  136. Tim
    February 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    Hi Brian
    I received both your emails and replied to them both on the same day. You need to check your email system is working OK. Hope this helps.

    • nav
      May 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      Hi tim….
      I have read almost 50 percent of the comments n i am totally impressed with everything….i just need your help for 1997 mitsubishi pajero…after switching on the ac…front two vents givea out hot air and other two vents gives out cold air… i am going to buy this pajero very soon but dont have any expert advice…atleast tell me what all general things to check in this pajero before buying…vehicle has no service history…

  137. February 17, 2009 at 12:31 am #

    Hi Doc Pajero!!

    Thanks for posting the pics – I’ve just ordered a stainless steel wheel cover which will have a picture of my 2 sons laminated onto it – Will post a pic when its all done.

    Saint Paul

  138. Paul
    February 18, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    Thanks for your help the forum was not only helpfull with understanding the 4wd system but many other things that will no doubt be useful some time, and as for the lights it was a bulb as you said along with a few others after changing my dash now looks like the illuminations.

    I sent you an e-mail with some pictures attached if you would like some more pictures before adding them to your vistors section i would be happy to send you some.

    Once again thanks for your help.

  139. Lee
    February 21, 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    having few problems with my pajero not starting. I have replaced the glow plugs and put in a manual pre heat button and also replaced both batteries but still having problems. Is it usual for the central locking to engage when engine is running. If i am quick enough to start engine with door open every think is fine which leaves me to believe it may be a fault with the immobiliser.
    any suggestions.

  140. Tim
    February 22, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    Hi Lee

    I’d say it’s very unusual for the central locking to engage when the engine’s running. You might be best seeing an auto-electrician about that. But I’m not sure if this is causing the starting problems – could you give a bit more detail about what happens when you try to start?

  141. Paul
    February 22, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    Discovered a significant oil leak on my 2.5 Diesel Ive had a look underneith with an inspection lamp and I can see it runs down the back of the block and then gets thrown everyware when it gets to the gearbox the car got 115k Km recorded on G plate. Is this kind of thing common?

  142. Tim
    February 22, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi Paul

    Only as common as any old car leaking oil I suppose! Have a feel at the back of the head. If it’s wet, could be the half moon seals. Good luck.

  143. jenn
    February 26, 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    Hi Tim, Jennie from New Zealand (pajero owner) just saying hello and hoping you or someone could help me with a couple of small issues with 92 Pajero Exceed. When I win the lottery I will buy a later model Pajero for sure, Ill be keepin in touch , cheers Jenn

  144. Tim
    February 27, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    Hi Jenn
    Good to hear from you! Hopefully I’ve answered the questions you’ve asked, but get back to me by email for more detail if needed.
    When you win the lottery, will you buy me one too?

  145. Ray
    February 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Having just bought my first Paj. from Fleabay I thought I would take it for a M.O.T. today. You know the feeling you get when the examiners shoulders start shaking with laughter ?
    Anyway £38 lighter I came away with a fault list bigger than the doomsday book and a sarky comment “If you can get the parts we can fit them” ringing in my ears.
    So its back to Fleabay to search for bits. Credit card approaching meltdown and a very, very “Told you so” mode missus.

  146. Tim
    February 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    Whoops! Sorry to hear that Ray, some you win some you lose when dealing with eBay I suppose.
    Depending what you need, you might also want to buy new, from somewhere like
    Anyway, good luck with.

  147. Cledwyn Williams
    February 27, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    I have a 1993 SWB Pajero. Starts well but on warm up the engine revs uncontrollably to 2000 revs. I have tried injector cleaner but to no avail. 50,000miles on the clock and the exhaust does not smoke. Any ideas please?

  148. Tim
    February 28, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    Hi Cledwyn

    Have you had a look at the throttle body? Could be a few things including the computer, but I’d start there.

    February 28, 2009 at 4:04 pm #


  150. Tim
    March 1, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    Hi Steve, Sue

    There’s a switch on the pedal. Have a look at that.

  151. Spencer
    March 1, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Mornin’ everyone,

    I only joined the Pajero fraternity 2 weeks ago after lots of saving and hard work and it appears that I am one of the unlucky ones. I got a 1991 2.5td from a garage in London which was a part exchange with no warranty. It appears that the dealer saw me coming because just one week later I had to be rescued by the AA after the car suffered major problems which has left the car needing everything from the Crank pulley to the Crank shaft to be replaced. and just like Ray the Missus is not very impressed or supportive.

    Anyway would anyone know of anybody that would like to take on a project or have any advice because I desparately need to recover as much money as possible.

  152. Tim
    March 1, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    Hi Spencer

    That’s bad news and I’m very sorry to hear it.

    Did you get a price for the work doing? Probably not worth doing it I would imagine, so your best bet might be just to stick it on eBay, obviously being honest about the problems it has and try to rake some money back.

    Not much help I don’t think, but good luck anyway :(

  153. Paul George
    March 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    Hi Tim, been reading the newest posts – Shame to hear what happened to Spencer – And Spencer if your reading this, dont look back!! You got yourself a great vehicle that perhaps took a thrashing from previous owners -Now its in your hands so look forward to getting her back on the road – Like anything, cost is going to be a factor – In my opinion nothings dead until its buried!!!

    Im from a very small island and whenever i go to look for a car part in an auto spare shop, and theres only one Autoshop there, the answer is “we dont stock for a Nissan Silvia” and now i’ve got a Pajjie!! its pointless going there – You my friend have the world at your fingertips!! Get rid of the ole 2.5 and put in a 2.8 or a 3.2 v6.

    Im positive that your able to find a good engine with a scrap dealer – Prior to poppping it in, give it a brief checkover. A very famous boxer once said” You win some, and you lose some!! But you live to fight another day”

    Lets get that pajjie on the road Spencer!!!

    Saint Paul, Antarctica

    March 2, 2009 at 4:29 pm #


  155. Tim
    March 4, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Hi Steve, Sue

    Not sure what else to suggest as it’s not a problem I’ve come across myself, so I won’t make matters worse by guessing! Good luck with it and let me know how you get on if you get chance.

  156. Joel Langton
    March 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    Hi Tim, youve got a great looking Paj there. I own a 91 Mk2 LWB at the moment but im thiking of upgrading. I want to get something unique, perhaps a special edition, though id prefer to still be LWB.
    What other special editions were there, do you know, and do you know where i should look for one?


  157. Tim
    March 10, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    Hi Joel, glad you like my Pajero!

    My favourite LWB special edition has to be the Snow Athlete. I’m not sure of the full spec, but they look great. This should give you an idea of what they look like:

    Also available in a dark green I believe. I suppose regular searching on eBay might find you one?

    Good luck!

  158. Joel Langton
    March 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    nice one, thanks for the link. i look the look of it, not usually a fan of white, but it looks good.
    im defo going to look out for one of these. I i will let you know if i find one.

    Are there any other LWB special editions you know of?


  159. Tim
    March 10, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    I know exactly what you mean about white. Try finding the green version maybe. I’m not so sure about any more special/limited editions for the LWB – I’ll have a think about it….

  160. Ray
    March 11, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    Well I finally got my paj back on the road. Ball joints, Pitman arm, Steering rod,Rear disks and pads all replaced. found the headlight bulbs had been glued in ??. Tried to find some bulb clips but to no avail. The mitsi dealer said I would have to buy 2 new complete headlights ! (Nice try.) Made some clips out of some spring wire I had laying about and it flew through the MOT.
    Missus now loves the car (Fickle arent they ?). Anyway even with the parts and labour I still reckon I have got a reasonably priced motor. Insurance was another nightmare though, My old company (Saga) wouldnt insure a “Grey Import” so I had to go elswhere, Ended up with Yes Car Insurance. Still got a bit of cosmetic work to do but all in all I am quite chuffed with it.

  161. Tim
    March 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    Sounds like you’ve had some work on your hands Ray! Good to hear you’ve got the Paj all legal and ready to go. Time to enjoy it now!

  162. Dave
    March 18, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    Hi pajero hold light came on the other day What does it meen and would it be best not uesed untill knew what it ment and looked into and fix?. chees David

  163. Dave
    March 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    Hi apart from ebay wich other place is good for parts for my pajero ie side steps swb. other bits and bobs.i got it of ebay but needs some work doing to it. but none the less i love it.grate site by the way many thanks David.

  164. Tim
    March 19, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    Hi David

    Sounds like you’ve accidentally moved the AT mode button, have a look here:

    Apart from eBay, the only other place I know for Pajero bits would be here:

    Never used them myself, but I know they’ve been around a long time.

  165. Dave
    March 19, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    Hi Tim thank you very much on the info about the hold light being on .it was the AT mode button also the web site you gave me for the pajero bits looks good many thanks for your help David.

  166. clarizza m. cabanero
    March 31, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    hi, i have a 3 doors pajero-got a problem with the dashboard-theres red blink-i dont know what it is, got worried coz i dont even have a owners handbook because its from japan-and converted to left hand drive- its a 1996-junior pajero -2.5 (4d56 engine) automatic, diesel- been 3 years using this car-good performance-could somebody give me a copy or a scan one-owners handbook-its expensive if i buy it online…been searching to the net but i dont see any free download for this model, my other problem is the lock of the sun roof-where can i buy this one?

    thanks so much,

  167. Guy Lees
    April 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    Hi Tim, hope all’s well with you. Just thought I’d relay a few experiences with my paj of late. Well, I decided to give my car it’s 3 month oil & filter change last week (the 2nd one since my ownership) and I know this subject fuels much debate. But due to financial constraints, I decided to use my local motor factors and bought 10/40 semi’ synth, and probably the best known ‘UNI versal PART’ manufacturer for filters (which I’ve been told are actually made by ‘FRAM’ probably the best in the business), which is the same one I used on my first oil change, without problem. However, this time I found that initially the oil pressure light took a long time to extinguish (about 15 seconds) and from then on, when cold, would take 5 seconds on start up to go out. Even when warm, if left for more than 30 minutes, still took about 2 seconds. Took the invoice back to the shop, explained my concerns, and even though he gave me another filter foc, he doubted this would be the cause, as apparently he had never come across a faulty filter in 30 years! Suggested most probably the sender unit. I removed the offending part, fitted the new identical filter and sure enough, my diagnosis was correct. Oil light now goes out more or less immediately from cold. And the moral of this story? Well, don’t know really, as I think there is an important place for these pattern parts, so I guess just be careful and attentive to your warning lights. And I think next time I will go for the genuine part, (as you have) especially as I’ve seen them on e-bay now for not much more than an aftermarket part. Phew! Glad I got that I’ve got that off my chest.

    By the way, when is your next servicing update on this site?


  168. john T
    April 13, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    hi tim this site is very useful. i have jus got a lwb pajaro an i have got a minnor problem
    i have a squikin from the front L” shocker . but iam not to sure how to do this job an dont have a manual also it seams to be runnin a bit hi on tik over ? can u help ? thanks mate

  169. Ian Ware
    April 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    I’m in urgent need of a mark 1 pajero rear prop shaft. Its needed for an H reg swb import with a manual gearbox – please contact me on 01643 841196.

  170. matt
    April 26, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    hi I have purchased a 95 lwb paj and the lights on/key in buzzer does not work checked the fuse seems ok also interior light works.

  171. daryl
    May 15, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi Everyone

    I have got a 1992 2.8TD SWB Pj
    I am looking for a roof rack, one web site says if the car has not got fitted roof rails you can not use a roof rack.
    Can anyone tell me if this is true, and if its not where is the best place to get roof racks/roof bars
    Many thanks

  172. Tim
    May 15, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi Daryl

    That’s kind of right, so what you need to do is buy some roof rails first, then get the appropriate bars to clamp onto them. When I looked into this the best way was to buy second hand roof rails from somewhere like ebay or scrap yards. Then go to somewhere like Halfords for the correct bars.

    Hope this helps.

  173. daryl
    May 16, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    Thanks tim for the info.
    I will start my hunting trip for them.

