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1984 Mazda pickup emergency brake adjust where is the adjustment at

the adjustment is under the vehicle in the center close to the propshaft about half a meter forward of the rear differencial.
From the emergency park brake lever you can follow the single cable until it splits in 2 thats where the adjustment is

Sep 08, 2016 | Mazda Cars & Trucks

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How do I take slack out of cables to e-brakes?

star wheel is shoe adjuster to adjust cable look under vehicle around driver side seat will see a single cable with two cables going towards the rear of vehicle undue nut and that will slack the cables and visa versa

Aug 23, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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The power brake has to be adjusted often and the emergency brake never seems to work.Mechanic never seems to get it right, any suggestions?

More details would have been helpful but the short answer is to try a different mechanic...

I guess you don't have a modern car?
It is only cars and trucks with single circuit brakes where the parking brake is also the emergency brake. For many years vehicles have been fitted with dual circuit brakes for emergencies and the parking brake has been intended only for parking. This is borne out by the reduced efficiency requirement of the parking brake on vehicles fitted with the dual circuit brakes.

Most modern vehicles do not need the brakes adjusting in any way between overhauls. If you want to come back with more details I will attempt to be helpful.

Mar 15, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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How to adjust parking brake

With old style handbrake, you can remove some screws around the handbrake covering. The screws are sometimes well hidden so you have to look around.
When you get the covering off, there are two adjusting nuts at the rear of the handbrake. Turn the nuts until you can get "5 clicks" on the handbrake to set the brakes.
Some jack up the car while doing this so they can rotate the wheels by hand to feel when the brakes touch the pads.
Hope this helps

Dec 22, 2014 | 2003 Kia Spectra

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Can i adjust e brake @ handle, or do i need to pull rotors and off to do it?

They should be self adjusting. Why are you trying to adjust them...too tight ? Too loose ? may just need new pads as the e-brake uses diff brakes than the hydraulic system brakes. Hope this helps !

Mar 09, 2011 | 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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1998 ford escort se hand brake need adjusting. doesn't hold.

Try to adjust the rear brakes tighter at the shoes, if you have drum brakes. May require taking the drum off and adjusting the adjuster. Or, adjusting it from the backing plate access hole if there is one.

Be sure to check the cables to make sure they are not broken anywhere between the hand brake lever and the back brakes.

Good luck on this repair.


  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
  3. Remove the brake drum.
  4. Using a brake adjusting gauge, measure the inside diameter of the brake
  5. Compare the brake drum measurement to the brake shoes.
  6. Adjust the brake shoes by inserting a brake adjustment tool into the knurled
    quadrant of the rear quad operating lever and adjust the shoes to the same
    measurement as the brake drum.
  7. Install the brake drum.
  8. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10. Check the brake system operation by making several stops while driving
    slowly forward.

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Nov 02, 2010 | 1998 Ford Escort

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How to adjust parking brake. do you need to take anything apart?

You cannot adjust the cables on a minivan manually. the tension is automaitcally adjusted by the self adjuster on the pedal release.

The park brake cables on this vehicle have an automatic self adjuster built into the park brake pedal mechanism. When the foot operated park brake pedal is in its released (upward most) position, a clock spring automatically adjusts the park brake cables. The park brake cables are adjusted (tensioned) just enough to remove all the slack from the cables. The automatic adjuster system will not over adjust the cables causing rear brake drag.

Due to the automatic adjust feature of the park brake pedal, adjustment of the parking brake cables on these vehicles relies on proper drum brake.

When the park brake pedal is applied the self adjuster is by-passed and the pedal operates normally to engage the park brakes.

When a service procedure needs to be performed on the park brake pedal or the park brake cables, the automatic self adjuster can be manually locked out by the service technician.

Aug 25, 2010 | 2004 Dodge Caravan

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How do you turn off the break lights when vehicle is off

Under the dash below the steering wheel and above the brake pedal there is a switch. When you depress the brake pedal the switch is activated and the brake lights are lit. It sounds like the switch has loosened and needs to be slightly adjusted and retightened. The switch is held in place by a single screw and nut. This is also the adjusting point for the switch. If you push upward on the brake pedal the lights will probably go out. That slight movement will show you what a small adjustment is most likely needed to correct your problem.

Jan 10, 2010 | 2002 Ford Explorer

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Nissan Pickup 1987

On most vehicles, the left and right parking brake cables come together and are attached to a lever linkage called an "equalizer" yoke under the vehicle. The equalizer yoke balances, or equalizes, the amount of force that is applied to both cables when the parking brake is applied. The equalizer linkage, in turn, is connected to a single cable that runs to the parking brake lever or pedal. An adjustment screw may be located on the front cable where it connects to the equalizer, or where the cable attaches to the parking brake lever.The point is to tighten the cable. Look for an adjustment screw.

Oct 13, 2008 | 1987 Nissan Pickup

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Parking or emergency Brake problem

Check the hardware for the drum emergency brake inside the the rear disc brakes, these pads are for your emergency brake, there should be an adjustment bolt that just sits between the two pads. Also, check the cables running to this set of pads to make sure they were connected properly. After you have checked the drum emergency brake, follow the cables in the undercarriage and look for the point at which they combine to another single cable, this is the point where the actual cable pressure adjustment is located.

Aug 07, 2008 | GMC Jimmy Cars & Trucks

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