Got a bad rotor on your Mitsubishi? This guide is for you. Replacing the rotors is a pretty easy project you can do at home. This guide is all you need to tackle the project like a pro.
Why You Need to Replace Your Rotors in Pairs
Looking to buy only one replacement rotor? We recommend buying two. It’s because rotors need to be replaced in pairs, even if the other rotor is still in good shape.
Replacing the rotors in pairs ensures even stopping performance on both sides. If you replace only one rotor, it’ll brake better than the other one. The uneven braking will cause the car to veer to the side during hard braking.
Ordering OEM Replacement Rotors
As experts in all things Mitsubishi, we feel inclined to warn you against aftermarket rotors. While aftermarket rotors can be pretty cheap upfront, they’re actually going to cost you more money in the long run. Aftermarket rotors may not be compatible with the vehicle’s braking system and it’s normal for aftermarket rotors to come without a warranty. This article has more information on why it’s smart to steer clear of aftermarket rotors.
If you’re on a budget, we have good news: it’s certainly possible to score genuine OEM Mitsubishi parts at wholesale prices. We’re an authorized seller of OEM Mitsubishi parts and accessories, including brake rotors. We encourage you to take a few seconds to look up your Mitsubishi model to see how much you can save on OEM rotors.
Another option is to buy OEM rotors from a Mitsubishi dealership, but expect to pay a lot more than what you would on our website. Dealerships tend to impose a hefty markup on all of their OEM parts.
Once you have your replacement rotors, you can tackle the replacement process in a matter of an hour or two.
Removing Some of the Brake Fluid
To keep brake fluid from leaking all over the place, you have to remove about half of the brake fluid. To do this:
- Apply the parking brake.
- Open the hood.
- Suck out half of the brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir. You can do this with a turkey baster.
- Discard the brake fluid safely.
- Put the master cylinder cover back in place.
Lifting Your Car and Removing the Wheels
The next thing you need to do is to lift your car. You can use a lift or a jack and jack stands. Either way works as long as you do it safely and all the weight is off the wheels you’re going to remove. Be sure to loosen all of the lug nuts beforehand. Just turn them a quarter turn before beginning to lift the car.
Replacing the Rotor
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Take the following steps to remove the rotor and then install the new one.
- Remove the side bolts on the caliper.
- Pull the caliper off and then hang it from the frame or coil spring with a bungee cord.
- Compress the caliper piston with a C-clamp.
- Remove the brake pads from the caliper and then set them aside. Be sure to note the position the pads were in.
- Remove the caliper bridge bolts.
- Pry the rotor loose from the hub. You might need to use some force to break the rotor free.
- Spray the new rotor with brake cleaner on both sides. Wipe it all off thoroughly and then dry with a clean rag.
- Affix the new rotor to the hub and then put everything back together in the reverse order of removal.
Got any questions about the rotor replacement process? Please contact us. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can!