Mitsubishi Outlander Won’t Turn Off—Why And What To Do?

Do you have a new Mitsubishi Outlander, and do you want to know how to turn the engine off? You’ve come to the right place, for we have researched this question, and we have the answer for you.

Stop safely and shift the Outlander into "Park(P)." Ensure that the key fob is within range. Press and hold the start button of your Mitsubishi Outlander for a few seconds. You will receive a message on the instrument panel saying “Engine Stalled, Stop Safely,” indicating that the engine is no longer running.

Let’s talk more about how to turn off the engine of your Mitsubishi Outlander in the succeeding sections. Learn another way to turn off the engine at any speed below.

Read on!

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The Fourth-Generation Outlander

The fourth-generation Outlander has the new PR25DD 2.5-liter gasoline engine—the same engine in Nissan Rogue. It can produce 181 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 181 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. It uses a CVT transmission and an FWD drivetrain.

Many of its interior components are the same as the Nissan Rogue.

The fourth-generation Mitsubishi Outlander is the only Mitsubishi vehicle that uses the modular architecture platform. Nissan and Renault jointly developed the platform through the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance partnership.

How to turn off the engine of the Mitsubishi Outlander?

Motor car Mitsubishi Outlander at the countryside.

The fourth generation of Mitsubishi Outlander features a " target="_blank" rel="noopener">keyless ignition. Keyless ignition or keyless start allows you to start the engine of your Mitsubishi Outlander by pressing a button close to the right side of your steering wheel.

Keep in mind that there are two conditions for this button to work. First, your key fob must be within two feet of your Outlander. Second, your foot must be pressing on the brake pedal.

Once the engine starts, there will be a green light on the button that indicates that you were successful in turning on the engine. Moreover, the instrument cluster display will change to reflect that the engine is running.

The same button that allows you to start the engine without a key will also turn off your Outlander.

Similarly, you must satisfy a couple of conditions before turning off the engine via the start button.

  1. First, you must have the key fob within the same range.
  2. Next, your transmission must be set to “Park(P)” for the button to work.

Once you satisfy these conditions, pressing the button will turn off the engine. There will be a change in the instrument cluster to reflect that the engine is no longer running.

If your Mitsubishi Outlander’s engine will not turn off, make sure that you satisfy all the conditions for turning off the engine. Forgetting to set the transmission to the “Park(P)” position is a common mistake, and this can prevent your Outlander’s engine from turning off.

How to use the emergency engine shut off in Mitsubishi Outlander?

Mitsubishi Outlander, Car dashboard: black engine start stop button, car interior details. Soft focus

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander features an emergency engine shut-off.

Using the emergency engine shut-off can be done at any speed. Once the engine stops, important systems like power steering and braking will still work so that you can maneuver your Mitsubishi Outlander into a safe location.

The first way to activate the emergency shut-off of the engine of your Outlander is what we provided above. If that doesn’t work, try the second method.

Press the start button three times within a second and a half. You will then receive the same “Engine Stalled, Stop Safely” message. You will also notice that the transmission will change from “Drive(D)” to “Neutral(N)” in the instrumentation cluster.

A second message will appear once your Outlander drops to a very low speed. It will remind you to apply the parking brakes after stopping your Outlander.

See the emergency shut-off process in action: 

How to turn off the engine on a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?

The Outlander " target="_blank" rel="noopener">PHEV is the hybrid brother of the standard Outlander. PHEV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

The PHEV variant of the Outlander was introduced with the release of the third generation. Its lithium-ion batteries have an all-electric range of 32 miles at a speed of 75 mph.

Starting and stopping the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the same as the gasoline Mitsubishi Outlander. Only the interface will be different between the two versions.

What to do when Mitsubishi Outlander doesn’t turn off?

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If you can turn off the engine using the emergency method, but cannot turn it off using the standard method, verify that the transmission is at “Park(P).” You should see a “P” on the instrument cluster. This tells you that your Outlander is now in park.

However, if you have your Outlander in park, yet you still cannot turn off the engine, then there could be a problem with the transmission switch. The transmission switch lets you change the setting of the transmission.

Bring your Outlander to a transmission specialist to check the switch. In some cases, the mechanic can adjust the cable that goes to the transmission to fix the issue.

Faulty Ignition Switch

Another possible issue is the ignition switch.

If the problem is intermittent and even the emergency method for turning off the engine has the same intermittent problem, then your Outlander could have a faulty ignition switch.

Bring your Outlander to a mechanic to check the ignition switch, including the electrical circuits that provide power to the engine.

Radiator Fan

The radiator fan or the cooling fan is responsible for pulling air through the fins of your radiator. It improves the flow of air and improves the radiator's ability to cool your engine. It is important for situations where the Outlander is not running fast enough to push air through the radiator.

When your engine turns off, it is normal for the radiator fan to keep running for a few seconds. The engine may turn off when you turn it off from the start button, and the sound that you’re hearing is coming from the radiator fan and not the engine.

This is the likely situation if you hear the engine running for a few seconds and then eventually turning off after you press the start button to turn it off.

You can verify that this is the case by following the steps below.

  1. Park your Mitsubishi Outlander on level ground. Leave the engine running.
  2. Activate the parking brakes.
  3. Open the Outlander's hood. Locate the belts that connect systems like air conditioning and the alternator to the engine. You should see that the belts are turning while the engine is running.
  4. Turn off your engine as normal.
  5. Go to the engine bay and check the belts. If the belts are no longer running, then the engine is already off. The sound you hear is coming from the radiator fan. However, if the belts are still running, that means that the engine is also still running.

This could be the work of a faulty ignition switch. A faulty ignition switch can fail to stop the flow of electrical energy to the components of the engine that keep it running. This leads to an engine that is still running after the signal to shut off has been sent.

How do you start a Mitsubishi Outlander with a dead key fob?

Mirage mitsubishi car key and alarm system.

Your key fob needs a small amount of electrical energy to work. A small lithium-ion battery provides this energy. However, just like all batteries, it will eventually run out of charge.

In case your key fob suddenly runs out of battery, you can do the following to start up the engine of your Mitsubishi Outlander.

Energizer CR2032 Batteries are available on Amazon through this link.

Newer Mitsubishi Outlander

If you have a newer Mitsubishi Outlander—2018 year model or newer—you can press the back of the key fob to the start button. The sensors on the start button will detect your key fob with what little charge is left on your battery and start the engine.

Not-So-New Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander models before 2018 have a backup slot around the area of the shifter, the dashboard, or the console. Some models have the slot inside the glove compartment, so check there if you don’t see the slot around the shifter, the dashboard, or the console.

  • The backup slot is a rectangular opening where your key fob fits.
  • Insert your key fob into the backup slot. You can start your engine as normal while the key fob is inside the backup slot.
  • Don’t forget to step on the brake pedal before trying to start your Mitsubishi Outlander.


Photo of black Mitsubishi Outlander in covered parking.

If you can’t stop the engine of your Mitsubishi Outlander, check if you can turn off the engine using the emergency engine shutdown. This will provide you with additional information regarding the possible cause of the problem.

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