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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,460 miles

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 162002

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,840 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer. Ever since the vehicle was purchased, the contact has experienced several failures regarding the brake system. While applying the brakes, she heard a clicking noise coming from the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they tightened the suspension steering. One year later, while driving at an unknown speed, the brakes began to squeak and fail. The vehicle was returned to the dealer for inspection and they found no failures with the brake system. Two years later, while driving various speeds, the contact heard a loud squeaking noise coming from the front brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer again and they stated that the front brakes had a ten percent loss in braking power. The front brakes were replaced. Six months later, while backing up the vehicle, she heard a loud grinding noise coming from the rear brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they resurfaced both rear drums. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was out of warranty; therefore, no repairs were made under the warranty. The failure mileage was 5,840 and current mileage was 66,000. Updated 12/22/08 updated 12/29/08.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #3

May 112006

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,500 miles
At my 30K service the front brake pads had to be replaced. Now at 52K miles the rotors need to be machined. I'm wondering if the material the brake pads are made from are just cheap and wear out quickly or what would make the rotors need to be machined at such low mileage. I've owned many vehicles and have never had to have rotors machined, resurfaced or replaced, even up to 150K miles! this is ridiculous. I can see that I'll be doing brake pads every 40K miles or so if the track record continues. I can find no tsb on brakes. The dealer also said I had an open recall to "reflash PCM" which I can't find on your site for my vehicle. Is this a voluntary recall or a federally mandated one? because I can't find it I have no idea what they're recalling or what I should look out for if the PCM fails after the recall.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 012004

Lancer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2002 Mitsubishi Lancer. Brakes failed twice. The consumer took the vehicle to the Mitsubishi service dealer twice. The dealer indicated that they could not find the cause of the problem. The consumer took the vehicle to an independent mechanic four times, but they could not fix the problem. It was finally determined that the push rod was incorrectly specified. The mechanic told the consumer that basically the wrong part was put on the vehicle. It had the wrong brakes installed. This problem was listed in service bulletin number 0235003. Consumer was involved in two accidents because of defective brakes. There was a vibration in between the steering wheel and the tire axle. This only occured when consumer pushed on the brakes. The accidents were reported to the insurance company.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012002

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles
Vehicle requires extreme pedal pressure to stop. Vehicle has a long extended stopping distance. Does not matter if brakes are cold or hot. Issue began when car had approximately 12000 miles on it. Brakes have been inspected and no problems found with system. Vehicle now has 22000 and condition still exists and is worsening.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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