Mitsubishi Eclipse 1990-1998 Repair Guide

Cables

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1990-94 Vehicles

See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the floor console from the vehicle as follows:
    1. Remove the screw plugs in the side covers. Remove the retainer screws and the side covers from the vehicle.
    2.  
    3. Remove the front mounting screw cover from the floor console. Remove the manual transaxle shift lever knob.
    4.  
    5. Remove the cup holder and the carpet inserts from the floor console assembly.
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    7. Label and disconnect the electrical wire harness connections for the floor console.
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    9. Remove the mounting bolts and the floor console from the vehicle.
    10.  

  4.  
  5. Loosen the cable adjusting nut and disconnect the rear brake cables from the actuator. Remove the center cable clamp and grommet.
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  7. Raise the vehicle and support safely. Remove the parking brake cable clip and retainer spring. Disconnect the cable end from the parking brake assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Parking brake cables-1990-94 FWD vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 2: Parking brake cables-1990-94 AWD vehicle



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Fig. Fig. 3: Color code identification mark on parking brake cables

  1. Unfasten any remaining frame retainers and remove the cables from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. The parking brake cables may be color coded to indicate side. Check the parking brake cables for an identification mark. If present, position the cables as follows:
    1. AWD vehicle-yellow cable goes on left side
    2.  
    3. AWD vehicle-orange cable goes on right side
    4.  
    5. FWD vehicle-white cable goes on right side
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    7. FWD vehicle-no color marking goes on left side
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  3. Install the cable to the rear actuator. Secure in place with the parking brake cable clip and retainer spring.
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  5. Position the cable in the under the vehicle and install retainers loose.
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  7. Reattach the parking brake cables to the actuator inside the vehicle. Tighten the adjusting nut until the proper tension is placed on the cable. Adjust the parking brake stroke.
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  9. Secure all cable retainers. Apply and release the parking brake a number of times once all adjustments have been made. With the rear wheels raised, make sure the parking brake is not causing excess drag on the rear wheels.
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  11. Install the floor console assembly as follows:
    1. Install the floor console in position in the vehicle. Position the seat belts as required. Install the console retainer bolts.
    2.  
    3. Reconnect the electrical harness connectors to the vehicle body harness.
    4.  
    5. Install the carpet and the cup holder to the console assembly. Install the manual shift knob.
    6.  
    7. Install the side covers and retainers. Cover retainer screws with plugs.
    8.  
    9. Connect the negative battery cable and check console electrical components for proper operation.
    10.  

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  13. Road test the vehicle and check for proper brake operation. Check that the parking brake holds the vehicle on an incline. Road test the vehicle and check for proper brake operation. Check that the parking brake holds the vehicle on an incline.
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1995-98 Vehicles
drum brakes

See Figure 4

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front floor console, as outlined in General Information & Maintenance 0 of this repair guide. Detach the parking brake cables from the retainers.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle, then remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  7. Remove the brake drum.
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  9. Remove the following components:
    1. Shoe-to-lever spring.
    2.  
    3. Auto adjuster assembly.
    4.  

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Fig. Fig. 4: Exploded view of the parking brake cables and related components-1995-98 vehicles with drum brakes

    1. Shoe-to-shoe spring.
    2.  
    3. Retainer spring.
    4.  
    5. Lever return spring.
    6.  
    7. Shoe hold-down cup, spring and pin.
    8.  


  1. Remove the shoe and lining assembly.
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  3. Unfasten the retaining clip and bolts, then remove the parking brake cable assembly.
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  5. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  7. Adjust the parking brake lever stroke.
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disc brakes

See Figures 5 and 6

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front floor console, as outlined in General Information & Maintenance 0 of this repair guide. Detach the parking brake cables from the retainers.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear brake assembly (caliper and pads) and position it aside, supported with wire or equivalent.
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  7. Remove the front and rear shoe-to-anchor springs.
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  9. Remove the adjusting wheel spring and the adjuster.
  10.  
  11. Remove the strut and the strut return spring.
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  13. Remove the shoe hold-down cup, spring and pin.
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  15. Remove the shoe and lining assembly.
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  17. Unfasten the clips and the retaining bolts, then remove the parking brake cable(s).
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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the parking brake cables and related components-1995-98 vehicle with disc brakes

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  3. Install the adjuster to the shoe adjusting bolt of the left hand wheel is attached toward the front of the vehicle and the shoe adjusting bolt of the right hand wheel is toward the rear of the vehicle.
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  5. The load on the respective shoe-to-anchor springs is different, so the spring in the figure has been painted, as shown in the accompanying figure.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Shoe-to-anchor spring installation

  1. Before installing the console, adjust the parking brake lever stroke.
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ADJUSTMENT



1990-94 Vehicles

See Figure 7

  1. Make sure the parking brake cable is free and is not frozen or sticking. With the engine running, forcefully depress the brake pedal 5-6 times.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Location of the parking brake cable adjusting nut-1990-94 vehicles

  1. Apply the parking brake while counting the number of notches. Check desired parking brake stroke should be 5-7 notches.
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  3. If adjustment is required, remove the carpeting from inside the floor console. This will expose the adjusting nut within the console.
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  5. Loosen the locknut on the cable rod. Rotate the adjusting nut to adjust the parking brake stroke to the 5-7 notch setting. After making the adjustment, check there is no looseness between the adjusting nut and the parking brake lever, then tighten the locknut.
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Do not adjust the parking brake too tight. If the number of notches is less than specification, the cable has been pulled too much and the automatic adjuster will fail or the brakes will drag.

  1. After adjusting the lever stroke, raise the rear of the vehicle and safely support. With the parking brake lever in the released position, turn the rear wheels to confirm that the rear brakes are not dragging.
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  3. Check that the parking brake holds the vehicle on an incline.
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1995-98 Vehicles

See Figures 8, 9 and 10

  1. Pull the parking brake lever with a force of about 45 lbs. (196 N) and count the number of notches. On vehicles with disc brakes, the value should be 3-5 notches. On vehicles with drum brakes, the value should be 5-7 notches.
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  3. If the parking brake stroke is not within the standard value, adjust is necessary.
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  5. Remove the carpeting from inside the floor console. This will expose the adjusting nut within the console.
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  7. Loosen the adjusting nut to the end of the cable rod, freeing the parking brake cable.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Location of the cable rod adjusting nut

  1. For drum brakes, perform the following:
    1. With the engine idling, forcefully depress the brake pedal 5 or 6 times and make sure the pedal stroke stops changing. If the pedal stroke stops changing, the automatic-adjustment mechanism is functioning normally, and the clearance between the shoe and drum is correct.
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  3. For disc brakes, perform the following:
    1. Remove the adjustment hole plug, then using a flat tipped screwdriver, turn the adjuster in the direction of the arrow (shown in the accompanying figure), which expands the shoe) so that the disc will not rotate.
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Fig. Fig. 9: Location of the adjuster wheel-vehicles with disc brakes

    1. Return the adjuster 5 notches in the direction opposite to the direction of the arrow.
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    3. Turn the adjusting nut to adjust the parking brake lever stroke to within the standard value range.
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If the number of brake lever notches engages is less that the standard value, the cable has been pulled excessively. Be sure to adjust it to the standard value.



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Fig. Fig. 10: Make sure there is no play between the adjusting nut and the pin

    1. After making the adjustment, check to be sure that there is no play between the adjusting nut and the pin. Also check that the adjusting nut is securely held at the nut holder.
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    3. After adjusting the lever stroke, jack up and support the rear of the vehicle.
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    5. With the parking brake lever released, turn the rear wheel to confirm that the rear brakes are not dragging.
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