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Old 07-01-2007, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HOW-TO: Parking E-Brake Adjustment

Disclaimer: I have provided the following information and pictures out of the kindness of my heart. i assume no responsibility if you mess something up, break something, break your car, injure yourself, somehow die or otherwise f*** something up as a result of reading or attempting this.

What youll need:
- Jack
- Jack stands
- Medium sized standard screw driver
- Some good lighting (trebel light or powerful flashlight)
- Wheel chocks
- Creeper (makes life easier)

Step 1: Park on a level surface, leave the car in gear and leave the parking brake completley disengaged.

Step 2: Chock the front wheels

Step 3: Jack up the rear end of the car, supporting it on jackstands
-note, it was suggested you hand rotate the wheels with the parking brake off to get a feel for how the wheels should feel when freely spinning so you do not over tighten the brake.



Step 4: Scoot under the car and locate the oval shaped rubber plug covering the hole accessing the disc brake caliper adapter. Remove them and put them somewhere you wont lose them. (They are located on the inside of the brake assembly at the bottom.)









Step 5: Adjust the left (driver's side) wheel as follows:
A. Inside the access hole, there is a star wheel just above the spring. Use the screw driver, inserting it through the access hole, turn the star wheel downward until a slight drag is noticed when rotating the rear tire.
B. Rotate the star wheel upward no more than 1 or 2 clicks, backing the brake shoe off the drum just enough to allow for rotation of the wheel.
C. Reinstall the oval rubber plug.

Step 6: Adjust the right (passanger's side) wheel as follows (slightly different than the left)
A: Inside the access hole, there is a star wheel just above the spring. Use the screw driver, inserting it through the access hole, turn the star wheel upward until a slight drag is noticed when rotating the rear tire.
B. Rotate the star wheel downward no more than 1 or 2 clicks, backing the brake shoe off the drum just enough to allow for rotation of the wheel.
C. Reinstall the oval rubber plug.

Step 7: With the wheels slightly off the ground (if you were using a full vehicle lift, which i obvously was not, lower the car)

Step 8: Reach into the car and fully apply the parking brake and release it two times. Fully apply the parking brake once more and leave it engaged.

Step 9: With the parking brake fully engaged, attempt to rotate each rear wheel by hand to ensure the parking brakes on each side are engaging. There should be no movement.

Step 10: Fully release the parking brake.

Step 11: Hand rotate each wheel, ensuring there is no drag caused by the parking brake shoes. (you may need to readjust the brakes as necessary, repeating steps 4 thru 11.)

Step 12: Remove the jackstands and wheel chocks.
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Old 07-02-2007, 01:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Very nice thread!! Super accurate..wish I had this when I was doing my adjustment a few days ago.. it was a bitch to figure out which way the stars roll. I would only change the post and make sure you define what is the "right" side of the car and which is the "left" side ..so they roll the stars the right direction
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^thanks for the suggestion... done

hell, it was a bitch with knowing which way to roll. it took me a while to find the stupid rubber plugs, as i was looking for a circle and not an oval shaped one. it wasnt until i looked up fully tearing down the brake assembly that i relaized wtf they were talking about. i learn by pictures, so text-only guides are a bitch for me
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Great write up! I'm doing this as soon as I wake up today!
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Whats this "star" you speak of, I jacked up my car and didn't see nothing above the spring, such a tight space with that big bolt in the way.
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It took me a while to uderstand. Its just a gear with teeth. Your looking it from a view where all you see is the teeth. its kind of a pain to get the screw driver onto and turn it.


here is a view of the inside of the brake. you can clearly see the star wheel im talking about above the spring:
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Thank You Thank You Thank You! Thats helped soooo much! Will be attempting this tomorrow because my ebrake blows. I think the previous owner effed it up.
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Nice write up.
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awesome write-up!!!

I would have been entirely lost if I tried to do this w/o this write up

I can't wait to fix my e-brake now----saved and will be printed-

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i have to do this when i get the time. greatly appreciated
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Just did it this evening. Your write-up was a huge help! Great work!!
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You are the man. I m going to do that this weekend.
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im trying this tomorrow.
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oooh, this is just what im looking for.
it was the first pertinent search result and looks like even a dummy like myself cant screw this up.

thanks, dude!

sweet, i did this with no problem already. hardest part was getting the drivers side plug back in.

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Thanks man. Im trying this tomorrow!!!
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