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How does one adjust the parking brake on a mazda miata?

Parking brake handle pulls all the way to the max of the stroke

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  • gmonkey69 Jun 17, 2009

    I answered no to each of the above primarily due to the answer in my opinion was somewhat off key. I asked if the parking brake is adjustable or not. The braided steel cable is not loose and I truly doubt that it would strech. My old VW bug adjusts both rear parking brake cables right between the two front seats at the pull handle. This is the type of answer I was hoping to recieve. Some auto are self adjusting by stomping the brakes in reverse. What is the trick for a Miata?

  • gmonkey69 Jun 22, 2009

    The info was great. One slight revision in the the cable adjust was under the plastic shroud of the parking brake handle. Thanks again

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I can't say for sure, but many of them have an adjustment under the center counsel. Your's is a pull one in between your seats, right?

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

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    Dar Jun 17, 2009

    I just checked it out.

    st the parking brake;
    1) Release the parking brake (lower the handle) Be sure the wheels are chocked so the car will not roll, use proper supports under the car 'cause you'll be under it.
    2) Find the hex head plug on the back of the rear caliper (one on each side) it's pretty much in the middle right behind the piston.
    3) Remove the plug and under it you'll find an adjustment gear that's turned with an Allen wrench (sorry I do not recall the size, 4mm maybe?).
    4) Turn the adjusting gear clockwise until the brake pads just touch the rotor.
    5) Back the gear off 1/3 counter clockwise. I repeat this operation a couple of times, just to be sure that all of the slop is out of the movement of the pads and also to be sure both sides are equal.
    6) Put those hex head plugs back in!

    This is pretty easy.

    If the parking brakes are still loose then adjust the cable where it meets the handle under console. But you must be sure the adjuster on the calipers is set correctly first.

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Check your cable underneath the car. It might be loose.

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