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    DIY! Clutch cable remove & replace

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    So, the problem was when i was driving i heard something snapped... then my clutch would'nt work anymore but luckily i was already near our place and had to push my mirage until i reached our front gate

    My mirage ODO reading is only around 36k --- premature! for 2yrs and 8mnths!
    So here's how!

    I will not include the tools as i assume that you can find what tools to be used ok!

    1. First, open your driver side door then move the seat back to get some space. Now, Kneel down until you see under your dashboard that it has a cover and you have to unscrew three plastic screw tabs then remove the cover underneath.

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    Last edited by mitsumi; 01-28-2018 at 02:18 AM.

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    2. Open the hood, lift then take a picture
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    Basically, its hard to see the cable from this view if the throttle hose and battery is still there. So what you want to do is remove your battery and detached the throttle hose to have an easier access reaching the clutch cable etc.

    I assume you already know how to remove the battery. I always cover up the (-) side to prevent it from touching to any metal parts when i reconnect the (+) again.
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    Once, the battery is removed, next the throttle hose. Use a screwdriver to unscrew as seen on the pic. I chose to remove both ends to have a better clearance in removing the clutch cable.
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    Last edited by mitsumi; 01-28-2018 at 09:16 AM.

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    Now, this is not so hard but you have to have an advance sense of touch and feel hahaha...

    So, after removing the battery and the hose, go back underneath your dashboard driver side, because you have to reach out for this part (see pic below)! there's no pin on that part, you'll just have to push the latch up to remove it from being hooked.
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    Anyway, you may also skip this if you want and do it at the end before removing the cable so that the cable is loose.

    So now that you have clearance, you can now work on removing the cable. Just push a bit the cable so that when you try to remove that latch from the inside of the car it's much easier.
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    Just trace the cable and you'll see this, then un screw and pull up to remove.
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    Last edited by mitsumi; 01-28-2018 at 08:58 AM.

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    To remove the end, there is a pin on it and you may just use a small cutter or pliers to remove it so that you can also remove the latch that was left there when the cable broke.
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    Then, once both ends are clear and removed, just pull out the cable carefully and your done removing it!
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    THAT'S ALL!

    -so when your cable is ready, i think you already know how to set it up.
    -better have an extra and keep it in your car for emergency purposes!

    the only problem now is I dont know how to adjust the cable the way it was setup before. I know where the adjustment knob is, but i dont know if when is enough and too much when adjusting the cable. Hope someone can help me
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    mitsumi nice write-up.

    Quote Originally Posted by mitsumi View Post
    So, the problem was when i was driving i heard something snapped... then my clutch would'nt work anymore but luckily i was already near our place and had to push my mirage until i reached our front gate
    Good thing Mitsubishi built this car light haha. I've pushed my Speck and found it easy to push around.

    Quote Originally Posted by mitsumi View Post
    the only problem now is I dont know how to adjust the cable the way it was setup before. I know where the adjustment knob is, but i dont know if when is enough and too much when adjusting the cable. Hope someone can help me
    There is a thread here on the forum by Alpha_One called HOW TO: Adjust clutch engagement point - Mitsubishi Mirage / Space Star It's one of the earliest threads on the forum, dating back to February of 2013. Alpha_One put up some great photos (like yourself ). It's an easy step-by-step tutorial. Throughout the short thread other members include their knowledge and experience in setting a clutch.

    Later on in the thread I found and posted the procedure from the service manual which is even simpler and more straightforward: Service manual: clutch adjuster

    mitsumi I'm not sure if you have a copy of the service manual. It is available online and the adjustment procedure (among other things...) is covered.

    The adjustment is very simple but I suggest that it could have saved your clutch cable from falling apart. I wonder if the clutch adjustment was set to that when your clutch pedal was at it's end of travel, it was pulling hard on the clutch throwout bearing instead of the clutch pedal resting on the floor of the passenger compartment. Putting that much tension on on the clutch cable could lead to it separating the way it did. Can't tell for sure at this point so it's all speculation.


    Thanks for taking the time to share this with us all.

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    I moved the thread to Engines & Transmissions and added it to the DIY list.

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    mitsumi - thanks for the DIY!

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    Great post! Generally, you will want to adjust the cable until there is 3-4 mm of slack at the clutch release lever.

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    Great post!

    But wasn't your car under warranty still? Is the comprehensive warranty (5yr/160000km) not in effect where you live?
    Zero, my 2014 ES Plus gone but not forgotten. We're driving the Beetle of the 21st century

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallythacker View Post
    Great post!

    But wasn't your car under warranty still? Is the comprehensive warranty (5yr/160000km) not in effect where you live?
    not sure if that warranty applies here in the philippines. They say that
    once you go outside mitsubishi for pms or sched. maintenance, the warranty will be voided. it just sucks! so i have no choice hehehe


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