  174. Barbara
    May 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    Hi, I am new to Pajero, I have found the jack under the rear seat but cant locate the jack handle, Ive tried all ways to lift the rear seat where it appears to be from the ‘Japanese’ manual pictures. Please can you help, as I have a terrible scraping noise coming from the back wheels, I think there may be a stone in there. Thanks. Barbara

  175. Tim
    May 26, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    Hi Barbara
    I’m assuming it’s a LWB and if so it should be clipped to the back of the cubby boxes. If it’s not there you might need to buy another.
    You could well be right about the stone too.
    Good luck with it.

  176. Bruce Barton
    May 31, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    Hi. My electric windows have given up working but all interior fuses seem okay. Could it be the window lock switch. If so how can I get to it to check. I managed to undo the door panel part way but still can’t reach the switch. Grateful for any hints. Cheers.

  177. Tim
    May 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    I wouldn’t think it was to do with the window lock switch as this only controls passenger windows. I’d double check all fuses under the dash and in the engine bay first before taking things further.

  178. Diana
    June 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    I am in the process of buying a LWB 2.8 Paj 1992, It’s just had an engine rebuild, gear box overhall, it has a super select gear box and over drive. It’s never had a towbar so i think it has not towed anything heavy. it’s not an exceed, it has original mats and is gun metal gray metallic. This is my 1st paj and i would love to know what people think. I have loads of ? about reliability, service and how do i get a manual to let me know how everyhting works. It’s got no visable rust and is very clean in side. price £1995 for the year do you think this is an ok buy?

  179. Tim
    June 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    Hi Diana

    £2000 gets you a brilliant Pajero these days and personally I’d walk away from one that had just had an engine rebuild and gearbox. If I was very lucky I might get that sort of money for my Pajero but realistically £1500 and mine’s done less than 50k miles with original engine etc. I’d say keep looking around until you find a really nice one for that money.
    Manuals are available from various places including
    Good luck!

  180. Diana
    June 2, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    Hi Tim

    When you say nice, what should i really be looking for?


  181. Tim
    June 3, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi Diana

    Well, one with a good, original engine and gearbox for a start and preferably well under 100k miles on the clock. I’d also want straight bodywork and good condition interior. The underneath should be good with no signs of off-roading. Really, for 2 grand you’ll find a beauty if you’re patient.

  182. Lilian Sidney
    June 9, 2009 at 1:05 pm #


    Need some advise about my 93 K reg Pajero 2.5 LWB Auto Diesel.

    There is no forward drive in the gearbox, do we need a new gear box or can it be repaired? What sort of costs are involved?

    Many thanks

  183. Tim
    June 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Hi Lilian
    Might be as simple as a clutch problem. Probably best seeing a good mechanic for proper advice.
    Good luck!

  184. ROY
    June 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    i have a 28 pajero on a 93 L. when engine is cold i have a squeak which i think is comming from turbo but cant be sure . after about 3/4 minutes the noise goes. any idea?

  185. Tim
    June 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi Roy
    You sure it’s not a slipping belt? Typical of an alternator belt to squeal if it needs tightening, when it’s cold.

  186. ROY
    June 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    it had new belts about8 weeks dosent sound like belts.its sounds like metal to metal .but its not a continuse dose it under load

  187. Tim
    June 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    Could be coming from loads of different areas Roy and I’m not going to guess at it and send you down the wrong track. I’d try and get some more expert advice from one of the Pajero forums or a good mechanic.
    Good luck with it.

  188. ROY
    June 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    thank you for your advice on the beltsThat was the answer.So thank once again Tim

  189. ROY
    June 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Tim my 4 wheel light keeps flashing .ive tried going back and forth but it stays on. If i go under the bonnet and take off the vacum pipe to the valve on the right inner wing it goes off.I replaced jt with a second hand one but it still does it .Any ideas

  190. Tim
    June 15, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi Roy
    Glad you got rid of the squeaking. I was going to suggest a mousetrap next :)
    I’ve not had the 4WD light flashing problem myself, but it’s quite common. If the reversing trick doesn’t work I’d have a look at this:
    Let me know if it helps.

  191. andrew bryant
    June 17, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    I have a 96 2.8 that has been standing for about two years we’ve just changed the cylinder head being extremely careful with the timing it turns over perfectly but we can’t get any fuel to the injectors i’ve bled the filter primed the pump manualy and checked the pump solenoid is there a way to bleed the pump ? i’m in france and don’t have access to a manual

  192. ROY
    June 19, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Tim .its Roy with the flashing 4 wheel drive light.I went to the mitsubishi garage thfy had one in with the same problem.It was the valve on the right hand inner wing with the air pipes and two electrical wires to it

  193. Tim
    June 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    Hi Roy
    Thanks for posting back on this – might help someone else out. Glad you got it sorted.

  194. Paul George
    June 24, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    Hi Tim, its Antarctica Paul here – I finally arrived home on the 11th april 09 – Drove the pajero right away as you can imagine and was quite pleased with it – The spare wheel cover arrived on the same ship with me and on it i have my two sons picture – Its a real headturner here especially as its the first 4wd here with that on it –

    Anway, been doing some work to it – Got the underneath all painted up and basically it was in good nick underneath and a little wirebrushing really did the trick – Brakes was next and also oil and filter changes – have not got around to the Automatic fluid change yet but will get on to that soon – Also fitted a brand new automatic ariel as the original was broke –

    The front bull bars were all cleaned nicely and looks good now – This weekend i will be respraying the roof and bonnet that has been peeling away -Apart from that i am very happy with the Pajero and no problems thus far – I will note something interesting to you and your readers – Perhaps you already know this anyway – The pajero was a little hard starting first thing in the morning and sometimes i would have to heat up for 6 or 7 times – About 2 weeksw ago, the priginal owner gave me a lift home from work and we went to house – Out of the blue he gave me this little electronic control box (BRAND NEW)

    I had previously seen this box when i was changing the auto ariel – the box is located on the passenger side right where you put your feet – Knowing that the Pajero was hard starting mornings i had assumed it was the glow plugs – I never mentioned this to the owner as it was now my little problem –

    Anyway, on the new control box, it stated something about glow plugs – I changed it and imediately it started – The next morning i heated it once and she fired off just like that – No smoke whatsoever!!!!! Truthfully speaking, i dont even have to heat it anymore, but just turn the key and it starts instantly – i do continue to heat it once though –

    Thought id just share that info with you in case anyone reading this blog has a problem like this and thinks it could be glow plugs – I guess in some cases, this will be the problem – The box was given to the previous owner on his recent trip to Capetown where Mitsubishi infromed him that he should have it changed when he fits his new injector pump – The new pump was fitted but a local garage here informed him it was not nessecary to fit the box – Obviously it was.

    The previous owner has also given me a litre of paint to redo the hood and bonnet – The paint was obtained from south africa and is called Mitsubishi Moonlight Blue – Finally, there is also a button on the inside dash – Its called an A/T mode which i have to learn what this little switch does –

    Anyway, will send some piccies shortly of the new paint job – hopefully it will come out cool!!!!

    Take care all,

    Saint Paul

  195. Tim
    June 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Hi Paul
    Glad you’re home safely and in love with the Paj! Sounds like you’ve been very busy.
    Sounds like you have a pre-heat box fitted which a lot of owners do, especially in colder countries. I’m sure this info will help some readers.
    I’m thinking this is the A/T button you’re talking about:
    Anyway, thanks for getting in touch and look forward to the pics.

  196. Paul George
    June 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    Hi Tim, thanks for the response – The pajero,s roof and bonnet was sprayed this afternoon and came out beautifully!!! Will post pics real soon – Thanks for the link on the switch – will look into this real soon –

    Speak later,


  197. ROY
    July 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    Hi Tim .could you tell me if the speedo and rev counter all fit.I went to get a secondhand one they say all the numbers need to match

  198. Tim
    July 3, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Hi Roy
    Haven’t a clue to be honest. Try asking here:
    Someone will know.

  199. andrew
    July 5, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    just had my pump seal done and the injectors ,pajero 2.8td…run fine for a day or 2 now it loeses power and stalls at idel, when running fine it smokes up hill but when power go,s no smoke.. any idea?

  200. Colin
    July 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    HI TIM
    I’m a travelling brit in Mozambique and am looking at a 2.5 manual diesel 4×4 Delica tomorrow,(it’s an early one, wiki says the 4×4 started in 93/94 so it is around that age)
    I’m heading for an 8 week trip- probably total of 6,000km-ish, mostly Moz, but some Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia.
    I’m not a total mechanical muppet, but am after any particular things to look out for.
    As I understand it the Delica is basically a Pajero in an ugly/boxy disguise.
    I was considering a Toyota Hi-lux Surf, but it’s a 2.4 diesel which is famous for head problems from overheating.
    The delica and the Hi-lux are the only local cars in my price range as the 70% tax makes cars here very expensive.
    How important is the amount and colour of smoke coming out of the exhaust?
    4×4 here do hard duty, what should I check in terms of bearings, boots, bushes, CV joints etc.
    What would you try to carry in way of spare belts/fluids etc.
    Sorry for so many questions but it does seem you are the guy to ask.
    regards Colin

  201. Tim
    July 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi Colin, that sounds like fun, lucky you!
    Yeah, you’re right, the Deli and the Paj have many things in common. Rather than me try detailing what to look for I’ve found a couple of great links to help you (and they know a lot more than me!):
    Lots more stuff on that site and I’d join it if you’re definitely getting a Deli.
    That one’s Pajero-specific but I’d say it might actually help you more.
    I think you’re right to drop the Surf idea. Nearly bought one myself once, but Pajeros looked a much better prospect.
    Have fun and send me some pics if you get chance.

  202. July 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    head gasket problem

  203. July 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    hi got problem with rubbing noise from back my pagero any ideas cannot find problem

  204. Gareth Somerford
    July 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm #


    Does anyone know where I can purchase 8 x 14mm bolts to fit an A-Bar on the front of a Pajero MKII?



  205. Tim
    July 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Hi Gareth
    I’d have a look for a local iron monger or have a look on ebay maybe?

  206. Tom Keogh
    July 13, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    Hi, could some kind soul tell me what ‘internal diameter’ scissors separator is needed to split the bottom ball joint on a 1991 pajero. I have two splitters which go no way near reaching around these ball joints. Any advice or a part/number separator would be great!!!
    Many thanks Tom

  207. Tim
    July 14, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    Hi Tom
    I don’t know the answer to that one. Just know it needs a big one! You could try searching here, or post your question:

  208. daryl
    July 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi there
    I need to replace my front and back brake pads on my 1992 pj(swb). I don`t have a manual, so can anyone tell me the easiest and best way to do it.
    Also, can anyone tell me where the jacking points are for the front and back.
    Many thanks

  209. John Te Amo
    July 21, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    Hi there,

    I need some help. Im not a mechanic, yet i have managed to do most engine repairs on my wifes holden astra and my Ford corsair. But … do you think i can do a simple oil and fuel filter change on my 1999 Pajero? No.

    So please can someone help me with this problem. I cant even find them! I usually google anything i need to know, which has led me to your website as yours is the closest step by step pictures i have been able to find.

    My vehicle is a 1998 Mitsubishi Pajero 3500 V6 NL. Originally petrol but was converted to duel fuel (petrol/LPG) before i purchased it.

    many thanks


  210. Tim
    July 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    Hi John
    This for the oil filter change:
    This for the fuel filter change:
    Note that mines a slightly older, diesel version, but they should help you still.

  211. Gareth Steele
    August 24, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    I have a 1998 2.8 Diesel with 90,000km, I hear slight rumbling noise from the G/box, drive train, you can only hear this noise on the motor-way at about 100km/h just before and just after the accelerator is applied gently.
    This is the first time I have owned a 4wd and am unsure if this is just because the vehicle is not engaged into 4wd or I am maybe over sensitive.
    any advise?

  212. sam
    August 25, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    hey guys pajero has no forward drive but will reverse anyclue to as what is wrong help would b greatly appreciated.

  213. James
    September 2, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    ok i have a question i have a 1992 shorty and i cant get the speakers outa the rear deck there fitted just behind the drivers seat on some kinda box but i have no idea how to get to the screws can ne one help me?
    i’v tried popping the grill out with a screwdriver but yeh i’m clueless please


  214. neil wolf walsh
    September 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    well i had a fuel pump seal fitted cos it would go so far then stop but it solved that now it goes ok then sometimes losses all power and splutters . i changed fuel filter and oil filter the person i sold it to just says it goes ok but just losses power sometimes

  215. Paul George
    September 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    Hi James, reference to those rear speakers – I also changed the ones in the rear of my LWB Pajero – Its a lot of work and you have to hunt down all the screws which r located in the panel in various places – The actual grill will only come apart once you remove the rear panel – The panel will come of with a bit of hard work – This is the only way and the right way.

