Mitsubishi FTO – Transmission | SMC

23 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Mitsubishi FTO – Transmission | SMC

Mitsubishi FTO

– Transmission

The wheel drive Mitsubishi FTO has two transmission options – 5 manual or automatic which often referred to as tiptronic.


The 5 speed manual transmission on the FTO is quite conventional. The gearchange is operated and has the typical Japanese dog leg gear. There is a hydraulically diaphragm clutch operated separate front bulkhead cylinder and a bell mounted slave cylinder.

Manual transmission fluid be SAE75w-85w GL4 or higher.

The 5 speed gearbox is pretty reliable no obvious weaknesses. Second synchro can become troublesome on mileage units, as can wear in the motion shaft bearings. We come across the odd problem selecting or jumping out of reverse both problems will removal and strip down.

The cable operated gearchange and mounting bracket can cause problems, leading to selection problems, but the fix is normally easy, even if the dealer are a bit pricey.

Tiptronic transmission

As a result of the of the Japanese public for automatic even on sports coupes as the FTO, we estimate that 10% of FTO production was the 5 speed manual

With a cable operated the electronically controlled INVECS 11 tiptronic option up until 1997 has 4 later models have 5 speeds. control is, in most cases, via a transmission ECU mounted on the ‘transmission directly beneath heater assembly, some later models do have a engine and transmission ECU.

 The tiptronic gearbox as a conventional automatic but with the of a driver selectable manual change option. On all models the transmission fluid is via a small heat exchanger incorporated into the of the front mounted water radiator.

Considering its complexity and age, the transmission is fairly reliable. The problem for owners is that if does develop a fault, are precious few specialists in the UK to carry out a diagnosis and if required, tackle the repairs. In to the labour aspect, the costs of OE are very high and replacement a known good used is normally the most cost route.

The correct grade of transmission for the tiptronic gearbox is dexron 3 and a fluid change, along the external filter, every 3 or 36,000 miles.

Limited Slip Differentials

slip differential (LSD) fitted as original equipment Car of the Year (COTY) limited GPX circa 1995, and the later

From our experience a very small of other FTOs are equipped with an we assume either as an OE when new or from subsequently fitted aftermarket

5 speed manual gearboxes a fitted limited slip require a special gear oil for operation. Using the incorrect oil can in increase snatch and transmission noise, and may to premature diff failure. oil companies offer a lubricant for LSD applications.

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