Tony emailed me to share his experiences of Pajero ownership a while back. He’s been kind enough to let me publish it here.
Possibly the biggest problem us Pajero owners have at this time of year is cold starting, so it’s interesting to hear what Tony’s done to try and fix this.
Rather than edit, I’ll let Tony tell you all about his Pajero in his own words:
“Our youngest son Rob had a gardening business and we obtained a Brava twin cab which did the job very well, anyway, he found a job with the local agricultural society showground and no longer needed the capacity, a mate of his who managed a car supermarket site came home in a Paj 2.8 swb which was a bit flash compared to his Brava so he was sold!! Basically he had taken it in part ex and needed to get rid of it!
So, welcome to the world of automatics, climate control, adjustable suspension and overdrives etc. What a piece of kit and all for 2.5 grand.The original tool kit had never been used and everything was “as new”, of course we have since learned that many of these “grey” imports come into the UK like this over 10 years old and no rust! amazing! Meanwhile I had started to fancy this set of wheels despite the fact that it only has 3 doors and isn’t exactly the most fuel and space efficient thing around.
So, next the problems, as soon as the weather cooled down it became reluctant to start so we threw ourselves at the mercy of the local diesel specialist who tested the glow plugs and found that only one was working, a new set solved the problem, at about this time Rob found a job working for the M5 Motorway contractors working 05.00 to 13.00 or 13.00 to 21.00hrs which meant starting up at some unsocial hours, needless to say it was in summer last year so no problem – yet! When the cooler weather started it became difficult to start again so I did a few tests and it was obvious that the glow plugs were not working, the solenoid between the batteries was not kicking in so I made up a temporary fix which was a short length of jump lead with a couple of croc clips, just connect both terminals on the solenoid having downed the drivers window, walk round and instant start!! then disconnect the lead and off he goes without causing too much noise at 04.30 in the morning.
Now we are into increased fuel costs so Rob now needs to improve on 21mpg since his commute is 17 miles to the motorway services each way. The only alternative is for him to buy a more economical set of wheels. After much research he decided on a 2.2 Astra Sri which leaves him needing to dispose of the Paj. Needless to say Dad steps in and makes him a bid he can’t refuse. He reckons the Astra saves him £150 a month on fuel!
Now I have had the Paj for 6 months and I love it, Immediately the thing is reluctant to start so I decided to bite the bullet and buy a new solenoid, down to the local Mitsubishi dealer, he says sit down on one of the courtesy seats and I’ll tell you the price, £96, so I lie down until the feeling passes and, kind soul, he tells me how to repair the old solenoid. Take it apart gently, don’t pull on the leads and wrap a bit of emery tape round a small screwdriver to clean the copper contact bar. It worked! and now it was starting instantly again. After a few months starting got less reliable, same problem, so I talked to another auto electrician and diesel specialist, yes, he can get me a solenoid but they cost the earth so why not use a GR19 relay? I says what about the capacity? 100amp plus he says, are you sure I says then he says at £15 it’s worth a try and nobody has come back since I started suggesting it! Well, we got the relay, he charged me £12 cash, it has two large connections and two small spade terminals I connected it all up, one of the spade terminals to earth and now I have instant starting from cold. I honestly don’t know how long it’s going to last but at £12 it can’t be bad even if it doesn’t last indefinitely.”
Tony tells me these relays are available from any good auto electrical supplier. The one he uses is Droitwich Auto Electrics on 01905-778814. Can’t guarantee they will be able to do one for the cost shown above or post it, but might be worth a try if you can’t find one local.
Tony got back to me with an update on the cold starting after he’d been away on holiday:
“This morning it was covered in frost and started the instant the glow plug light went out, since I fitted the relay it has always started instantly, Rob my son, started it on Friday for the first time since it was parked up for a few weeks and said it started instantly. Last winter he owned it and had lots of starting issues caused by glow plugs not functioning.
It looks as though we have cracked the problem at a realistic price! however it remains to be seen how long the relay lasts.”
So I’ve asked Tony to keep us informed about his relay trick. Although it won’t fix everyone’s starting issues, it’s an interesting one to keep an eye on.
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Thanks again Tony!
The working Pajero!
If you’ve got problems starting a cold Pajero, you might also be interested in this post I did some time ago – Pajero Cold Starting