    Hope this helps,

    Paul George

  216. Paul George
    September 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tim, not been on the site much theses days – Anyway, will be heading of to Antarctica next month for another 6 month contract – The Pajero has been running well and no major problems thus far –

    During a visit to the shop today, a friend stopped me saying that he has a problem with his 96/7 swb Pajero – Apparently it was doing some squeeling – He has already changed various belts, Alternator bearings etc –

    Some other guy told him it might also be something wrong with the crankshaft pulley – A new pulley was fitted but for some reason the engine will not rev any higher than a 1000 RPMs – This only happened after he changed the pulley – Any information regarding this????

    Looking 4ward to hearing from you and many thanks,

    Anatarctica Paul

  217. Tim
    September 21, 2009 at 8:32 am #

    Hi Paul
    Not been on the site much either myself, which is a worry as it’s my site!!! Been way too busy earning a living I’m afraid.
    Not too sure about your mate’s squealing, so I’d better not make any guesses.
    Good luck in Antarctica.

  218. Gary Wiseman
    September 28, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    Hi Tim Waxoyled paj yesterday done engine bay as well BUT i have got a Scorpian Security Alarm fitted and when turned ignition on and turn off imobiliser No response so No engine start i must have sprayed waxoyle over a sensor or something.What do i look for and what can i do to put it right any idears would be gratefully recieved. Many Thanks Gary

  219. Tim
    September 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    Sorry Gary, haven’t a clue I’m afraid. Guess a Scorpion specialist is required. Good luck.

  220. Gary Wiseman
    September 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi Tim process of elimination it was sensor built in to the siren sprayed it with 3in1 degreaser now works perfect no better next time live and learn thanks any way Tim Take Care Gary

  221. Tim
    September 28, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Glad you got it sorted Gary :)

  222. September 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    Tim, I have just bought a 1993 Pajero import of 2002. Lovely motor – but for the life of me i cant find the switch to turn the rear fog lights on and off!! – I have found the switches that activate the front ones mounted on the bull bars but no original switching for the standards. Any ideas please? many thanks and probably being really thick, Nige.

  223. Tim
    September 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi Nige

    On all the Pajeros of that age I’ve seen (including mine) the rear fog light(s) is run off an independent switch that has been added in this country. That’s because they don’t need rear fogs in Japan.

    Some of these switches are wired up to a hang-down fog light that’s also been added (like mine), or they are wired into the rear light clusters (like I want to do).

    So all I can say is keep hunting for an after-market switch. Unless of course someone’s wired it into the existing switches somewhere. You might also need to turn on at least your side lights for it to work, depending how it’s been wired. Good luck!

  224. September 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    You are a diamond geezer! Managed to calmly look – then thought I should try the button I thought was just for the front spots (all 4 of them!!) – put the lights on and then the switch, checked the rear suspended light and hey presto!! Problem Solved! Many thanks and may well be in touch if anything else crops up.
    Best Regards,

  225. Tim
    September 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Nice one Nige :)

    Somewhere in the back of my mind I have a feeling that rear fogs need to work this way to pass the MOT. So they only come on if you have at least the side lights on. Could be wrong though! Never used mine to be honest.

  226. Kmann
    October 1, 2009 at 4:39 am #

    Is it normal to hear a rusty-spring squeak when coming off the break slowly (99 Shogun)?
    Also a pebble chipped (1 cm sqr.) my front windscreen on the passenger side. What’s the best way to fix it (not covered by 3rd party insurance)?

  227. jackie
    October 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

    i put my foot on the accelerator and something starts to rattle inside the pajero if i ease off of the accelerator the noise stops. can anyone help?

  228. October 11, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    Do you know what the recommended tyre pressures for the (standard, I think ) 31×10.50R15 – both laden and unladen please?
    Many thanks,

  229. Tim
    October 11, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Hi Nige
    As with lots of Pajero questions, there’s hardly ever a definitive answer. Really depends on the make of tyre and how you like your ride. As a general rule of thumb, most people I know run standard tyres at 30 psi, with some choosing to vary up or down slightly front or rear.
    Never heard anyone specify a different setting for laden or unladen. They’d probably just play with suspension settings if they were bothered.
    Personally I run mine at 33 psi all round but they’re very non-standard.
    Hope this helps.

  230. October 11, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    Thanks for the tip – will give 33 a go and see how we roll. I have a Catering Trailer that I pull with my new work toy, which must weigh just over 2 ton fully loaded so thought it best to check. Thanks again and best regards,

  231. Guy Lees
    October 12, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    Hi Tim. I need to drain, flush and replace the coolant in my 1993 2.5 diesel paj’ as it looks very murky. So, any idea where a, the engine block drain plug is and b, how do you ensure the rear heater has emptied? Thanks,

  232. Tim
    October 13, 2009 at 6:56 am #

    Hi Guy

    It’s one job I’ve not done (yet) so I don’t really know. This should help though –
    There’ll be loads more on there about it.

  233. graham
    October 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    hi jim
    i am at the moment in the middle of buying a 98 perjo what should i look for when buying one?

  234. Morten
    October 22, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    Hi all

    Could anyone tell me where I can find a safari snorkel for my Pajero 95 TD LWB?


  235. Tim
    October 22, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi Morten
    I know you can definitely buy them on ebay, brand new, just do a search on there. Not sure of any shops in the UK doing them right now, but I’m sure there must be some about.

  236. Morten
    October 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    Hi Tim
    Thanks for your fast advice and reply. I will try to find it there.

  237. leah calderwood
    October 23, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    my hubby bought a pajero and the window fuse we cant find it. i even looked but stil cant find it.
    please can you give me any info
    thank you

  238. Peter Butler
    October 24, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    I have a Pajero 2009. how cani diconnect the warning the car gives wen i exceed 120km/h. pease help

  239. Tim
    October 24, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Sorry Peter, but I’ve no idea about such new models. You could try here:

  240. Rich
    November 4, 2009 at 12:19 am #

    Hi ive had my 2.5 td swb 92 for about 3 months. after a about a month the clutch started to slip no warning.
    so replaced the clutc & pressure plate.
    well it lasted about less than 200 miles and just started to slip again!!!
    any ideas why this could be? going to start stripping it down again 2mo.
    i want my truck back!! its nice & wet & muddy out so want to go have sum fun again.
    they are great trucks& good off road! bit thirsty on the fuel though.
    many thanks

  241. Tim
    November 4, 2009 at 7:55 am #

    Not so sure about that one Rich, so I’m not going to offer any advice that might make things worse. Have a look here for the answer:
    Good luck.

  242. Rich
    November 4, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    Hi Tim, thats ok no worrys.
    my mate who’s a mechanic who also did the clutch seems to think its the clutch master cylinder as the clutch pedal has nothing for 1/4 off the way then theirs a notch& the clutch feels normal.if u know what i going to change the clutch master cylinder and see what happens!
    what fun!

  243. Tim
    November 5, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    Thanks for the update Rich, it might help someone else. I’m sure you’ll get it sorted and get back on the road :)

  244. Andy. T.
    November 8, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    Hi Guys, I have just purchased a 1987 2.5 diesel Pajero l.w.b. Automatic. The car will only go into top gear when the engine tempreture guage shows the temp as half. At the same time the overdrive wont start working until the car can firstly go into the top gear. In order to get the tempreture up, I have to drive the car on the motorway for 20-25 mins at 3000-3500 revs, then the car will go into the top gear and the overdrive starts working. Any ideas on what the problem can be. The other gears change up and down very smoothly, just as does the top gear once it starts working !!!! please help me.

  245. anthony
    November 9, 2009 at 2:48 am #

    I hv a pajero 2.6 ,with points.. how can i change it to electronic can anyone recommend?/

  246. November 10, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    I like this site; i am from Malawi, my friend just bought a 1994 pajero, he is having problems witha radiator pipe, it is leaking. can he find a genuine radiator pipe to replace?

  247. Tim
    November 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Hi Kondi.
    Not sure about Malawi, but it’s not a problem in the UK. What about trying a scrap/breakers yard?

  248. November 11, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    Thanks Tim, actually My friend bought this pajero and we thought we should take it for a longer testing drive, we forgot to check for water and yeah! the radiator pipe broke, now He is afraid that the gascet might be affected, is this a major problem that? and how best can he fix this problem?

  249. Graham
    November 11, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    I have a 2002 Mitsubishi Pajero and the Compass Panel has just stopped working. This worked fine until yesterday when I had a problem with the cigarette lighter. Can I assume it is a fuse? However on the fuse box lids and also in my owners manual there is no corresponding number for the Compass Panel . Can you tell me where the fuse for the is or if it is on the cigarette lighter’s circuit?

  250. Tim
    November 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Hi Kondi
    If he’s worried he should probably let a mechanic look at it to make sure no other damage was done, like warping the head.

  251. Tim
    November 11, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    Hi Graham
    Don’t know about the 2002 model but from my own experience they might well be running off the same fuse. Have you been able to find one for the cig lighter?
    If you’re still stuck, try asking here:
    Quite a few lads with the newer models on there.

  252. paul
    November 15, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    hello tim i bought a pajero swb 1997 3 weeks ago `i was just wondering ders an orange light under the reves clock it flashes now and again bu i jus wat 2 know what is it



  253. Tim
    November 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    Hi Paul
    Could you describe the light more or maybe send me a pic – not sure which you mean.

  254. paul
    November 15, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    its a orange light with retangler box in it dat looks lik tat its nerly empty if u get wat i mean

  255. Tim
    November 15, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    Ah yeah, sounds like the fuel filter warning light. This is what the handbook says:
    “If this light comes on while driving, stop the vehicle and drain the water from the fuel filter. If the light comes on again after draining the water, do not attempt to drive. Contact Mitsubishi”.

    There’s a draining plug at the bottom of the filter that allows you to drain off the water. However, I know a lot of people who have this problem simply replace the fuel filter.

    Hope this helps.

  256. paul
    November 15, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    thanks alot il let u know wat happens

    thanks a lot paul

  257. Dean Barnitt
    November 16, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

    Does anyone know how to get into the rear light cluster to replace a brake light bulb? i removed all the retaining screwws i could see but it won’t come out and i don’t want to force it.

  258. Tim
    November 16, 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    I’m assuming a Mk2 Dean? Yes, just a couple of screws if I remember rightly and it just pulls off, but it’s not easy and feels as if it won’t come off. Think you need to move it from side to side.

  259. Dean Barnitt
    November 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    Cheers Timwill try again then it just felt as though there were some more scres somewhere i had missed as it didn’t want to budge.

  260. paul
    November 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    hello again tim we draind it and it worked but just to be safe i got a new 1

    tanks alot

  261. Tim
    November 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Nice one Paul, thanks for letting us know.

  262. ZEL
    November 17, 2009 at 11:01 pm #




  263. glover666
    November 28, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    hi there great site,,i have a k reg pajero 2.5td very nice truck but the fuel gauge dont work yet everything else dose any ideas plz ?

  264. Chris586
    November 29, 2009 at 3:02 am #

    Hi Guys,
    Just bought a 2000 3.5l Pajero and
    sometimes the C/D LOCK light stays flashing while driving. Sometimes it helps to stop the car and restart but then it will just come back on after driving for a while.
    Anyway of solving the problem and and any possible reasons for it doing that?

    Appreciate the help.

  265. Tim
    November 29, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    Hi glover666
    First thing to check is the fuel sender. Lift the carpet in the back and you’ll find a plate with 6(?) bolts that gives you access to the top of the fuel tank where you’ll find the sender. Now take the electric plug off the sender and earth it which should cause the light or gauge to work. If not your sender’s bust or needs cleaning.

