NHTSA — Power Train: Clutch Assembly Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,199 miles

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer clutch problems

clutch problem

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 242007

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Purchased car brand new in 2002, daily driver nothing special. Had to replace full clutch assembly in 2004 due to massive mechanical failure (cost 900$ out of my pocket) not even 1 year later, clutch fails again due to mechanical failure (680$ to repair) now in 2007 I am looking at another busted clutch, the slave or master cylinder gave out while driving. There is no reason for this car to need a clutch job 3 times in 4 years......

- North Adams, MA, USA

problem #4

Dec 132006

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 122,000 miles
: the contact stated while accelerating from a stop, the clutch felt as if it had lost pressure. This caused a hesitation in the manual transmission. The vehicle was not seen by a dealer. Also, the contact stated the front brake pads wore out too quickly. The brakes had to be changed 7 times in 5 years due to wear on the pads. The vehicle was previously taken to a service dealer, where the dealer was unable to determine the problem.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 292006

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 44,000 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 70 mph, the vehicle's clutch burned up. The vehicle had not been to a service dealer to determine what caused the issue.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152006

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles
1- gears began to grind, then became impossible to engage gears at all 2- clutch slave cylinder went bad under normal driving conditions 3- slave cylinder went bad causing clutch to go bad- $1200 repair with only 55K miles (((not covered under warranty))).

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 292004

Lancer 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,995 miles
Pushed in clutch pedal, heard a loud pop, and clutch pedal went to the floor. The clutch would not disengage. I was able to pull into a parking lot were the car stalled. Got the vehicle towed to dealership. Dealer stated seals inside slave cylinder blew out and coated the clutch disc, pressure plate, and flywheel with fluid. Replaced slave cylinder and pressure plate, and resurfaced the flywheel. I had to pay $1009.35 to get the vehicle back.

- Bedford, IN, USA

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