Manual Lock up torque converter for mitsubishi delica auto

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Would any member know of a way that we can adapt a manual lock up torque converter to the 4 speed automatic transmission on our Mitsubishi Delica Series II to assist with downhill descent Thank you
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Reply By: PajDIDauto - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 11:01

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 11:01
Hi Glenis & Rod, if you're unable to find a manual torque converter lock-up then it is possible to achieve this effect through a technique called "driving through the brakes". Best to learn it through a 4WD driving instructor, but it entails using your left foot on the brake and your right foot on the accelerator as you decend. It's very effective, although on long decents it's worth stopping regularly to let the brakes cool. We have an auto Pajero and have found that it's all we needed throughout the steep High Country tracks.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 11:08

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 11:08
Dont know about the Delica but in NZ in the 90's we had endless trouble with

Mitsubishi autos, mainly with the lockup on them. They would hunt up and down all the time.

The way the Auto guy I went to fixed it,was to take the pan off and disable a solenoid (I think) to stop it working.

Did the trick as all they used to do was pop in and out without ever staying one way or the other.

May not help you as I think it disabled the lock up.

Certainly made it better for our needs.

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Reply By: Fab72 - Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 17:24

Monday, Feb 07, 2011 at 17:24
Hello Glenis and Rod,
Although I don't have the exact details of how it was done, in answer to your question, YES, it can be done.

A very good friend of mine did just that. He had a Delica which he used for towing a heavy trailer frequently. Because of the weight, he'd only travel at 90-95kmph. Not fast enough to achieve torque converter lock up yet fast enough to give the brakes a work out on descent.

Nevertheless (he's a smart guy but not an auto electrician/mechanic or the like) he adapted a manual switch which would force the torque convertor to lock up in any gear as soon as the switch was flicked and had a tell-tale light to act as a reminder that it was in manual over-ride.

Rather than try to guess how he did it, I'd suggest dropping him an email with the subject heading of "Delica Torque Converter lock up recommended by Fab" so he doesn't dismiss it as junk or spam email. I'll send him a msg telling him to expect an email from you. Just say you're a friend of mine. ;)

Email is
Name is Michael.

Good luck.
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Reply By: G.T. - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2011 at 17:39

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2011 at 17:39
Have a look at the following posts :-
43638, 43627, 26261, 23246. Not specific to your Delica but may get you onto the track for what you want. Regards G.T.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2011 at 17:49

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2011 at 17:49
There is also a Delica specific forum

Probably a Google will find it.

May be a help

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