  266. Tim
    November 29, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    Hi Chris586

    Probably an electrical glitch. Have a look at this page, near the bottom under “Centre Differential – Orange flashing light”:

  267. glover666
    November 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    thanks tim ill have alook and let you know ,got say this site is mint this is my first pajero and im loveing it ,got to do the altinator and fuel gauge then its all gd keep up the good work this site really helps

  268. Tim
    November 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    Cheers mate, glad it helps and good luck with your fixes :)

  269. Chris586
    November 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Thanks Tim,
    I will get it checked out! off on quite a long trip through ozzie, so don’t want any trouble.
    Great site!!!!!!!

  270. glover666
    November 29, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    hi tim great news lol the re earthing on fuel sender worked it now tells me wots in the tank..(half full )not bad as it came to me with it in so bonus lol thanks again great help

  271. Tim
    November 29, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    Hey, that’s a result, glad you got it sorted! The bad thing is now you’re going to realise how thirsty Pajeros are ;)

    • robert
      September 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

      Tim, I am going to do the same as glover666 (fuel gauge faulty) but got kind of confused on earthing the fuel sender. is it simply contacting it to the chassis?

    • robert
      September 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

      Hey Tim, you nailed it on the faulty fuel sender. It was covered with a yellow film (probably sulfur build up). After Cleaning thoroughly and earthing, the gauge is back to it’s usual business. You have a great site and very knowledgeable. Thanks a million !!!!

    • Tim
      September 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      Hey that’s great Robert, really glad you got it sorted :)

  272. glover666
    December 1, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    hello tim me again lol my pajero goes into the workshop tomoz for the altinator to be replaced,the bloke says the one ive got is single belt one yet he says he will convert it to 2 belt with bottom arm ,will this be ok ?so for the altintor converted to 2 belts plus fit it for 110 pounds

    • Tim
      September 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

      Just find a nice clean spot to earth to that eventually connects to the chassis – if you know what I mean! I usually look for a big screw or bolt that’s going into something solid.

  273. FAHEEM
    December 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    Hi tim , i have pajero model 2004 but unfortunately i lost the key.. i made a dublicate key when i switch on lights comes in dashborad meter but it couldn’t start. any suggestion will be highly appriciated Regards

  274. Tim
    December 1, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    Hi Faheem

    Many modern cars have a chip in the key fob that disarms the vehicle’s immobiliser. I’m assuming your copied key doesn’t have this chip in it so that’s probably your problem. I’d guess the only way to get around this is speak to Mitsubishi who should be able to provide a new key. Good luck.

  275. Graham
    December 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    the batteries on my mitsubishi pajero 2.8TD went flat, i changed the batteries and now the speedo and top gear do not work, i have checked the fuses and cleaned the wire connections to the speedo and gear box, but this has not resolved the problem, does anyone know what else i can try, many thanks

  276. Patric
    December 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm #


    Great website, very useful!

    I am thinking about buying a ’96 LWB Pajero, turbo diesel. As you can see, she’s already 13 years old and she has already done kilometers, too. The car seems to be well maintained, the owner’s brother is a mechanic.
    Can anybody tell me what the ‘weak spots’ are that I have to check before buying that car? What’s the biggest size of tires that can be mounted?

    Thanks a lot, Patric

  277. glover666
    December 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm #

    hi tim just to let you know ive replaced the altinator on the truck and all is good ,ive got me battery light back and a few others and the 2 front wheel lights have stoped flashing ,seems the altinator was the cause of all my probs,,the truck is now running great and i love it ,(and its not to bad on go go juice lol) thanks again for the help with fuel sender ,also when it went into the workshop they said they blanked the egr valve ???? they said this will increase millage and give a little more power,will this cause me any problems or shall i leave it as it is many thanks richard

  278. sam
    December 10, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    hi there just asking i have a 1992 pajero 2.5d the internal digital Temperature gauge wants to read -25. and outside does not seem to be right but not as bad as the inside one. where does the wire go to and the sensor? for the inside reading go to.trying to find the sensor inside the truck but cant seem to. seems someone might have cut the wire or has sumthing else gone wrong any ideas ??

  279. sam
    December 10, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    mitsubishi pajero internal digital Temperature sensor can some tell me where it is and where the wire goes to my gauge inside the truck says -25

  280. Tim
    December 10, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    Sam, the internal temperature sensor is under the steering column, looks like a little silver square. Haven’t a clue which way the wiring goes. Good luck.

  281. Sarah
    December 12, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi Tim,

    Just wanted to say what a great website I try and pop on most weeks and read the comments etc, Have you sold you truck though? there is a Pajero Seller on EBAY that I watch qutie alot to see what he has and your Blue Moon is on there? I wish I had the money to buy it :)

  282. Tim
    December 12, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi Sarah
    Great to hear your comments – makes it all worth while!
    Yes, you heard it here first, I have sold the Pajero. It’s definitely a good truck if you can scrape the money together!

  283. alex
    December 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    hi i have a mitsubishi pajero 1991 2.5 lwb i absolutely love my car i never thought at the time of getting it that i’d b able to drive it as im 5ft 3 and weigh 8 1/2 stone so im a fairly small female for such a large car but i wudn’t change my car for the world it’s ace,i have had a few problems with it and managed to fix them at not a costly price,i now have a problem with the central locking on the drivers door and for the life of me can’t fix it every other door opens the lock lifts up like the rest of them but when i pull the handle the door won’t open im having to climb over to get in please help me.

  284. alex
    December 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    reading through and back in february lee wanted to no wether it was normal for the central locking to engage whilst the engine is running,mine is a jap import and when i start mine up with the door shut it automatically locks itself i do believe this to be normal on the pajero.

  285. Tim
    December 21, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    Hi Alex, thanks for getting in touch and let me tell you one thing – I know a lady who’s even smaller than you and loves her Paj too!
    I’d guess that you need to strip the door panel off and have a look inside to see what’s happening with the central locking. If the knob’s going up then you need to have a look at why the lock itself isn’t opening. Not a lot more I can offer I’m afraid.
    With regards the automatic locking on starting the engine, mine definitely doesn’t lock it.

  286. Danie Joubert
    December 26, 2009 at 8:31 am #

    Hi Tim, can you please help.

    My dad has a MITSUBISHI PAJERO 2.8TD LWB 1995 model and they had a breadown in Lesotho – they need to change the gasket. He asked me to try and find out what the Cylinder Head Torque settings are for the vehicle, do you perhaps have this handy ? I have searched all over the internet but do not seem to get anything.

    Your help will be greatly appreciated.

  287. Tim
    December 26, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    Hi Danie
    I don’t have that information with me right now, but ask here:

  288. gary palmer
    December 26, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    my 2.5 tdi has choke is this right

  289. Mark Treppas
    December 27, 2009 at 11:56 pm #

    Hi, what a great site you have here! Im thinking of getting a diesel Pajero, what do you recommend, a 2.5 or a 2.8? Cheers, Mark.

  290. Tim
    December 28, 2009 at 8:11 am #

    Thanks Mark!
    As you’ll get similar MPG with both, I’d go with the 2.8, but they do tend to cost more to buy.

  291. Nadya Brown
    December 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    I have a great little Pajero 1993 Turbo intercooler 2800 and love it but keep getting little messages and as there is no handbook have struggled to find which button I have accidentantally pressed. Having been shifting in the snow recently, I used the 4 wheel drive but turned off when I parked up,however I now have a message that reads HOLD, can you please tell me what it means and where I can purchase a drivers hand book in English maybe a download copy from.

  292. Tim
    December 29, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Hi Nadya
    Check out this page for the HOLD light –
    I got my owners manual (translated from Japanese) here: – Click “Shop Online”, but also available places like Amazon. Best £20 I spent on the Pajero, full of useful stuff.

  293. dvdigoe
    December 29, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi guys. I have a 95 pajero 2.5, when she is ticking over alot of blue smoke comes from the exhaust. Any ideas???? also when she gets hard to start when she gets below a half tank of fuel.. all ideas welcome.
    Thanx guys
    Dave Igoe

    • robert
      September 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

      had the same problem. had my nozzle tips cleaned. replaced fuel filter same time. there are three kinds of smoke. blue, black and white. black is incomplete fuel combustion, blue is engine oil being burned and white is improper air fuel mixture.

  294. paul
    December 31, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    i have a 1994 pajero brought the centre air vents coz mine have fell appart,,does anyone know how to get the old vents out coz its doing my head in,,cheers

  295. James
    January 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    hey guys i have a 2.8 td i got it this past sumer out of japan. They shipped it with a couple extra oil filters and im down to the last one and i was wondering if anyone had a part # from a suplier in ontario for a new one
    tnx James

  296. dave
    January 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    does anybody know how to time up the fuel pump thanks

  297. Geoff
    January 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi…I am a Pajero Virgin having just bought a 96 2.8tdi Exceed and all I can say is…Bloody great car!!! Mine has only done 62k miles and at £1500 I nearly broke the chaps arm off. Only niggle is really awful cold weather starting which seems more common than I would have thought considering these come from a country that has extreme winters.
    Have to check the Glow plug Bar? first for corrosion then the plugs themselves…Any more ideas from anyone…all comments appreciated

  298. Nadya Brown
    January 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    Thank you so much for your help, I will attempt the handbook download.

  299. Marc
    January 11, 2010 at 1:22 am #

    Hi Tim, I have a 94 v6 3000 swb petrol auto. I have 31’ATs and have brought a set of steel mags with 30′ tyres that I want to change to 33′ MTs.
    I was trying the new wheels on the front and old ones on the back, ie 30 front and 31 rear, went for a drive down the track, in and out of fwd. I think I may have damaged front diff…Pulls/hard steering and noisy. Any ideas of possible damage and seriousness?

  300. January 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    Hi like you Pajero here are some pics of mine its now been about SA a bit!!but i would loke to get its front suspension to move a bit more..have cut stopper rubbers a bit but can do with some more..

  301. Steve
    January 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    Hi Tim,
    A dear friend of mine is having starter motor problems and needs it replacing so I volunteered myself!!!
    It’s a 2.8TD Pajero 1996. It looks a mightmare of a job! No space to get to the top bolt and if you manage it, no room to remove it unless you remove the front prop! Am I missing something and it’s a simple job? Poor friend is nearly 80 and can’t be lying on the floor hitting the starter motor every time it sticks!

  302. bryan
    January 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    hi there, i have a problem with my 1991 swb pajero 2.5 diesel auto, there is no foward drive but it has reverse? when oil is topped up it will drive forward for 5 miles or so then stops drive but still has reverse? please help!!!!

  303. Tim
    January 13, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    Hi Bryan, I’ve replied to your email.

  304. shazza
    January 15, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    i have had my 28 pajero for a year.
    love it to bits great to run.
    i would like to ask if you need to have the jeep running on 2 batterys?the batterys in mine are dead due to the waether this year.i was wondering if i could possibly run the jeep on 1 new battery as i was told this would be ok,i am just wanting to check this with your site if you dont mind
    yours shaz

  305. Tim
    January 15, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Hi Shaz
    Yes it can be run OK on one battery.

  306. shazza
    January 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    thanks very much tim.
    also when i put the jeep into 4wheel drive after a while it starts to make a noise at the front passengers wheel.the noise is like a metal rubbing.i was off roading couple of weeks ago so was wondering if it could just be needing greased this was the first n only time i would do this.i dont realy use the 4 wheel drive only cause bad weather i had to.
    could you possible give me an idea what it could be
    yours shaz

  307. Tim
    January 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Shaz, the first thing I’d do is take the wheel off and see if you can find any wedged in stones or anything like that if you’ve been offroading.

  308. Ekanath
    January 20, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    hi all, we have a 96 pajero turbo diesel 2.8ltr intercooled which is giving us big problems at the moment.we have taken it to 3 mechanics so far with none of them knowing how to fix the problem which is when the motor is cold it will start up ok but after driving it for 500mtrs or so it just cuts out then after starting the motor again (20-30 seconds of turning the key)it will start with a big cloud of white smoke and off we go again before it does it again.this might happen 2 3 times before the motor warms up then its not a problem.what i could do iamreally in tense

    • paul
      October 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

      hi ekanath
      i had the same problem and mine turned out to be taking in air at the fuel filter and the rubber pipes that connect to it.
      hope this is of some help

  309. Tim
    January 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi Ekanath
    Sounds like your fuel pump seals. I’d recommend finding a mechanic who is knowledgable about Pajeros as any good mechanic should be able to spot this.
    Good luck.

