The Mitsubishi Lancer has been around since 1973. Americanized as the Dodge or Plymouth Colt, the Colt Lancer, the Chrysler Valiant Lancer and the Eagle Summit, the vehicle was redesigned by Mitsubishi Motors employing eight different generations. While removing the rotors will vary depending on the model year, the following instructions are for the rotor removal of the seventh and eighth Lancer generation, which started in late 1999 and continues to the present. Refer to a repair manual for instructions for older models, which have rotors with pressed bearings.
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Things you need
- Car lift or floor jack and jack stands
- Impact gun
- Impact sockets
- Metric wrench set
- Wire coat hanger
- Brake fluid baster
- Brake fluid
- Impact screwdriver
- Angled die-grinder with coarse discs
Open the bonnet and remove one-third of the brake fluid from the master cylinder of the Mitsubishi Lancer using a brake fluid baster. Discard the fluid. Secure the cover to the master cylinder.
Lift and support the Lancer on a car lift or floor jack and jack stands.
Remove the hub caps, if applicable, and then remove the lug nuts from the wheels using an impact gun and socket. Remove the wheels.
Remove the lower lock pin from the caliper on front-wheel-drive Lancers. Swing it upward and then secure it to the suspension using a wire coat hanger bent into a makeshift hook. On all-wheel-drive Lancers, remove the retaining pins from the caliper and then extract the pads from the body of the caliper.
Inspect the hub facing of the rotor for retaining screws. Some Lancer models will have two rotor retaining screws holding the rotor secure to the hub. Remove these screws by tapping them with a hammer and an impact screwdriver with an appropriate bit.
Remove the rotor from the hub. If you're replacing the rotor and it is stuck to the hub due to rust and corrosion, you can break it free by tapping the flat fin of the rotor with a hammer. If you intend to reuse the rotor, place two appropriate sized bolts---8mm by 1.25mm---into the two other bolt holes (not the retaining screw holes) on the hub facing of the rotor. Tighten the bolts alternately to draw the rotor off the hub evenly using a wrench until the rotor separates from the hub.
Remove the rotor.
Clean the wheel hub facing using a die-grinder and disc to remove any corrosion or rust. Clean the edges as well.
Tips and warnings
- In order to reinstall the brake caliper(s), you will need to compress the piston using a caliper piston tool or a large C-clamp.
- Pump the foot brake pedal when the Lancer is back together to reseat the brake pads to the rotors. Check and adjust the brake fluid level in the master cylinder.
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