How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Mitsubishi Lancer

by Eli Laurens; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Jack stands

  • Floor jack

  • Lug wrench

  • Socket set

  • Screwdrivers

The Mitsubishi Lancer is manufactured with a hydraulically operated caliper braking system that requires routine pad maintenance. Replacing worn or damaged pads ensures safe braking and can prevent damage to other brake components. The average backyard mechanic can replace the brake pads on a Lancer in about half an hour per wheel.

Replacing the Brake Pads on a Mitsubishi Lancer

Raise the car near the wheel, and place it onto the jack stands with the floor jack. The jack stands should be positioned on the frame, not the suspension parts.

Remove the wheel at the brake that is to be repaired by turning the lug nuts counterclockwise. Place the wheel away from the car.

Turn the twin rear mount bolts on the caliper in a counterclockwise direction, then slide the caliper off the rotor.

Replace the two pads on the caliper by pulling them free of the caliper pistons, then positioning two new pads in their place. The new pads will rest in place but will not be secured to the pistons.

Slide the caliper back onto the rotor, then turn the rear mount bolts clockwise until they are snug.

Replace the wheel by turning the lug nuts in a clockwise direction, in an alternating pattern.

Repeat steps 1 through 6 on the remaining brake pads.

Lower the Lancer from the jack stands.

Tip

  • You should also replace the rotors and bleed the brakes when changing the pads, although this is not required.

Tip

  • Use extreme caution when working around a lifted vehicle.

About the Author

Eli Laurens is a ninth-grade physics teacher as well as a computer programmer and writer. He studied electrical engineering and architecture at Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta, Ga., and now lives in Colorado.