  310. Ekanath
    January 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    Thanks Tim, will try and let you know the outcome

  311. January 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    I have a 1991 LWB 2.5TD Auto import which I have had for 3years now. Affectionately known as “the Big Lump” or “The Beast” it is is a real workhorse and I’m gradually working through it to restore paintwork and general condition mechanically.

    I have had new Cyl head (last year) and just put another turbo on (this week)- great deal from Ebay and a guy in Hull – but trying to get a few more mile per gallon – about 20 tops round town and 25 on a run. A friend has exactly same car and gets 30 round town and 35 on a run. Going to have injectors and fuel pump looked at by diesel specialist on Monday so will let you know.

    Anyone getting really good economy from their LWB 2.5TD?? I’d be happy for advice.

  312. January 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    Hi i have a 1997 2.5 Pajero diesel intercooled, could you tell me what the fuel pump timing is and where te egr valve is situated please.
    Many thanks,

  313. scott
    January 24, 2010 at 2:56 am #

    hi i have a 96 pajero i have a problem where the doors will lock fine but when i unlock them with the key the locks all round the car click up and down continueasly for a good couple of min then they stop. would you have any suggestions?thank you

  314. Tim
    January 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi Peteypops

    From my experience a nicely running 2.5 or 2.8 tdi Pajero will normally give you at best 25mpg. That’s from listening to lots of other Pajero owners speaking about this in the last few years.
    30-35mpg is just not something I’ve ever seen proven, so I’d love to know how your mate does it!

  315. Tim
    January 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Hi Scott
    Do you have an alarm that might be affecting this?

  316. David Yeates
    January 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Just last week I had a problem with my 1993 SWB Pajero TDi starting and continuing to run. My garage said it was due to a corroded fuel pipe which was letting air in and diesel out. Before it was sorted the A/T Temp light came on briefly (while driving) and as it went out again I thought nothing more about it. Now tonight as I was driving to band practice the A/T Temp light came on and stayed on. I went back home am checking in here to find out what sort of problems I would have had if I continued to drive with the light on – presumably some damage to the auto transmission. Ill take it to the garage tomorrow but any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated

  317. Tim
    January 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Hi David
    Don’t drive it far with the A/T light on. Just get it to the garage and have them sort it out as soon as possible. Over heating can be catastrophic. Shouldn’t be anything to do with the fuel pipe issue.
    Good luck.

  318. David Yeates
    January 26, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    Hi Tim,
    Thanks for the prompt reply, that’s kind of what I thought. Great resource.
    Take care

  319. Naveen Goswami
    January 26, 2010 at 5:12 am #

    Dear TIM,

    i bought one used Pajero 2.8 ltr engine, its spedometer is showing 46000 km.

    My mechanic told me there is variation in compresstion in all four cylinders. out of four cylinder, two cylinders has got low compression. can you let me know what is the cause and what is the remedy.



  320. Tim
    January 26, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Hi Naveen

    Could be one of a few things, like head gasket, but I couldn’t say really. What did your mechanic say?

  321. mally
    January 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

    hi my name is mally i bought a 1992 pajero 2.5 td lwb last week in the uk and drove it to bulgaria where i live now the whole trip (3 days was bloody freezeing) the heater was not blowing any warm air at all so when i got back home to bulgaria i was looking for ideas on the net and found your site sounds like it is a common fault with the water valve or heater matrix i will let you know the outcome. your site has been a real help many thanks. mally (bulgaria)

  322. Tim
    January 27, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Hi Mally
    Wrong time of year to be driving for 3 days without heat! Anyway, good luck with it.

  323. James Murray
    January 30, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    Hi Tim,

    Just brought a Pajero 2.8 diesel SWB, love it, it’s done 219k Kms but still runs well although I’m having problems starting it in the mornings. It ticks over fine and eventually starts but takes at least 50 – 70 seconds and requires half choke and foot on the accelerator. Where would you start, Plugs, oil filter, air filter or somewhere else ?????
    Love your site by the way, very very helpful



  324. Tim
    January 30, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    Hi James

    I’d start with the glow plugs, especially if it’s cold where you are. Lot of information can be found here:

    Good luck with it.

  325. Dublin John
    February 1, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    I have just recently got a Pajero 1993 2.5 A/T Intercooled SWB. I have the battery light now showing and battery is not holding charge. I have bougt a new altenator belt and with to replace the old one which is very slack and to the limit. Is this a difficult job as it seems I have to remove many items to do this. Could you give any advice and if possible a few pics. Thank you.

  326. Tim
    February 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Hi John
    I’ve never done it myself, so it might be worth asking here:

    • neville
      October 25, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

      i have a 1996 pajero junior…the problem i have is that i recently changed my water pump and now the vehicle would not start

  327. Dublin John
    February 10, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Well Tim. Thanks for your advice and I carried out work myself. However having done that I have a slight annoying problem as follows. Charged both batteries which are New and during daytime driving I have no problems but when I turn on lights etc at night battery goes flat and unable to start. There is no lights for charge battery showing. Engine restarts no problem during day. Any ideas ????

  328. Thomas Dooley
    February 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    My darling beloved decided, I wasn’t busy enough and blew the head gasket on her 2.8td exceed, I am a mechanic, and when I stripped it down I found the head was cracked, which i believe is quite common. However, money later, on refitting I decided to refer to the haynes manual for torque setting for the head bolts. It describes initially torqueing all the bolts up uniformly to 100NM, backing all the way off, tightening to 50NM and tightening 90degrees all around in to increments twice. My problem was that none of the bolts that I got could take 100NM!!! Do you have anymore information, or were they duff bolts?? Many Thanks

  329. Tim
    February 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    Hmmm, not sure about that Thomas, last head gasket I did was on a Talbot Sunbeam!
    You’d better have a look here and ask the knowledgeable folks about it:

  330. andrew
    February 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    I have aa pajero junior 1.1, few probs with it but hopefully its getting sorted , just need a facia for my cd once i put cd player in, do u know where i can get facia from for it?
    thanks andrew

  331. Tim
    February 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Hi Andrew
    Lots of shops online do the facias and you could also check on eBay. Good luck with the Junior.

  332. jeff
    February 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    hey people, my mate has got the 2.8 intercooled turbo pajero , an it will only start if he puts a cable from the battery to a glowplug,and then loads black an grey smoke is it the glowplugs or just nackered
    thanks guys

    • burratorlady
      October 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

      Hi Jeff, I had to do exactly what you do with the wire from battery to glow plug, but in my case I put the wire from battery to the glow plug side of the relay. It turned out to be a faulty glow plug relay – the one that is connected to the battery + post on the battery nearest to the front. One from the scrappie fixed my problem

    • chris
      January 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

      i have no glow plug light on in the vehicle and i have to also put a wire from the battery to the glow plugs, it will then start all the time whilst it’s warm, have you any ideas what it might be?

  333. Denys
    February 17, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    Have just brough a 1993 swb Pajero 2.5 dieselturbo have no manual so am a bit in the dark as to all the facilities that the pajero has where can I get an owners manual Really happy with it

    Hope to hear your reply

    Denys ( pronounced Dennis)

  334. Tim
    February 17, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    Hi Denys

    Amazon UK certainly sell them and various Pajero owners clubs too. Not sure about your part of the world though. Just try Googling “Pajero Owners Manual”. Well worth having in my opinion.

    Good luck with the new Pajero :)

  335. ANDREW
    February 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm #


  336. liva
    February 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    hi … what is the yellow warning light ? its like the oil warning light but its not read its yellow .and ty

  337. Tim
    February 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    What does the picture on it look like?

  338. james
    February 21, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    altenator prob battery light came on so replaced the altenator still light was on the 100 amp fuse under bonnet blowing fixed it but altenator kicks out ok now but when u put lights on it the battery light comes on very faintly but disapears when i rev up and i noticed that the rev counter when i switch the ignition lights on it jumps up to 1.5 revs and stays there even when starded does not move

  339. liva
    February 22, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    hi again . its look like the oil warning light but its not red its orange or yellow and ty again

  340. liva
    February 23, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    is it the fuel filter ?

    February 24, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    My babe pajeri io 2000 of late consumes alot of oil and their is no leakage, what could be the problem?
    it also vibrates alot and looses power often.
    Am in Kenya.
    What can i do?

  342. Tim
    February 24, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Liva – Yes I’d say it was the fuel filter warning light from what you’ve described. Means there’s water in it.

  343. liva
    February 24, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    tyvm tim . but pls just tell me should i change it or cleane it ? i love your site ty again

  344. Tim
    February 25, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Well if it is the fuel filter warning light it means there’s water in the filter. At the bottom of the filter there’s a little tap that you can open to drain any excess water.
    Personally I’d change the filter though and check all the associated pipes and electrics.
    If you do all that and the light still shows you need to look into it further.

  345. liva
    February 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    thankyou verry much tim . i chaged the fuel filter and it works . thank you again :)

  346. liva
    February 27, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    hello tim how are you ? can i ask you if you have a list for all warning lights on pajero 98 ?

  347. liva
    February 27, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    hello tim how are you ? can i ask you if you have a list for all warning lights on pajero 93 ?

  348. Tim
    February 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Hi Liva
    My Pajero handbook goes up to 1996. You can get the Pajero handbook for yours from various places, including Amazon. That’ll tell you everything you need to know about the warning lights and many more things.

  349. James Murray
    February 28, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the advice (Jan 30th) re my glow plugs (changed and all fixed) so thanks.

    I have recently brought a rear roof spoiler to go on the 2.8 SWB 1994 Pajero. The spoiler comes without fittings (an e-bay purchase) do you have any advice about how to fit it without damaging the roof???

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance


  350. Tim
    February 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi James

    Glad you got it fixed.

    My Pajero had the roof spoiler fitted when I bought it, so I’ve absolutely no idea about fitting one I’m afraid. That’ll be an adventure!

    Good luck and let us know how you get on.

  351. liva
    March 1, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    ok ty tim:)

  352. Rhodah
    March 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Hi Tim,
    Waiting to hear the answer to Rhodah’s problem.

  353. Chris. thompson
    March 2, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    have a problem with speedo not working on 1996 2.8 TD LWB model. Gearbox speed sensor is ok, have been told it could be the kmh to mph converter, anybody had similar probs. thanks.

  354. Steve
    March 3, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    i have a question, can anybody tell me how to change the oil in a 1992 petrol pajero? what panels (if any) do i need to remove to get to the sump! thanks

  355. Robert
    March 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi guys,

    is it possible to replace my a/c belt on a Pajero 1994 2.8 TD Intercooler, or can I run safely without it.
    Ive already been told that it would save fuel to run without it..??Id be grateful for any info guys, thanks

  356. Robert
    March 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Oooops sorry guys I forgot to mention..can I change the a/c belt without removing the rad..??

  357. Robert
    March 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm #


    just make sure the fixings are secure, and that the spoiler is the real deal, some cheap spoilers have been known to come off, not good.

  358. March 6, 2010 at 3:45 am #

    I have a 1999 pajero Escape petrol V6 3500. When I turn the key to Accessories the headlights come on . Headlights only no park lights or any others.have you heard of this problem.Otherwise I cant fault this vehicle. A pleasure to drive

    Regards Fred

  359. Tim
    March 6, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    Hi Fred

    No I’m afraid I haven’t heard of that problem. Has it always been like that or just started?

  360. Robert
    March 6, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    Fred.I can only assume that you have a short circuit some were.1999 that comes under UK licences….Id love to help you, however.I would get an auto lecko check out your wiring loom

  361. Robert
    March 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    Fred I have been online and reesearched your problem….1. did you buy your Mitz in UK
    2….is it an import.
    Have you tried to modify any light systems on the,extra brake lights, spot lights.and so on

  362. Binosh
    March 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Hi everybody, ive just collected my 94k 1994(M) Pajero 2.8 TD auto LWB in blue and i love it! superb value for £1800, i went for the 2.8 for the chain driven engine.

    its bodywork is beautiful for its age. the interior is as clean as a brand new one and its engine sounds as sweet as a nut, it purrs like a new car!

    a couple of trivial issues for its age which i would love answering are why the headlight washer jets wont work (is it common?) and the digital compass display seems to just flick up and down between poles instead of pointing in any direction (it looks like a digital clock that needs setting)

    your comments and answers would be a great help,


  363. March 8, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    Tim The problem with the lights only started about 2 months ago.I bought it from a bloke who bought the car new and I am the second owner.The car is in unreal condition. I rang the first owner and he never had any problems with the lights.I talked to an auto electrician yesterday and he said maybe check the headlight relays one might be stuck on. If I find out what is wrong I will let you know in case anyone else has the same problem

    Regards Fred

  364. Tim
    March 8, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Thanks Fred, it would be great to know what the problem is.

