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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobrajet View Post
    I suspect Mitsubishi just unceremoniously lifted these rear brakes off of another model.
    That's pretty funny. Looks like someone on the assembly line went to the wrong parts bin.

    For those who aren't brake nerds, we made an observation last year that drum brakes on Mirages in North America are slightly different than Mirages sold in Europe. The European Mirages use the old-style star wheel adjusters while all others use that strut bar (or whatever it's called)...

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    The star wheel adjusters work OK when they are kept clean and lubricated. Even then you need to pull the drums off occasionally to adjust them a click or two of the star wheel. I wouldn't be shocked if they didn't have much (if any) lube on them from the factory.


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    Cobrajet- do you recall if there was an access hole w/ rubber plug on the backing plate for adjusting the star without puĺling the drums?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    Cobrajet- do you recall if there was an access hole w/ rubber plug on the backing plate for adjusting the star without puĺling the drums?
    Yes, there is.

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    That's just weird, I'm pretty positive the 17's we have use the same rear brake setup as the 15's and don't have the star wheel. I'll take a look next time I have on on the lift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fummins View Post
    That's just weird, I'm pretty positive the 17's we have use the same rear brake setup as the 15's and don't have the star wheel. I'll take a look next time I have on on the lift.
    I was very surprised to see a completely different setup.

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    Help please


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    You want to pull the bearing out? They press out. I might need to be corrected, but I'm pretty sure there's a big snap ring on one side and it presses out that direction. Those bearings aren't cheap, $80 on rockauto and $95 for the front. That's in Canadian Peso's of course. I've been lucky so far and just changed the entire drum with one from a wreck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fummins View Post
    I've been lucky so far and just changed the entire drum with one from a wreck.
    That's what I did when I ruined one of the drums on mine. Aftermarket drums are available now but they come bare. At USD$245, new OEM drums are ungodly expensive but do come complete.



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