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Mitsubishi Mirage Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a 6th generation 2012 to 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage with the part numbers.

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2015 Mirage Front Wheel
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Pry Off Plastic Hub Cap
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Trim Panel Removal Tool

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016) Mitsubishi Mirage in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Lancer, Outlander, Galant, Montero, Eclipse, 3000GT, Endeavor, Raider, Diamante, Attrage, Carisma, Colt, Grandis, Magna, Pajero, Space Star and the revised 2017 Mirage may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible sets of replacement front brake pads with their part numbers include the following: TRW TPC1731, Power Stop 16-1731 and Centric 105.17310.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a plastic automotive pry bar tool, a lug nut wrench, a floor jack, two jack stands, a 14mm socket, a "C" clamp, a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench and a tube of brake caliper grease.

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Wheel Cover Removed
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of Vehicle
The first two steps are to engage the emergency / parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Gently pry off the plastic wheel cover or "hub cap" straight off the front wheel with a pry bar tool.

Set the wheel cover aside in a safe place.

Slightly loosen the four lug nuts on the front wheel with the tire iron by turning them counterclockwise.

Raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with two jack stands.

I prefer to work on one side of the car at a time to keep three wheels on the ground for extra safety.

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Spin Off Lug Nuts
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Four Lug Nuts Removed
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Rotor, Bracket, Caliper
Spin off the four lug nuts, set them aside in a safe place and carefully remove the front wheel to reveal the rotor, bracket, caliper and suspension.
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Front Brake Caliper
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Loosen Lower Bolt
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Loosen Top 14mm Bolt
Loosen the upper and lower caliper bolts on the back side of the caliper by turning them clockwise (as seen from the outside of the car) with the 14mm socket and the 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.
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Remove Bolt / Pin
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Top Bolt / Slider Pin
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Two Bolts / Slider Pins
The caliper bolts also act as the caliper slider pins or "guide pins".

Pull the two caliper bolts / slide pins out of the caliper and the bracket.

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Pull Off Brake Caliper
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Rest On Suspension
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Remove Inner Brake Pad
Pull the brake caliper out of the bracket and carefully rest it on the suspension.

Alternatively, you could suspend the caliper from the spring with a bungee cord or some twine.

Remove the old inner brake pad from the bracket.

The wear indicator bar or "squeal" bar is situated at the top of the old inner brake pad.

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Pull Pad Out of Caliper
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Attach "C" Clamp To Caliper
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Brake Fluid Reservoir
Pull the old outer brake from the caliper. It is held in place by two metal spring clips.

Attach the "C" clamp to the caliper and use the back of an old brake pad to evenly distribute the pressure across the piston.

Move to the right rear area of the engine bay and locate the white plastic brake fluid reservoir cap.



 

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Twist Off Counterclockwise
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Compress Caliper Piston
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Replace Brake Fluid Cap
Twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction and set it aside in a safe place.

Removing the reservoir cap will allow the fluid to more easily travel back through the system when you compress the caliper piston.

Slowly turn the "C" clamp handle in the clockwise direction until the caliper piston is flush with the rubber dust boot surrounding it.

Try to avoid pinching or otherwise damaging the rubber dust boot that surrounds the caliper piston.

Replace the brake fluid cap as soon as possible since brake fluid is hygroscopic (easily absorbs moisture from the air).

Twist it on in the clockwise direction.

Thoroughly clean off the brake rotor, caliper bracket, brake caliper assembly and the lug nut studs with brake parts cleaner spray. Do not use compressed air or blow with your mouth to clean off the brake parts since breathing in brake dust can be harmful to your health. Brake dust can be carcinogenic (causes cancer) if inhaled.

 If your Mirage exhibits shuddering, pulsating, or vibrations during braking, you may need to have your rotors "turned" (resurfaced) or just replace them with new rotors. If this is the car's first front brake job and the rotors appear to be in excellent condition, you should be able to just replace the pads with great results.

To remove the existing rotors and install new ones, just remove the two bolts on the rear of the caliper bracket that attach it to the steering knuckle. Then loosen the old rotor with a rubber mallet, pull it off and slide the new one in its place.

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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Install New Outer Pad
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Lower Caliper Over Pads
Install the new inner brake pad in to the bracket with the wear indicator or "squeal" bar situated at the top of the pad.

Push the new outer brake pad in to the caliper.

Carefully lower the caliper over the rotor and in to the bracket.

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Lubricate Slider Pins
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Push In Top Pin / Bolt
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Replace Lower Guide Pin
Apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the smooth part of the combination caliper slider pins / bolts.

Push the caliper slider pins through the holes in the caliper and in to the bracket.

Spin in the caliper bolts a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the car) to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Tighten Top Caliper Bolt
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Tighten Bottom Caliper Bolt
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Rubber Valve Cap

Tighten the two caliper bolts with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 25 to 30 lb-ft of torque.

Double check that the caliper bolts are tight before moving on to the next steps.

If your brake pedal previously felt soft, mushy or spongy, the brake fluid might be contaminated with water or the brake lines may contain a few air bubbles.

It would be best to bleed the brake lines at this time in order to flush out the old fluid and replace it with fresh DOT 3 brake fluid. For more on this topic, check out my Brake Line Fluid Bleeding With An Assistant DIY Guide or alternatively the Brake Line Fluid Bleeding With A Power Bleeder Guide.

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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
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Replace Front Wheel
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Tapered End - Pointing In
Replace the front wheel and spin on the four lug nuts by hand in the clockwise direction.

The tapered (slightly pointed) end of the lug nuts should be facing in towards the wheel. The flat side of the lug nuts should be pointing out away from the car.

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Slightly Tighten Lug Nuts
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Lower Car From Stands
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Torque To ~72 lb-ft
Slightly tighten the lug nuts in a "criss cross" or "star" pattern with the tire iron.

Carefully lower the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Progressively tighten the lug nuts in a "criss cross" or "star" pattern to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight. It would be best to use a torque wrench or an electric impact wrench with a torque stick to tighten the lug nuts to about 72 ft lbs of torque.

The owner's manual specifies that the lug nut torque is 72 lb-ft + or - 7. So anywhere from 65 to 79 lb-ft of torque.

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Line Up Wheel Cover
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Firmly Tap On Hub Cap
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Front Brake Pads Replaced
Line up the plastic wheel cover and firmly tap it back in to place.

Double check that the hub cap is securely attached to the wheel.

Sit in the driver's seat of the car and firmly pump the brake pedal a few times to restore the brake line pressure. Check the brake fluid in the reservoir and verify that it is at the proper level. If it is low, add some DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid.

To break in your new front brake pads, just drive normally for the first few hundred miles while trying to avoid any hard or "panic" stops which may glaze over the new pads and cause them to be noisy or not perform as well.

It's also a good idea to regularly check your driveway, parking spot or garage for drops of brake fluid which may indicate a leak, check the brake fluid level in the reservoir, and also verify that the lug nuts are still tight.

Don't forget to record the brake pad change in your car's service records.

For more, check out all of my 2012-2016 Mitsubishi Mirage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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