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    HOW TO: Adjust clutch engagement point - Mitsubishi Mirage / Space Star

    When I got the car from the dealer, I thought the clutch engaged with the pedal too high off the floor. I'm a guy with rather long legs, and this made driving in Manila traffic quite tiring after a while even with the Mirage's feather light clutch pedal. I also prefer a lower clutch pedal engagement because of better responsiveness.

    Fortunately, this is a very simple modification to do:

    Step 1: Find the clutch cable adjuster. It's a black plastic nut right below the battery tray towards the left:




    Step 2: Turn the nut in your preferred direction. (Please excuse my mad MS Paint skillz)



    Step 3: Start the engine and try it out.

    Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you find your preferred engagement point.

    Step 5: Pat self in the back.

    Step 6: Drink beer.

    Step 7: Wait a while to get sober. (Don't drink and drive!)

    Step 8: Drive and enjoy your old and improved clutch!

    My advice is doing step 2 with a maximum of one complete rotation of the adjuster at a time. Once you think you're pretty close then use smaller rotations. Small adjustments can have a pretty dramatic change at the pedal. Be mindful not to adjust too much either way; if you get it too low the clutch may not disengage completely which is bad for your synchros; too high may cause the clutch to slip which will increase fuel consumption and clutch wear.


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    Last edited by Alpha_One; 02-19-2013 at 12:08 AM.

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    Thanks for the wright up and pics

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    Thanks for posting that, Alpha_One.

    I'm also particular about clutch adjustment - usually one of the first things I do when I get a different car.

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    really helpfull . do you have any idea to adjust the brake too?

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    Thanks for this info. Got the GLX manual last December and I agree that the clutch engagement point of Mirage is really too high off the floor which makes driving in traffic so tiring. Unfortunately, I am not so knowledgeable in cars when it comes to troubleshooting and adjusting anything under the hood. Will try this one. Thanks!

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    Good thing I'm spelunking through the old posts. This is a really nice tip. Thanks!

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    My older cars have a lower (close to the mat) friction point than the mirage, but I've adjusted to the mirage and think that the clutch is fine. In fact, I think having a higher (away from the mat) friction point 1: makes sure the clutch is fully engaged before shifting and 2: makes for a faster shift - if you're racing through the gears.

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    Adjusted my clutch. Adjusted towards firewall. Shifts a ton smoother now. Will update in acouple days

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    Man thanks for bumping this up TheTransporter... I hate the engagement point on this car.

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    I did this two days ago... Thank you so much for the tip... It really does make a huge difference so thank you...


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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage LS 1.2 manual: 38.0 mpg (US) ... 16.2 km/L ... 6.2 L/100 km ... 45.7 mpg (Imp)


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