  365. Tim
    March 8, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Hi Neil

    Sounds like you’ve found a beauty there!

    Haven’t got headlight washers myself, but I believe you need the headlights on first before they’ll work?
    After that, you could look to see if the pump is seized. This can be fixed with some lubricant.
    This might help with the compass –

  366. CHRIS
    March 9, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Firstly really good site, second could anyone tell me how hard a job it is to change the diesel fule pump on my 2.5 pajero ? or could you recomend a fitter in the suffolk essex area… pump has a leek and is makeing a mess it still runs really wellbut the front seal is leeking bad…………cheers Chris

  367. Tim
    March 9, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Thanks Chris!

    Never changed one myself so I wouldn’t know. Maybe someone else will be able to help or recommend a fitter near you.

    Good luck with it.

  368. March 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    hi,can you change main bearing shells on a 2.8 diesel engine without removing the engine?

  369. nic
    March 13, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    great site! i’ve learned a lot reading everyone’s comments.

    could anyone please tell me if a fuel consumption of 14 mpg is normal for a pajero 1991 2.5 diesel engine with automatic transmission?

    its seems a bit low, i was expecting somewhere between 18-20 mpg.

    anyone? thanks!

  370. smilermonkey
    March 13, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    hi there,
    just ouht my first pajero, 1991 swb/automatic/diesel. There’s no owners handbook and want to get one on ebay/amazon. might sound dumb, but can anyone tell me if it’s a Mk 1 or Mk 2? It is the new shape (import), but I don’t know if this makes it a Mark 2 – which are said to start from 92, or if the engine is completely different for different years.
    ta for your help.

  371. Oak Richardson
    March 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    Hi there,

    Just searching the web and came along this site. So i thought I may as well post about my Pajero. I brought a 1992 2.5td intercooler MK2 pajero about a month ago. It cost me £250, now, this sounds like there would be some serious problems with it, but no! The only problem with it is a flickering light, as it has been stood for 2 years (started first time though!). It has some all terrain tyres on, a new spare, and alot of body guards. There is no damage on the body! I have been considering MOTing it, but the appeal to turn it into a serious offroading machine has its appeals. The reason I came onto this site though, is that I was wondering if anyone new of any kits that could be used for a suspension lift?

  372. Tim
    March 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    Nic – You should be getting somewhere near 25mpg in a nicely running 2.5 Pajero and obviously lower than that if you thrash it everywhere.
    Lots of things to look at, but start off with a good all round service.

  373. Tim
    March 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    smilermonkey – Does yours look like the same shape as this: (Mk1)
    Or this: (Mk2)?

  374. Tim
    March 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    Oak – Do a Google Search for Old Man Emu and Ironman for Pajero for a start. There are other suspension lifts out there but these are popular.

  375. smilermonkey
    March 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

    Hi Tim, shape looks more like a Mk 2 (but no raised sporty bit in centre of the bonnet, as in your picture link).
    Guess it’s a 1991 Mark 2 then? Better get on ebay to find an owner’s manual. Thanks for your help.

  376. Oak Richardson
    March 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    cheers for the info, it looks like the second one.

  377. pete
    March 15, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    hi. i have a 1996 snow athlete and i am trying to find decals to replace the fading stickers. can anybody help with this matter regards pete

  378. nic
    March 15, 2010 at 4:56 am #

    25 mpg?! wow. that is envious. thank you, at least i know it isn’t normal and that my car has a problem that needs fixing.

    • Tim
      March 29, 2010 at 10:52 am #

      Good luck with it :)

    • nic
      April 2, 2010 at 4:04 am #

      hey Tim,

      just an update on the mpg, i had been having problems with a leak in the cooling system to so i had a hose and very black dirty air filter replaced and voila! a marked improvement from 14 to 17mpg. still far from the 25mpg you mentioned but i’m getting there

      also, i’m someone who also owns a paj said it maybe that i have a dirty transmission so i should have it “flushed”, i don’t know exactly what he means by that. but i’ll have it done soon. maybe he’s right coz i notice i have to floor my accelerator to 3300 rpm before it shifts to fourth gear.

      anyway, thanks, still a very good site you have.

    • Tim
      April 2, 2010 at 7:01 am #

      Great to see some improvement at least. If I were you I’d just get the car serviced totally.
      If your air filter was like that, what must the oil and fuel filters be like?

    • nic
      April 2, 2010 at 8:44 am #

      yes i did have it checked, engine oil was changed before asked my first query on your site. and then the air filter and cooling system. i have to do it piecemeal since we don’t have shops specializing in pajeros here.
      unfortunately, the mechanics i went to all agree that a 14mpg is normal for an automatic tranny. that’s why i started researching and you suggested otherwise and i believe you’re right so i’m off to prove the mechanics wrong. once i get at least 22 mpg then i can go correct their misconception. hopefully i can do that soon.

    • Tim
      April 2, 2010 at 8:53 am #

      Fuel filter next then? It’s just one of those things where you’ve got to keep trying the next thing and in the end you’ll have a really nice running car.

    • nic
      April 2, 2010 at 9:16 am #

      exactly. i also have a turbo cleaning lined up and then the ball joints, bushing and wheel alignment. and let me tell you, it’s all worth the trouble i have to go through tinkering with it and finding out what makes this machine tick or at least until i get that recommended 22-25 mpg

  379. Tim
    March 15, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Smilermonkey – if you don’t have the ‘powerhump’ in the bonnet you must have a 2.5 rather than a 2.8 with the hump.

  380. Tim
    March 15, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    Pete – Not sure if you’ll find original Snow Athlete stickers anywhere, but any local decal maker should run you up some very good copies. I’ve seen this done by a mate who has a machine and the results were very good.

  381. stella
    March 16, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    please tell me more about v6 single ac brand new Mitsubishi pajero

  382. Kevin Quinn
    March 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    Hi all took truck in for MOT today and this is what it failed on:


    Brake Failures: DBT service Brake Efficiency: 45%, DBT Park Break Efficiency: 5%

    Reason for refusal of a Test Certificate

    001 Offside stop lamp not working

    002 Parking break lever has no reserve travel

    003 Service break efficiency below requirements

    004 Parking break efficiency below requirements

    Truck History – 1989 LWB Pajero Exeed 3L

    Had rear break pads put on at MR clutch, they said te discs were gone front and back (back were far worse) so i got some (rear ones) at Milners for £30.00 each + Vat delivery.

    Friend put them on and said the callipers were seized and could not get pads in so he ground them down and put them back on. Not sure if he pushed the piston in fully as he was really struggling. I know this is counter productive but I did not want to leave the truck there.

    Before he put disks and pads on there was a sound coming fron offside rear breaks that stopped when breaks were applied slightly. that noise is still there. Also the break warning light comes on and stays on untill I’ve been driving around 20 mns then it goes out.

    I have been quoted £68.00 each for rear callipers and £52.00 to fit them. What would you guys suggest is the cheapest option for me? Doing it myself is not an option, not for breaks not taking any chances there.



    Does anyone have any recon or working callipers for sale for my model Pajero? Mine is the gold MK1 on this website.

  383. Oak Richardson
    March 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi again,

    Just curious, what is ment to be worth more, an automatic or a manual pajero?

    Oak Richardson

  384. Tim
    March 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    Hi Oak

    Manuals are much rarer than automatics, but it doesn’t make one worth more than the other from a money point of view. At least that’s been my experience of watching prices over the years.

  385. Maurice
    March 28, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    I have a 96 delica L400. It is a 3 liter 24 valve v6 petrol. Not technically a Pajero but close.

    When I put my foot on the brake the A/T light flashes. When I take it off it stops and the engine symbol flashes once then goes out.

    Any Ideas as to what it means before I take it to my Mitsi dealer?


  386. Geoff Valentine
    March 28, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    I am the owner of a 1.1 Automatic Petrol Pajero Junior, absolutely brilliant and good fun to drive.Just back on the road after a 7 month lay up. Just one problem, the front fog lamps are not working, I have checked them and they are ok, but cannot find the switch to control these, checked the wiring into the loom and this appears to be ok too! Anybody got any ideas please, or were I can get a manual/wiring diagram?

    • Tim
      March 29, 2010 at 10:54 am #

      Geoff, have you found any switch, maybe an after market added one that might be the one? If so, try turning the sidelights on first before you use it. My Pajero requires the sidelights to be on first before the fogs can be switched on.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    I have a ‘N’ (96) Shogun Pajero 2.8TD automatic, I have recently noticedd the passanger footwell is wet , water is leaking in from somewhere ,is there a common fault / area where rain water is leaking in from , can anyone help please.
    Where should I start looking and check.Thanks.

    • Tim
      April 1, 2010 at 7:21 am #

      Yes the footwell on the passenger side getting flooded is pretty common and can come from a few areas.
      Sunroof is one place to look, followed by the side mirror attached to the door. Also there’s a hole through the bulkhead to the engine on that side that may let water in, but that’d be fairly unusual.
      You should also check the seals around the windscreen for any corrosion.

  388. Geoff Valentine
    April 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    Thanks for the reply, I will definitely look for another switch ans also try it with the sidelights on.

    Just one further question, would there be a separate water supply bottle for the rear window washer/wipe please??

    • Tim
      April 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

      Depending on your model, the rear window wash bottle is in a panel in the back door or in a panel near the rear wheel arches.

  389. April 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Hi Tim, i’m sure somebody able to post similar questions before but i could not find the old thread. Can you please let me know what is causing the A/T indicator of my Pajero 4M40 engine blinking? Does it require ATF change or any other else? Thanks In Advance!

    • Tim
      April 3, 2010 at 7:20 am #

      Usually an ATF change will fix this, but it could also be caused by faulty connections. It’s quite common for the sensor cables to get knocked during MOT for instance. Personally I’d change the fluid first and see if that fixes it. At least you’ll have nice new fluid in it!

  390. Oak Richardson
    April 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm #


    The temperature readings on my car are constantly stuck at -27 inside and 7 inside? I was wondering if you had any idea of how to fix this?

    Oak Richardson

  391. cathy
    April 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    hi we have a 1993 2.8 pajero we replaced the fuel filter but it still stalls, it starts well then in seconds it stalls or trys to. after its running it runs and starts well, it ran well for the first few days after filter change.

    thanks cathy

  392. digga
    April 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Hi all,
    I have a k reg paj my second one, the fuel gauge works then it just goes straight to empty, even when we have just fuelled up! has anybody had this problem? does anyone know where gauge is on fuel tank to check? hope all this makes sense!
    thanks Digga

    • Tim
      April 20, 2010 at 7:13 am #

      Possibly a problem with the sender unit in the tank.
      Lift up your back seats (middle in LWB) and you should find a metal plate which can be opened, giving access to top of the tank.
      First just try cleaning the sender and see if that works. If not, try earthing it to test it still works – earth the yellow wire in the 3 pin plug. If this makes the gauge go up, it works, if not you’ll need a new one.

  393. digga
    April 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    Cheers tim al try that and let you know how i get on

  394. Jeffrey
    April 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    hi everybody,

    i’m from Hong Kong, i have a 2001 Pajero, it has a 3.5L GDI engine, now i think it’s time to do the oil change, but i really don’t know which oil is suitable for my MK3. Is 10w-40 fully-Sythetice the best for my car?……..please help!

    best regards

  395. Jeffrey
    April 24, 2010 at 4:13 am #

    Hi Tim
    thanks for the the website, it really helps a lot. I just did the oil change yesterday, the 5w40 works really good on my car!

