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    DIY: Adjusting the parking brake

    I'm guessing nobody has had this issue yet, but I'm posting it here because someone will eventually need to adjust their parking brake.

    Adjusting the parking brake on the Mirage is extremely simple thanks to Mitsubishi's ingenious design here. To adjust the brake, simply pop open the cover on the rear side of the center console. You'll see something similar to the picture below. To tighten the brake, tighten the nut on the center threaded rod. To loosen the brake, loosen the nut. That is it. Super simple.

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    It really eludes me how some manufacturers make this ridiculously difficult or impossible to do (I'm looking at you GM/Pontiac with your non-existent parking brake adjustment on my Sunfire).


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    Mitsubishi are always pretty good with this
    My old car was a 2001 magna, you took out the centre console insert and it was directly under that.

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    Same design as my 2005 Jeep Liberty.
    Will weld for beer.

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    Maybe the same guy did the design work on the clutch adjuster.

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    Thanks! Very cool design, I like it. Mitsubishi uses common sense when designing cars.
    Now, out of curiosity, I noticed mine will just barely hold the car with 5 'clicks' (see parking brake in maintenance section of owners manual). Any real grade requires 6 clicks, which is about all the force I feel comfortable with. Manual recommends 7-9 clicks with a force of 200N (which I assume is force measured in Newtons). Guess they mean if you pull the handle with 200N (or approx. 44lbs of force), you'll stop at 7-9 clicks?
    Don't want to stretch the cables or anything, however, sometimes a steep incline requires a fair amount of force to fully set the brake.



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