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All the parts of the brake system are critical to safety. Have the vehicle serviced by an authorized MITSUBISHI dealer at regular intervals according to the service booklet.

Brake system

(1) The service brake is divided into two brake circuits so that when one brake circuit fails, the other is available to stop the vehicle. If this occurs, however, the brake pedal must be depressed further than usual; stop driving as soon as possible and have the brake system repaired at the nearest authorized MITSUBISHI dealer.
(2) The brake boosting force is lost after the brake pedal is depressed once or twice while the engine is off. If this occurs, the brake will require greater force than usual. This is especially important when the vehicle is being towed.

Warning lamp

The brake warning lamp lets you know if your brake system is working properly. Read “Brake warning lamp” on page 4–8 .

When brakes are wet

Check the brake system while driving at a low speed immediately after starting, especially when the brakes are wet, to confirm they work normally.

A film of water can form on the brake discs and prevent normal functioning after driving in heavy rain or through large puddles, or after the vehicle is washed. If this occurs, dry the brakes out by driving slowly while lightly depressing the brake pedal.

When driving downhill

It is important to take advantage of the engine braking by shifting to a lower gear while driving on steep downhill roads in order to prevent the brakes from overheating.

Brake pads

(1) With new brake pads, avoid where possible sudden full application of the brakes for the first 200 km of driving.
(2) The disc brakes are provided with a warning device which emits a shrieking metallic sound while braking if the brake pads have reached their limit. If you hear this sound, have the brake pads replaced by your MITSUBISHI dealer.

CAUTION

(1) Do not leave any objects or place a thick floor mat around the brake pedal; doing so could prevent the full pedal stroke that would be necessary in an emergency. Make sure that the pedal can be operated freely at all times.
(2) Avoid driving habits that cause heavy braking and never “ride” the brakes by resting your foot on the brake pedal while driving. It causes brake overheating and fade.

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