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Emergency brake adjustment


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I searched and all I found was how to swap out the unit, but what I need to do is for the brake to "engage" approximately 3-4 clicks sooner than it currently is doing. Is this done at the rear console? Underneath the car? Anyone done this and has a write up or better yet, pictures?! :rolleyes:

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I think the traditional way to adjust them into stock spec without having to spin the sprocket inside the drum assembly is to drive in reverse at about 8mph and pull the e-brake gently... it's suppose to self adjust like that, if you want it tighter, your going to have to remove both rear wheels, look behind the brake disc and there should be a slot opening for a flat head screwdriver, and inside is a sprocket with teeth, you rotate them one direction and the ebrake pads should press more firmly against the drum surface. Could take alot of time to get it right where you want it.

Theres probably an adjustment in the cable under the center console between the seats but I've yet to look there. Goto Midas and ask them to adjust it.

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Gracias Carlos. Will do the "reverse trick" first to see if that does it, but I doubt it will since it should be fully locked around 4-5 clicks, but in my case, its nearly 7-9 clicks! Question for you, do I have to turn the adjustment screw the same amount of turns on each side? How do I know when I have gone too far and I would actually be dragging the shoes on the drum? I am assuming its #2 on the enclosed pic? I have to remove every rim anyways as I believe my discs are glazed and will hit them with some rough garnet paper this weekend (if I find the time to do so....)

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There is an adjustment under the center console and you can adjust the travel of the handle very easily. Open the storage compartment in the rear center console and pull the rubber padding at the bottom. Underneath this there is a t20 screw to remove. Once you get this up you will see a rod with two 13mm nuts on it. Using two wrenches loosen the rear most 13mm. Then tighten the front 13mm until the handle travel is 4-5 clicks. Its easiest to tighten the nut when the handle is down. Tighten it up some and try the handle. Once you get it where you want it tighten the rear most 13mm again reassemble the console.

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Spoke to the mechanic after the "reverse mod" did not work too well. He indicated that I must first adjust the screw by the rear calipers (said to turn it all the way in until I feel that the wheel would no longer turn freely, then back it out two clicks) and after adjusting the rear, then I would also need to adjust the center console part. 5 clicks for fully engaged parking brake is the standard spec according to him. Now if I could only find the time to fiddle with this!

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Spoke to the mechanic after the "reverse mod" did not work too well. He indicated that I must first adjust the screw by the rear calipers (said to turn it all the way in until I feel that the wheel would no longer turn freely, then back it out two clicks) and after adjusting the rear, then I would also need to adjust the center console part. 5 clicks for fully engaged parking brake is the standard spec according to him. Now if I could only find the time to fiddle with this!

This is the correct procedure but you very rarely actually need to make the adjustment at the rear drum. Adjusting at the center console is faster and easier.

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