2011 Mule™ 4010 4×4 Diesel
Toughness, Torque and World-Class Durability
When it comes to handling really big jobs, whether it’s interstate trucking, rail freight or large-scale excavation, diesel engines are the obvious choice. They’re powerful, durable and fuel-efficient. All of which explains the use of a strong and reliable diesel engine powering the 2011 Kawasaki Mule™ 4010 4×4 Diesel utility vehicle. Whether you’re hauling 1,000 pounds of fence posts and tools to the north forty or a half-ton of materials to an inner-city job site, the 4010 4×4 Diesel’s robust and long-lasting power, easy-to-use automatic transmission and electric power steering (EPS) will make short work of the task.
This muscular, full-sized workhorse features the sort of hardware and technology sure to make you more productive. Selectable four-wheel drive and a locking rear differential ensure traction and control in mud, gravel and hilly environs, while a tilting cargo bed makes unloading a simple affair.
Producing substantial torque at low engine rpm, the Mule 4010 4×4 Diesel’s liquid-cooled, 953cc three-cylinder diesel engine is matched to a Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS), a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that features a high and low range, reverse, and helps maintain engine rpm in its most efficient range for any selected vehicle speed, load or terrain. It also yields a wide drive ratio spread for ample pulling power and quick acceleration.
Large torque converters maximize belt engagement area for optimal heat dissipation, strength and durability. Wear is reduced by the use of a strong and beefy drive belt and sheaves with high silicon-type material. Durability is further aided by cooling the torque converter with filtered air via a special air cleaner that uses an easily replaceable filter element and an efficient intake cooling fan to draw sufficient air into the CVT. A high-flow cover also helps cool the CVT while providing superb splash protection and waterproofing.
This highly reliable drive system uses a dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive to transmit power to a dual-mode rear differential that can be locked to maximize traction, or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance when making tight turns. The operator can also engage four-wheel drive for added traction and pulling power in difficult conditions.
A cyclone-type Donaldson® air filter system with a replaceable paper element supplies the engine with clean air. This efficient design needs less frequent cleaning, even with repeated use in extremely dusty off-road conditions. To help the filter stay clean and last longer, especially in the rugged conditions for which this Kawasaki was built, engine air and converter cooling air are both drawn from the top of the cab frame, where there is less dust.
The electric power steering (EPS) system offers a more controlled ride by reducing steering effort at low speeds and harnessing its electric motor’s inertia to dampen much of the bump steer and kickback associated with front wheel impacts. Offering a significant boost at low speeds and in four-wheel drive, the EPS system uses input from vehicle speed and torque sensors to determine how much assistance is needed from the system’s electric motor.
The Mule 4010 4×4 Diesel’s straightforward, user friendly controls allow drivers to focus more attention on negotiating rough or fragile terrain. The forward/reverse, high/low-range gear lever and four-wheel drive selector are all within easy reach on the dash. The coolant temperature warning light is easy to see, and a push-button control activates the headlights. Other standard features include an hour meter, a horn on the dash, a gauge on the fuel tank and an intake restriction gauge to indicate when the air filter needs to be cleaned or replaced.
The Mule 4010 4×4 Diesel features a roomy cab surrounded by a large-diameter steel tube frame structure. With its modern rugged bodywork, this four-wheel drive utility vehicle is completely at home in tough work environments. Its durable, color-molded plastic body panels are manufactured help hide minor scuffs and scratches. The front hood can be opened with the pull of a dash-mounted knob and allows access to a deep storage space equipped with convenient D-rings to help secure cargo. Additionally, two levers make opening and closing the tailgate a secure and easy process.
The Mule 4010 4×4 Diesel’s list of owner-friendly features also includes winch-ready tabs located under the front grille, which greatly simplifies the winch-mounting process.
The Mule 4010 4×4 Diesel chassis includes a ladder-type frame riding on a DeDion-type rear leaf-spring suspension. It is designed to carry heavy loads yet provide a smooth ride when the cargo bed is empty. MacPherson struts handle front suspension duties and provide a good balance of comfort and load capacity. Effective stopping power is provided by four hydraulically operated, self-adjusting, sealed drum brakes designed to resist contamination from water, mud and other debris. Large 23-inch low-pressure tires provide a comfortable ride, great traction and help minimize impact over a variety of terrain.