  396. Steve
    May 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    hi I have recently bought a 1993 Pajero 2.8td automatic. How many gears should it have, I appear only to get to 3rd. Also my rev counter is intermittently working what could be the issue?

    ps new to the blog and it is great.

    • Rachel
      November 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

      again i had same problem a couple of years back so i think tim is right….i had an auto electrician fix the 3rd gear problem at a cost of £213 but he said the rev counter were a dash fault and the dash would need replacing which would be costly so i didnt bother, it works if i tap the top right hand corner when it goes off lol

  397. Tim
    May 23, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Hi Steve
    4 gears on yours. Have you got the overdrive button (on the gear shift) pressed in?
    Rev counter sounds like a loose connection. Has the speedo been converted to MPH? If so there’s a black box behind the clocks that was used to do the conversion – might be where the loose wire is.

    • Richard Yiend
      October 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

      Check the two temperature sender units above the injector pump. I had one here with the same problem. Someone had swapped the terminals around.

  398. salve
    May 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm #


  399. stevie
    May 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    Have a 1992 pejaro had problems with batteries draining overnight, electrician said back battery had dead cell and was draining front battery so he took the earth off and said charge the front one, it was ok for a day and half then we went a few yards dow the road and it just died cant shut window nothing

  400. mackem
    June 3, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    ive just bought a 1994 swb pajero,and have a few problems with it, the rear parcel shelf does not reach the rear seats even though they appear to be fully back,the shelf is still an inch short of clipping on to them.also its a 2.8 automatic but only seems to have 3 gears plus the overdrive,with the overdrive on at 70 mph its revving to 2.75 is this correct, the kickdown doesnt seem to be working either any ideas anyone,?

    • Joe
      June 9, 2010 at 10:12 am #


      Kickdown should be easy, search for Kickdown cable adjustment on POCUK. Its a simple cable that if it is too short or too tight will effect the kickdown.

      OD – When it comes in do you get a 250ish rpm drop or a 1000ish rpm drop?

      3 Gears is correct.

      Hope that helps

  401. June 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    i have a pejero 2.8 tdi long wheelbace the otherday there was a thud that came from the back end didnt think nothing of it nowwhen driving and it getswarmed up i loose power can u help???

  402. Mick
    June 12, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    I have a 2.8TD LWB can anyone tell me why I get black smoke coming out the exhaust when I start up and when I kick down the accelerator?

    Thanks Mick

  403. Barry
    June 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    Hello Tim

    I have a 1998 2.8 TDI. Just recently it has started running rough – almost as if the advance and retard is not working correctly.
    Do you perhaps know what might be the cause of the problem and what the fix would be.


    • Tim
      June 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

      Hi Barry

      Have you done any work on it lately and is it well serviced? Is it running rough all the time? Any smoke out the back and if so, what colour?

  404. Barry
    June 29, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    Hello Tim
    I have the vehicle regularly serviced (every 5000 km). On start-up there is some times a little white smoke and if I accelerate heavily while driving there is a small amount of black smoke. When I bring the vehicle to a stop it will (not always) idle roughly (between 800rpm and 1000rpm. As I mentioned, almost as if the advance and retard is not working correctly.

    • Tim
      June 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

      Hi Barry

      Could be several things and I don’t want to guess and cause you more trouble. Probably best if you ask the experts here:

      Hope you get it sorted.

  405. Carlos
    June 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    I have recently aquired a 98 Evo Pajero that has been crash damaged but my main issue is where to find the fuel cutoff switch, Ive been told its perhaps in the A frame or somewhere under the bonnet or even behind the radio or under the seat but still can’t find it. Apparently it is stated under the sun visor but its in Japanese, can anyone help me locate this please

    • Tim
      June 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

      Hi Carlos

      I haven’t a clue myself, so I asked Evo owner Tim Smith and he had two suggestions:

      1. Knock sensor (centre rear of engine compartment)
      shows as black wire and balck/white wire

      2. There is also a G senor that serves the ABS system in the centre dash.

      Hope this helps.

  406. Ste
    June 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    Hi all, i just bought my 1st pajero, a 1992 lwb 2.5td, loving it !! only problem is the compass isnt working.. just a blank screen, it did flash once or twice but nothing now.. ive unscrewed the covers and checked for loose wires but nothing,,, any help would be good,


    • Tim
      June 30, 2010 at 7:02 am #

      Hi Ste

      I believe that when the compass doesn’t even come on at all it’s due to knackered capacitors on the circuit board. Apparently these can be bought and replaced with the use of a soldering iron.
      I guess buying a second hand compass is an option, though you’d need to know it was working first as this is a fairly common problem.

  407. Carlos
    July 1, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    Thanks for your help Tim, I’ll check it out on Saturday and let you know how it goes :)

    • Tom
      September 25, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

      Hi everyone, I own a 1994 Pajero Exceed 2.8 lwb and I’m having problems with my heater/aircon system. Last week I had a flat battery with no apparent reason. Two days later the heating/aircon went dead. By dead, I mean that the there is no power to the front or rear control panels and no fan blower working at all. I found that one of the 15amp fuses in the fuse box in the engine compartment had blown which I replaced. This didn’t solve the problem, so I replaced the front control panel on the dash. No change. I then replaced the fan motor and impeller located behind the glove box. Still no change. Any opinions or suggestions would be much appreciated.

    • mr mallows
      April 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

      my mitsubishi shogun v6 3ltr n reg swb keeps overheating ,temp guage raises only whe I go up hills,but when I go down hills or on flat the temp falls down again. I filled up this morning and drove thirty miles stopped parked for the day jumped in it tonight and came home and checked the water ,it needed six pints in the radiator also the expansion tank was full.

  408. July 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    I have recently bought a 1994 Pajero 2.8 TD.
    The steering has become very stiff to operate at almost standstill speed and is also got very noisy. Any ideas would be appreciated.

  409. joel evangelista
    July 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    hi tim,
    my pajero 2.5 has factory body lift,but its not working at the moment,any idea about this problem,,, thanx tim

  410. con
    August 4, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    Hi Ron

    try changing the steering fluid. i did that and everything is perfect

    • August 8, 2010 at 9:24 am #

      changed the fluid just the same.

  411. Neal
    August 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Hi, i have a1994 v46 2.8lwb pajero that sometimes after heavy rain soaking wet front footwells. I have spent ages try to find the cause. i’ve renewed the outer door seals, tested for hours with hose pipe, checked sunroof drains and scuttle drains all to no avail. i’m no getting fed up, can you help????? 07812 190118, cheers Neal.

    • Tim
      August 24, 2010 at 6:47 am #

      Hi Neal
      Pretty common problem and often hard to find the source. Three more areas to look at:
      1. Top of windscreen – often gets corroded.
      2. Door mirror – there’s a route in for water if the seal’s gone, had this myself once.
      3. Have you also checked the back doors, including the boot? Water can still find its way to the front from these.
      Good luck.

  412. whelham j
    August 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm #


    i coming from Malaysia. A lot of pajero here. I had my 1992 diesel and auto 2.5 pajero…old one. Recently..i forgot to check my auto gear liquid shoud need a changes every 800000km …effect is the gear did not run in 4th gear…just rise until 3rd gear…what the matter….any solution to solve this problem..

  413. chris
    September 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    have a problem when i pull off the engine cuts out but if i leave it to warm up for 20mins its ok

    • Tim
      September 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

      Probably fuel pump seals Chris. Decent mechanic needed.

    • rob
      January 12, 2011 at 4:11 am #

      I have the same problem with my 94 J-Top 3.5 V6 Auto. Will see if this helps.

      Apologies, replied incorrectly on the post below.

  414. lee
    September 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    hi i have a pajero 2.8ltr which was working fine when it was driven to the mot it passed then on the way back it ran out of fuel ever since it ran out it kept cutting out after so we put more fuel in and fuel cleaner it now works but has no power until it gets up to 3000 revs it then has a little more power not a lot tho and if you do manage to get to 70 it fill the motorway with black smoke if i ease of the pedal it clears but then comes back as soon as the engine is under strain but if i go up hill it has no power at all even when your foot is flat down it will not speed up then on the flat it goes for it but the power is really up and down what could this be we have blanked the egr valve which made no effect any ideas we was told it was the fuel pump over fuelling but my mechanic who is working on it dont believe its that we are unsure what it could be as this only started when it ran out of fuel

    • rob
      January 12, 2011 at 4:07 am #

      I have the same problem with my 94 J-Top (auto) 3.5 V6. Will see if that advice helps.

  415. lee
    September 12, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    and forgot to mention is does not use any oil at all so we know it aint that

    • lee
      October 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

      how come no one replied :( !!!

    • Tim
      October 3, 2010 at 11:06 am #

      Hi Lee

      I’m no expert and only answer things I’m sure about. If nobody else answers there’s not much I can do I’m afraid :(

      I’d always advise checking out this site if you get no luck here:

    • Kris
      November 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

      Replace the fuel filter and u should be fine :)

  416. John Dobson
    September 21, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    Hi all, looking at purchasing my first pajero…any tips? Was also wondering what average mpg is as can’t seem to find stats anywhere…i’m looking at either 2.5 or 2.8 TD LWB models.

    many thanks

    • Tim
      September 21, 2010 at 10:21 am #

      Hi John

      25mpg at best on both the 2.5 and 2.8 is the general rule of thumb. If it’s not in good condition or you have a heavy right foot, it could be less. Under 20 is fairly common!

      Some decent buying advice here:

  417. Tom
    September 25, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Hi everyone, I own a 1994 Pajero Exceed 2.8 lwb and I’m having problems with my heater/aircon system. Last week I had a flat battery with no apparent reason. Two days later the heating/aircon went dead. By dead, I mean that the there is no power to the front or rear control panels and no fan blower working at all. I found that one of the 15amp fuses in the fuse box in the engine compartment had blown which I replaced. This didn’t solve the problem, so I replaced the front control panel on the dash. No change. I then replaced the fan motor and impeller located behind the glove box. Still no change. Any opinions or suggestions would be much appreciated.

  418. Rod
    September 27, 2010 at 4:11 am #

    Hi I seem to have a prob. with my Paj cooling
    system.1995,petrol,v6 nj series.Expansion tank
    keeps filling from rad. after driving for awhile.does not return to rad.after cooling down.Not over heating & head gasket ok. I have changed rad.cap

  419. liva
    September 30, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    hi all :)
    i have pajero 93 3.0
    the oil warning light start turning on and off after i use the machine for more than 15 mins .can you help pls

    • Tim
      September 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm #


      As long as the light is working correctly (not shorting out or anything) it means you have low oil pressure. This is different to having low oil level and I’d advise you get it to a mechanic quickly.

  420. Jose A.
    October 2, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    Hi there! I’m from Central America. I’ve had great Pajero/Montero
    history, my dad had a 1988 MK1 2.6 great truck, then a 1997 Galloper
    3.0 V6 both LWB now I just bought my own 6 month ago, its a 97 SWB
    2.5 non turbo(thats something I would like to change in the future) but I
    love it, it’s great!! It’s a plain model, but its blue like yours and I loove the way it looks with black rims, and everything, very simple and it’s just the best like that!!!

    I’m learning a lot in tour site! Hope to be here for a long time! I’m planning to keep my baby with me for several years, and hope to be in company of all you guys!!

    Great site! And pardon my english!!!

    • Tim
      October 2, 2010 at 6:55 am #

      Hi Jose
      Good to hear from you and don’t worry – your English is great!
      Good luck with your Mitsubishi.

  421. liva
    October 4, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    tim ty and hi again
    i took it for a mechanic and he said its a problem in the main bearing or in the crancksaft and he needs to open tthe engine and fixing it . i just want to be sure . and the oil pressure its good and i changed the oil and the oil filter i have oil 10\40 w syntatich .and ty again

  422. liva
    October 19, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    no comment ?

    • Tim
      October 19, 2010 at 9:45 am #

      I only comment on what I know about! Your mechanic should know what he’s doing.

  423. liva
    October 20, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    mmm ok tyvm tim

    October 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm #


  425. sunny
    October 25, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    i think what may have caused this problem. hi i have 1994 pajero exceed 2.8 turbo, i was looking at the engine,i saw little oil leak on the nut boilts of the turbo and one thin ruber line was off from one end and i putted it back on, about 1 min later i started to hear loud engine noise so i stoped and took the ruber line off from the turbo,and started back up it was normal but since then i started to see lots of smoke in the mornings thx for reading and for any help i can get.

