The Most Commonly Requested Spare Parts for Mitsubishi TrucksMay 19, 2018
Japanese trucks are among the most popular brands on the road, but it can still be difficult to source genuine spares. Your best source remains older vehicles, because you can salvage them and harvest their components. However, this assumes the truck had its original parts when it was written off, so while you might get a good price for them, there’s still a chance you’ll end up with counterfeits. You’re better off buying from a verified aftermarket dealer.
As you look through their stocks for Mitsubishi truck spares, ask about aftermarket brands with a good reputation like ProVia, Wabco, or Hengst. These companies actually manufacture the components that come in your original truck, but they are labelled as aftermarket parts because they were not manufactured by the car brand. Rather, they were outsourced to trusted experts.
Bulk buying for better pricing
Because these aftermarket manufacturers produce these specific spares in bulk, they can directly sell them to aftermarket distributors, and many form partnerships that help customers get better value for money. Double-check your aftermarket supplier to see if they are formally recommended by your truck brand.
Look into their distribution chain too. The more outlets they have, and the wider spread their shops are, the more likely they’re a legitimate business that deals in genuine spares. Now let’s see the most popular truck spare spares in Sydney and beyond.
This is probably the one vehicle spare that everyone knows about, even non-drivers, because the term gets thrown around so often. We may even have an inkling what it looks like, but that’s about it. Basically, the spark plug causes a … spark … that ignites your fuel and gets your car moving, so it’s a pretty high rotation car part – you engage it every time you turn your car keys.
Ideally, you should check your spark plugs every 50,000km, just to be safe. Brands that claim ‘extended lifespans’ can often go up to 150,000km before they need replacing, but since truck routes are often quite long, your Mitsubishi is likely to go through quite a few in its lifetime. Just be sure to get good quality. You don’t want your truck to stall needlessly.
If you drive an automatic car, you’re probably not sure what a clutch is, so if you’re familiar with that pedal then you know it’s the heart of your truck. Seasoned drivers balance their vehicles – even their heavy vehicles – using the clutch and the accelerator, putting less emphasis on the brakes. This means clutch pads are in heavy use.
Fortunately, clutch servos make balancing your truck far easier through pneumatics and hydraulics. They allow you to shift the heaviest Mitsubishi with a feather-light touch. And since servos are much cheaper than clutch pedals, as well as being easier to mount, they’re a good go-between. You’ll replace them more often than the clutch pedal itself, which will need looking into after about 80,000km.
Your brake pads are arguably the most important part of any Mitsubishi, as well as the most frequently used. Like your clutch pedal, brake pads can go about 80,000km before they need replacement. Air brakes are gaining popularity, because they can be serviced and replaced in a fraction of the time needed for brake drums.
Air discs are tailored to fit wheel size, from 17 inches to 22 inches, so be sure to get the right specs. There are also air disc brakes customised for trailers. Air discs improve stopping distance by up to 10%, offer 95% better braking efficiency, and are lauded for their significantly lower weight and improved performance when compared to drum brakes.
You might not have thought if it this way, but when you’re driving a Mitsubishi trailer, it’s like driving multiple trucks using the same steering wheel. Each trailer has its own tyres and axles, so even though they’re all powered by the driver, they sometimes move at different speeds, and their load isn’t always synchronised.
Electronic speed sensors help the driver to monitor and adjust the trailers, while levelling valves maintain the balance of each trailer. They are pneumatic devices, and because they are constantly jostled and bumped as the truck moves along, they do need replacement. After all, their job is to absorb the shock from the road, so they experience a lot of wear and tear. Whichever parts you’re looking to replace, just be sure to buy from someone you can trust.