MOT time again


The dreaded MOT time again!

Another easy pass for the Evo come MOT time, the third in my ownership. All that was needed were two antirollbar bushes at £14 each – not bad for Mitsubishi! Apparently fitting was easier said than done however as the subframe needed to be dropped down to fit them. I also managed to secure a set of used shocks with Eibach springs that looked in excellent condition for £250 from the MLR. I got these fitted by the garage at the same time. This has cured the knocking from the front nearside that has steadily been getting worse over time.

The driver’s window is now finally fixed (for good hopefully!) and I can use a McDonald’s drivethrough without opening the door and getting out like a weirdo! A second hand regulator to the rescue.

The car was handling better with the new suspension, however there was was clearly a problem with the steering as turning right loaded the steering so it was heavy then went light again while turning left the steering was very light. You couldn’t have any confidence in the handling due to the varying resistance. I assumed it was something to do with the new suspension from running various camber, toe and castor after fitting. So the car is in for 4 wheel alignment and I’ll report on the findings when she’s back


Service and fixing some niggles

With the AYC fluid due a replacement, I dropped the car off to have all the diff oils checked, the mudflap refitted, the non operative drivers window and the knocking noise from the front left investigated.

The window issue was put down to the regulator, strange since this was supposed to have been replaced last year with an Evo 8 model although I’m beginning to lose faith in the work done by that particular “specialist.”

The AYC, rear diff, transfer box and gearbox oils were all changed to fresh fluids.

It was nice to have another comment from the mechanic about how nice this example drove compared to an Evo 7 he was working on recently.

While the car was in the garage I asked them to diagnose a knocking noise, present on low speed bumps from the front left corner. The knocking was put down to the strut and/or top mount. Since the top mount was supposed to have been replaced last year, I’ll be surprised if its that. So I’m on the lookout for a replacement strut on the MLR forum and eBay. I’d love a set of coilovers all round, but that will have to wait for finances to allow it.