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How do I adjust the hand brake on an 1989 Toyota MR2. It needs to tighten up on the rotors more...slips.

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  • toro67010 May 09, 2009

    Are you sure your're understanding the model? A 1989 toyota has no rear drums,,4 disk brakes.

    When the brake is applied, there is no slack anywhere...adjusting the main cable will not work because of this...ie. the arm attached to the brake, which has the cable attached and pulls forward is against the clip which holds the brake cable to the plate...

  • toro67010 May 10, 2009

    The actuator lever, which is attached to the brake cable, is as far forward as it can be. It is hitting the bracket that attaches the cable to the main break casting. Go to this site and look at the parking brake diagrams.http://opc.mr2oc.com/.Go hear and look at 47601...that part has the cable on it. With the brake set...that part is as far forward as it can be..there is a little rubber boot thats completely collapsed. But it still does'nt hold tight....there has to be a way to get the actuator to press the shoes onto the rotor...any ideas..and no the adjustment under the console will only take up slack that isn't there with the break set.

  • toro67010 May 10, 2009

    Thanks, I see that connection on the schematic. It can only do 2 things..either put tension on the 2 cables or release tension. Are you saying I need to release the tension? Will that cause the pads to contact the rotors more positively?



    I don't think that will help. I'll jack up the wheel so it can spin and watch the actuator when I set the brake. It may be the pads are worn to a point the acutator stroke isn't long enough?



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Your local mechanic will be able to tighten the e brake cable.

Check this link..

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/parking_brake_aka_e-t2779.html?s=bf254d616055d6c548b6267e6009cb8e&threadid=2779&highlight=parking+brake

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You can adjust this from the adjuster plate that is on the cable itself. You can also adjust the star screw if you have drums.

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Hi,

Crawl under the van in front of the rear wheels. Find the 2 brake cables from the wheels. Where they meet, there is a 3rd cable that goes to the hand brake. Loosen the lock nut on the 3rd cable, adjust the nut to tighten cable and tighten lock nut. Done.

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remove the rear brake drums and using a small angle grinder clean the lip that forms on the drum as this will stop you from adjusting the brakes right up when you push the drum back on.next check condition of wheel cylinders and ensure their is no leaks and cylinders move when pushed in and not seized.then using a conventional oil can and not that silly spray junk lubricate the pivots and anything that looks like it should move.Then adjust the automatic adjuster till the brake shoes are just touching the drum when you offer it back up and spin it.Next adjust handbrake cable till you have 3 clicks on it .job done

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    Wish I could forward you a repair manual.



    Can’t help much with the manual but if you want to adjust your handbrake you need to get under the centre console, you might be able to get the awkward screws at the side of your seat with an “L” shaped Philips, but failing this just undo the seat bolts and move them out of the way (be careful with the wires).
    Unscrew the gear knob and pull up the plastic cover (it’s on clips), lift the console and you will see the adjuster on a quadrant with a lock nut.

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