Parking Brake Adjustment

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by MLD, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. MLD

    MLD Guest

    When putting on the parking (emergency) brake how many clicks constitutes a
    properly adjusted brake? My dealer indicates I'm OK with 11---I think that
    it's too much. Comments appreciated.
    MLD, Apr 26, 2007
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    JXStern Guest

    A long-time issue of mine, too.

    Maybe it's just as well, about twice per car, I'll try to drive off
    with the brake on. Newer Accords beep at you when you do that!

    But a tighter brake would keep the car in place wouldn't it?

    JXStern, Apr 26, 2007
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    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    Adjust your back brakes. You are taking up the slack with the emergency
    brake handle travel. Your brake pedal will feel better after the
    adjustment too. bob
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Apr 26, 2007
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    MLD Guest

    This is after the brakes has been replaced--
    MLD, Apr 26, 2007
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    Tegger Guest

    What kind of car is this?

    I assume a Honda, but what model and year?
    Tegger, Apr 26, 2007
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    MLD Guest

    Forgot to mention---2000 Accord V6
    MLD, Apr 26, 2007
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    Brian Smith Guest

    While this advice is sound and good for a vehicle with drum brakes in
    the rear, it doesn't help people with disc brakes at all four corners of
    their vehicle. {;^)
    Brian Smith, Apr 26, 2007
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    motsco_ Guest


    Exploded view diagrams are at You can likely notch
    it up yourself, and I'd go for about 6 clicks. I like the handle to come
    up a bit.
    Have you tried yanking the brake lever up and down (sharply) while
    backing up repeatedly? It will sometimes help if the auto-adjusters
    aren't working smoothly.
    motsco_, Apr 27, 2007
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    Tegger Guest

    Usually it's six to ten clicks to set the parking brake.

    Do you have drums or discs on the rear?

    If the shoes/calipers are properly adjusted, then you need to take up the
    slack on the cable. do NOT adjust the cable until you are 100% certain the
    brake portion is properly set up!
    Tegger, Apr 27, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    official adjustment for a civic, assuming all the mechanicals are ok, is
    raise the handle to the first click, then adjust the cable so the brakes
    /just/ start to drag. from then on, the brake should be full on in the
    next 6 to 9 clicks. accord is likely the same or similar.
    jim beam, Apr 28, 2007
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