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Mitsubishi Eclipse: Understanding Common Brake Symptoms and Issues
The Mitsubishi Eclipse once reigned as a popular sports coupe in America. With its robust engine and sleek styling, it captured the hearts of many sport coupe lovers and car enthusiasts. The appeal of this Mitsubishi coupe comes from its low sticker price and decent comfort features. Its performance is straightforward and reliable, which makes it practical. But even with great power and speed, the Mitsubishi Eclipse couldn\'t pull a great run on the track or on wide-open roads or highways if the brakes aren\'t in their best shape. To understand what brake symptoms tell you, here\'s a quick guide:
Strange brake noises
Screeching, grinding, squealing, and grinding noises tell you that the brakes pads and shoes would need thorough inspection. Through these brake checks, you\'ll find out if the brake pads are too thin or too worn out to dish out decent braking performance or to cause damage to other parts, especially the rotors. Scraping noises usually indicate metal-to-metal contact due to worn-out pads and/or shoes. Vibrations between the pads and caliper or the pads and rotor would lead to brake squeals. The noise could be dampened by using shims behind the pads. Aerosol brake noise control compound that\'s sprayed on the rotors could also help, along with high-temperature brake grease applied to the back of the pads. Warped or improperly finished rotors, meanwhile, could produce brake chatter. Don\'t wait too long before you check for thinning brake pads, worn-out shoes, and damaged rotors.
Vibrations and other irregularities on the brake the pedal
Vibrations and pulsations of any kind on the brake pedal should be considered a fair warning. If you don\'t have the brakes checked, you\'re risking rotor warpage or damage due to metal-on-metal grinding. In case of a low brake pedal, you have to check the shoe adjusters on the rear drum brakes. See if they\'re corroded or sticking. Aside from adjusting the rear drum brakes, you may also have to clean or replace the adjusters to fix the problem. The low brake pedal may also be caused by a fluid leak or busted brake lining. If the brake pedal feels quite spongy, chances are, there\'s air in the system or a ballooning brake hose. Brake lines should be bled to remove air. If the pedal seems to travel excessively, then you\'ll have to check for a worn-out lining, air in the brake lines, and misadjusted drum brakes. The master cylinder may fail to sustain the needed pressure if the pedal sinks to the floor and goes down slowly. If depressing the brake pedal requires a bit more pressure and time to get the braking power you need, this means that the brake pads are wearing out.
Grabby brakes, dragging brakes, and uneven braking
Uneven braking from side-to-side could be blamed on contaminated brake pads, a clogged brake line, loose wheel bearings, or a stuck caliper. If the brake pads are contaminated with brake fluid, oil, or grease, then they\'ll most likely respond by slipping. Grabby brakes will cause jerking. Find the source of the contamination or leak. Also check for scored rotors. In case of dragging brakes, you have to check for broken retracting springs or jammed or corroded caliper pistons. Other possible causes include corroded mounting pins and bushings on the caliper, over-extended brake self-adjusters, and sticky cables. If you don\'t fix the dragging brakes, this can cause accelerated brake wear and overheating.
Low brake fluid shouldn\'t be ignored either as this most likely indicates a leak. Check the brake calipers, hoses, lines, wheel cylinders, and the master cylinder to find out where the leak is coming and to fix it before driving the vehicle.