  426. Mick
    October 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    i have just put 15 pound of petrol i my 2.8 pajero if i fill the tank with diesel will it be ok?

    • Tim
      October 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

      The general rule is if you’ve filled less than 10% of your tank with petrol and then you top it up with diesel, you’ll be OK. So it depends how many litres your £15 gave you.

      If in doubt, drain it!

  427. sunny
    October 26, 2010 at 1:52 am #

    hi guys can anyone help me stop the morning smoke show on my 1994 exceed 2.8 turbo plz?

  428. mick
    October 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    thnks Tim i drained it and re fueled with diesel fine now i was lucky i realised i had put petrol i did not drive it

    • Tim
      October 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

      Glad to hear it Mick :)

    • Rachel
      November 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

      i put £20 petrol in my diesel once b4 i realised, filled it up with diesel and it run fine after id filled it to the brim with diesel :)

  429. sunny
    November 1, 2010 at 4:11 am #

    hi guys, i got all the glow plugs changed and the temperature switch for the glow plus,that fixed the morning starting problem.

    • Tim
      November 1, 2010 at 7:54 am #

      Thanks for letting us know, it might help someone.

  430. KIRK
    November 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm #


    • Tim
      November 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

      Have you done any work on it like changing the fuel filter? You could try pumping the fuel filter housing until (hopefully) no air comes out.
      Obviously you’ve got to find where the air’s getting in.

  431. KIRK
    November 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    engen runs then air bubels come out return pipe ok to sit ideling but if u rev air bubbles fly out

  432. KIRK
    November 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    changed fiel in pipe tank to filter replaced filter housing with landrover housing and filter got al the air out runs for 30 mins ok did notice that when u switch off fuel drops about 7 inches from filter to fuel in pipe could it be return switch or pump seals i hear thes things can cause this sort off simptomes

  433. toto
    November 6, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    hi, i bought japan pajero 6 mons ago, one day while i am in normal driving condition, the engine suddenly stop, thanks
    God my speed is on 20 KPH, but when i start it start again and run, what do you think the reason why the car stall?

  434. Raheel
    November 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    Hi Tim,
    Can you please help me solve this problem. I have a 1996 Mitsubishi 2.8 td . Three lights came up one day 1. fuel filter, 2.Battery and 3. A/T and it stays on . I looked around forums etc it appeared that it was the alternator. The car stopped Starting after few days when the battery went flat. so i went ahead and bought a second hand alternator and got the battery charged from a local garage. mechanic changed the alternator but the three lights are still on. Mechanic said it will go off after few miles as your battery will start charging. but i have a feeling that it might die again.. it may be a case of second hand alternator being dead aswell or may be its something else?

  435. stutheitguy
    November 11, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Regarding earthing the sender – I’m not clear what’s meant by that… My fuel gauge is on zero and has been so since I bought the truck last weekend, I’ve just been filling her up and zeroing the odo, inspecting the sender is a job I’m going to have a go at this saturday. I was told that there can be dodgy connections on the top of the sender so I was going to check those – but as for earting the sender wire to check if the gauge is goosed – that is new to me, can someone tell me in more specific detail what is meant by earting it?


    Stutheitguy (pocuk)

  436. KIRK
    November 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    whare can i buy return fule cutoff switch

  437. Pål Tvete
    November 15, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Hello Tim, I read the fuel filter service description, really instructive! I just bought a 2000 Pajero, 3,2. I don’t know whether the filter has been changed. The car runs ok, so maybe I shouldn’t touch it?
    One question: How many km will the generator fan belt run until it should be replaced?
    Pål Tvete, Hamar, Norway

    • Tim
      November 15, 2010 at 10:48 am #

      Hi Pål
      Personally I’d change the oil + filter, fuel filter and air filter on any car I bought. At least you then have a good starting point for your new car. Who knows how long it is since they have been changed?
      Not sure about your belt. Try phoning your local Mitsubishi dealer. It’s model dependent.
      Good luck with your new Pajero :)

  438. james
    November 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    hi people ive got a 1995 pajero its only doen 80000 miles and spent lots of time and mony on it but one fault when i put the ignition lights on the rev counter jumps up to 1 1/2 thousand revs doing my head in took clock of looks like new all conections fine and clean so where abouts on the fuel pump is the sensor someone please help

  439. Vish
    November 29, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    Hi I have a Pajero of 1993 N it’s just the one of 1996. My speedometer is not working N also I don’t know when the engine is too heated as its meter too is not working!!
    any idea about it??

  440. Vish
    November 29, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Hi I have a pajero of 1993 N it’s just like the one of 1996. Its speedometer is not working N also I don’t know when the engine get too hot as its temperature meter is not working too!!
    any idea about it??

  441. Alan
    December 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    Hi I have a Pajero 1991 LWB 2.5 i have a leak on the cooling system. it is coming from the metal pipe that runs round the back of the engine, it then bends and T’s off to the small rubber hose that goes to the matrix heater pipe. I need to know where the metal pipe runs to round the back of the engine and how hard it is to replace the metal pipe. please email me how to replace the metal pipe.

  442. peter taylor
    December 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    mark 1 2.5 diesel turbo intercooler.anti freeze in,no obvious problems,temp gauge didnt rise at all,loud noise & smoke from near injector & runs very rough.any ideas as to problem.

  443. chris
    December 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    hi,i have a 1989 jap import pajero exceed.problem is i have a hole in the side of my engine block where a plug or cap has been,which since coming out has left me with no coolent.its situated at the same side as the fuel filter,just under the heater matrix hose,if poss could anyone help me with naming this cap or plug as i will needreplace it and dont know what il be asking for and if poss a reason why this could have came out and how do i fit it back in,any help would be great,thanks chris

    • stevie day
      January 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      Hi, its called a core plug. hope this helps.

  444. Derek
    December 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    Where bouts is cruise control switch on 95 pajero 2.8td exceed please?

  445. Pammella Boyle
    December 17, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    My 1993 mitsi pajero will not start when hot, it will just click (battery is fine) just wondering if you have any idea, ps starts perfectly fine when cold.

    • ste hes
      September 17, 2011 at 1:12 am #

      hi did you solve the problem with hot starting mine is doing the same

  446. simon
    December 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    hi tim , my temp gauge only goes up to quarter at most , i wonder if you could tell me where the sender is for it, is a 2.5 paj exceed 93 model

  447. Boutros (Qatar)
    December 21, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    hi all,
    i have a problem with my pajero and the mitsubishi company gave up, maybe you can help me to solve it.
    i have pajero 3.8, 2004 model, 320,000KM till now. (no problems with automatic gear nor with the 4wd gear) when i use the trip-tronic gear and reach 3000 or 4000 RPM and i remove my leg from the acceleration pad and directly put it again, it will not takes any acceleration unless keep pressing for 2 or 3 second and then it takes the full power like a crazy. i changed last week the electronic parts for the acceleration pad and they try in the mitsubishi inspecting everything but they haven’t got any reason for that.
    any help??

  448. alex
    December 26, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    hi i have a mitsubishi pajero 1991,a couple of weeks ago i had to get recovery out to jump start it,i now have a new battery and 1 that is 18 months old on it but for some reason they still keep going flat,the alternator was checked by the recovery and was found to be working ok,any idea’s as to what may be wrong.

    • Pete
      January 11, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

      changing just one of two batteries will not solve as the bad battery is draining the new one, its expensive i know, but when it comes time to change batteries, get both.

  449. alex
    December 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    oh and not sure wether this is linked but the hazard lights have started to flash for a couple of seconds when i start the car.

  450. TAHA
    January 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Hi every body’
    I am getting my Pajero Evolution in this week and I like you to help with it
    its 3500 CC 24 VALVE 250 Hp 7 SEATS

  451. Dolphc304
    January 5, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi everyone, I have a J plate Pajero, and have recently had to change the big battery. I have found that recently the car battery is drained, however I have also not left anything on by mistake.
    I noticed that if I swtich the lights on while driving the interior lights become very dim and I can almost not see the lights outside or read the clock. So I a thinking could it be the ights that are draining the battery? I drove from Perth to Glasgow tonight and when I stopped at the gargae to get water, the car would not start. However, If i had done the amount of mile during day light it woul dhave started fine.

    Just before christmas it was very foggy and my husband asked me to put on the fog lights, and low and behold the car would then not start without jump leads. Any ideas? I had have new belts recently and checked the starter motor and had a new bolt replaced there. Any ideas?

  452. Kevin Murray
    January 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Hi there, I have a 1995 LWB 2.8 turbo diesel Pajero. I love it! had it a year now, few problems with it but as I was changing my alternator today, I noticed that the crankshaft pulley is moving about something bad. Very very loose as if bolt has fallen off. Not had time to look to see extent of problem as it looks as if lots need to off to have a proper look. Can anyone tell me if this is a common problem? Have been looking and seems that the woodruff key could be missing as well as the bolt and hope that it hasn’t done more damage, ie to the timing chain/sprocket. 1.What is worse case senario?, 2.What do I need to remove to gain access to check what has exactly gone wrong?, 3. If bolt and key are missing is there any likely damage that can have a quick and lasting fix to replace new bolt if key slot or threads are damaged? Any other suggestions welcomed. Would hate to think its going to cost a bomb which would force me possibly to get rid of the jeep I have grown to love.

  453. Julie Davies
    January 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi I have a 1992 (J) 2.5 LWB Pajero Exceed Import. It has been fantastic. Took it for an MOT on Thursday, it failed. Luckily I work at a garage but not a Mitsi garage. It failed on a fuel leak, from near the injectors. After having a blast with the steam it seams I need to replace the pipe from the fuel filter to the fuel pump and the return pipe from the injectors to the fuel pump. VW are too dear (even with staff rates) They couldn’t tell me what size pipe I need. The local car spares shop sold me 51/6 on reading many articles I am now not sure this is the right size.
    Do you know what size it should be and what is the best way to go about replacing the pipes.
    ANy suggestions greatly appreciated.

  454. rob
    January 12, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    Hi all

    I have a 1995 Pajero J-Top. can anyone tell me where I can purchase / order a soft top replacement? While I really only need the back roof, I understand it only comes as a full kit.

    I’m in Australia but obviously will order from anywhere online.

    Thanks for the help (I hope).

    • Tim
      January 12, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      Hi Rob

      Unless you can find a good used one (eBay?) I believe the only way to go is to have one made.

      There are quite a few companies around who will make a soft top replacement to a very high standard.

  455. Larry H
    January 19, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    I live in Okinawa, Japan and I have a 1992 Pajero that has an in-dash temperature disply that won’t display outside temperature. Any tips on how to reset it? I have no Manual (‘Can’t read or write Japanese). Thank you for your help!

    • Tim
      January 19, 2011 at 7:54 am #

      Hi Larry
      Do you get any reading at all? If not the fault is possibly a bad connection behind the display itself. You’ll need to remove it and clean up the contacts as a first step.
      If it does display OK but the temp is wrong, this is often a problem with the sensor which is located in the front bumper. Check to see if it’s been damaged or simply needs cleaning.
      BTW, English manuals are available, for instance from UK Amazon.

  456. Larry H
    January 20, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    Thank you, Tim! I’ll look into it this weekend and let you know!

    Larry H

  457. jon
    January 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    i have an misubishi pajero and it doesnt stars,when i put gasoline in the intake it starts for a moment and then it takes off and it wont start no more untill a put gas in the intake,timing is good,sparkling is good and the getting fuel is also good

  458. Andy
    January 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Hi, both batteries on my 1994 paj 2.8D LWB keep dying after a couple of days on the drive with nothing switched on.
    Also, can anyone tell me why there are 2 batteries fitted, and why are they different sizes?

  459. David Ede
    January 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Like the site.Very informative. May I ask a question. Have just purchased a 1997 Pajero2.8 diesel TDi Auto.How are the rear cluster lights supposed to work? I have running lights showing on all four of the top and bottom red plastic sections, indicators and reversing in the middle white plastic areas and faulty brake lights showing 1 top left red section and one bottom right! How do they really work please?