Mitsubishi Eclipse Clutches and Parts
The Mitsubishi Eclipse gives you a sporty vehicle with a powerful engine and attractive profile. Over time, your Eclipse's clutch can wear out from use and from debris kicked up while you drive. Fortunately, you can always find replacements for this critical Mitsubishi Eclipse part.How do Mitsubishi Eclipse clutches work?
The Eclipse clutch mechanism temporarily disconnects the motor from the transmission. In an automatic, the clutch engages and disengages automatically, but it is still required. In a manual, you press the Eclipse's clutch pedal. The clutch puts the Mitsubishi coupe into neutral gear, letting you smoothly change gears. Without a working clutch, you can technically still change the Mitsubishi Eclipse's gears. However, doing so will be much harder and can cause permanent damage to the Eclipse's transmission. Here are the main parts of the Mitsubishi Eclipse clutch system.
- Clutch disk: This thin metal disk fits over the fly wheel of the Eclipse engine and engages when it’s in gear. When it’s not in gear, it releases.
- Pressure plate: This disk attaches to the Mitsubishi engine fly wheel, fits over the clutch disk, and applies pressure as needed.
- Master cylinder: When you press a manual Eclipse's clutch pedal, this part activates a hydraulic link to the slave cylinder. You will find this part attached to the body near the interior pedal.
- Slave cylinder: This Mitsubishi Eclipse part receives the hydraulic signal and responds by releasing the clutch. You will find this part in the center of the clutch mechanism.
- Fastenings: In addition to the main Mitsubishi parts listed, replacement often requires attachments such as bearings or O-rings. The clutch alignment tool, included in many kits, makes it possible to safely position the clutch ring during install.
As a critical part of your Mitsubishi vehicle, if the clutch starts to fail, you'll want a replacement as soon as possible. Here are the key facts to keep in mind.
- Year: Mitsubishi has released many versions of the Eclipse from 1989 onward. While the sports coupe size stays similar between models, what's under the hood changes considerably. In some release years, Mitsubishi also released models like the Spyder with enhanced bodies and engines. Knowing the right year is essential to getting the correct Mitsubishi Eclipse parts.
- Trim level: The Mitsubishi Eclipse comes with a range of sports coupe, convertible, and hatchback trim types. Trim type may not appear to be directly related to the clutch, but it can be. Special trims like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder or Sport often have different clutch requirements.
- Transmission type: The Mitsubishi Eclipse has both automatic and manual options. Because the clutch is an essential part of this system, you must make sure to search by type.
- Parts or kit: Depending on your needs, you can find individual Mitsubishi parts or kits. If you choose a Mitsubishi Eclipse clutch kit, this will often come with accessories such as bearings and a clutch alignment tool. These add-on pieces can make servicing your Mitsubishi much easier.