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Old 05-15-2002, 09:04 PM   #1
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Dilemma after brake install, need help wit parking brake adjustment

I've just realized today that my parking brake (located in the rear rotors) needs to be adjusted because it's loose. I have to pull my e-brake all the way up in order for the parkign brake to hold on. Since I've never seen a DIY or any experience wit it, could someone help me out.

Here's what happened. I rolled up on a hill and put my car on neutral and pulled the e-brake, realized it was rolling down till I pulled the e-brake all the way up, anyone know what I should do, I'm somewhat familiar with the location of the parking brake mechanicism, but what do I do?

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Old 06-14-2002, 08:09 PM   #3
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parking brake adjustment

From an earlier post:

There are 2 adjustments: the cable at the e-brake handle and the e-brake shoes inside the rear brakes. The adjustment at the shoes takes care of the lack of brake power. The adjustment at the cable fixes long travel. You should really adjust both if you are having e-brake problems.

The steps below tell you to remove the caliper and rotor because the toothed adjuster is a PITA to find the first time. If you can find it without removing the rotor and caliper, you will save yourself a little work.

1) LOOSEN the cables at the e-brake handle. About 3/4" of additional slack should do.

2) Jack up rear of car and remove the rear wheels, calipers, and rotors. Hang the calipers from something secure so you don't damage the line. It is not necessary to loosen the brake lines.

3) Find the toothed adjuster behind the rotor hat which should be clearly visible between the e-brake shoe pivots. Replace the rotor on the hub and adjust the toothed wheel through a lug bolt hole until the e-brake shoes noticeably drag on the inside of the rotor hat. Back off the adjuster until the rotor just starts to turn freely. Repeat on the other side of the car.

4) Reassemble the calipers and wheels

5) Pull the e-brake handle up 3 clicks. Your cables should still be loose at this point. If not, loosen the cables some more and check the adjusters at the rear e-brake again.

6) Start to tighten ONE cable until the rear wheel on that side starts to drag on the e-brake. Release the e-brake handle and make sure that wheel does not drag. Repeat for other e-brake cable.

7) Enjoy many thousands of miles of happy e-brake use.

Don't forget to torque your rear wheels to 100 Nm (74 ft-lbs) when you are done.

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