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how to adjust your e-brake/ parking brake

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:21 pm    Post subject: how to adjust your e-brake/ parking brake Reply with quote

if you feel like your e-brake is not holding its because the brake shoes have worn out a bit and it need to be adjusted manually. heres how to go about it.

ADJUSTMENT

NOTE: The parking brake shoes used in the drum-in-hat park brake system do not automatically adjust to compensate for brake shoe lining wear. Therefore, it is necessary to manually adjust the parking brake shoes.

1. Verify the parking brake lever is in the released position.

2. Raise the vehicle.

3. Remove the rubber plug from the adjusting hole in the disc brake caliper adapter.

4. Adjust the parking brakes. Use the first bullet point for the adjustment of the left side parking brake shoes. Use the second bullet point for the adjustment of the right side parking brake shoes.

~ Insert a medium size screwdriver through adjustment hole in the left (drivers side) backing plate. Position the screwdriver against the star wheel on the parking brake shoe adjuster. Using the screwdriver, rotate the star wheel downward until a slight drag is noticed when turning the rear tire and wheel assembly. Then, using the screwdriver, slowly rotate the star wheel upward, backing off the adjuster, just enough to allow the rear tire and wheel assembly to rotate without the parking brake shoes dragging. Do not back off the adjuster star wheel more than two clicks past the point of no drag. The parking brake shoe-to-drum clearance is now properly set.

~ Insert a medium size screwdriver through adjustment hole in the right (passenger side) backing plate. Position the screwdriver against the star wheel on the parking brake shoe adjuster. Using the screwdriver, rotate the star wheel upward until a slight drag is noticed when turning the rear tire and wheel assembly. Then, using the screwdriver, slowly rotate the star wheel downward, backing off the adjuster, just enough to allow the rear tire and wheel assembly to rotate without the parking brake shoes dragging. Do not back off the adjuster star wheel more that two clicks past the point of no drag. The parking brake shoe-to-drum clearance is now properly set.

5. Install the rubber plug in the adjusting holes of the disc brake caliper adapter.

6. Lower the vehicle until the rear tires are just clearing the floor.

7. Reach inside the vehicle and fully apply and release the park brakes two times after adjusting the parking brake shoes.

8. With the parking brake lever in the fully applied position, attempt to hand rotate each rear tire and wheel assembly to ensure that the parking brake shoes are working.

9. With the parking brake lever in the released position, hand rotate each rear tire and wheel assembly to ensure that the parking brake shoes are not dragging.

these pictures are from and srt-4, it is the same on the pt cruiser:







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