Question about 1991 Toyota MR2

3 Answers

Hand break i have had my mr2 for a week and the hand break is not working properly.The car has new pads n discs so foot break is great.can the cable be adjusted n if so where fron.thanx lads.

Posted by on

  • override Aug 28, 2008

    my mr2 is a automatic and failed its mot on the off side rear hand brake ajuster now i would have thourt that the parking brake would have been the hand brake its a bit belt and braces anyway carnt get the ajuster to move ?


3 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Contributor
  • 36 Answers

The last comment is a but wrong. Let me explain why:

The pistions on the rear is ALL MR2s are not the push in type...You need a special tool to screw them in... You can rent the tool for free at your local AutoZone but they charge like a $55 dollar core charge...once you bring it back they refund your money. TRUST ME if you are gonna try this route you want that tool!!! I did a full brake and rotor job on my MR2 3 weeks ago and without that tool I would still be working on them ; )

Back to the brakes though...are you sure they ever really worked properly? The MR2s are notorious about "brake cable freeze" this is where the cable becomes locked in place and feels like its putting pressure on the pads when you engage it, but it really isn't. This happened to me last winter (and it seems to happen most often in the winter) but I haven't fixed it yet. I pulled up so hard on the lever that i snapped the cable in half when I tried to keep the MR2 from rolling.

You may need new cables. If you have someone apply the hand brake for you and you are watching from both sides of te rear of the car (with the wheels off) you should see where the cables attach to the back of the calipers on each side of the car. When it is being engaged you should see the cable pull on the lever on the back of each caliper. If this doesn't happen, then you are the victim of "brake freeze" and if it matters that much to you then you will need to have the bad cable or cables replaced.

Hope this helps! Good Luck!

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 10 Answers

It could be a problem with your rear brake calipers being slightly sieved, i had a similar problem

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 25 Answers

If the rear pads were replaced and the handbrake wasn't released completely this may be the problem, import toyotas of this era normally have a self adjsting park brake set up.... have hand brake released fully and remove rear wheels and callipers, remove pads and push pistom fully back, refit pads, calipers and wheels, pump pedal to seat pads then apply hand brake a few times.. failing this there may be an adlustment under the trim around th lever.. hope this helps

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

What is wrong with the hand brake on my vauxhall vectra C 1.9 fitted new pads and handbrake cable still comes up too high

Hello David, there will be an adjuster but (depending on the age of the vehicle) it might be self adjusting or manual.
Contact customer service : Ask Question Get an Answer ASAP

Jun 15, 2016 | Vauxhall Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

How do i adjust hand break new shoes fitted on a smart for two hand break lever is all the way uo ?

Adjusting the Hand Brake is quite easy

At the bottom of the Hand Brake Lever , you will see the cable with like nuts (teeth) on the cable locked by the lock on the lever it self, you will need to open the lock , take the cable off the lock , drop the handle down and put the cable back on the lever and lock it.

That is how the hand brake is adjusted on the Smart car 2002 model

Mar 14, 2016 | Smart Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

89 gta with 4 wheel disk breaks and the e break does not hold at all. both caliber have been changed and adjusted the small screws on them so the pads are just touching the rotors. the cable has been...

You need to adjust your hand brake (e-brake) you will usually find the adjustment bolt under the console between the front seats, or under the dash, depending on the type of hand brake you have. it looks like two cables going to a crossbar then single cable from the crossbar to the hand brake. at the end of the cross bar will be a nut that you use to adjust the hand brake (make sure you hand brake is off before adjusting it)

Nov 08, 2010 | 1989 Pontiac Firebird

1 Answer

How do I assemble the front break disc pads on a 2004 Toyota Tacoma 2wd?

To install:
  1. Siphon a small amount of brake fluid from the reservoir. Press in the brake caliper piston with the proper tool.
  2. Before installing the new pads, check the disc thickness and disc runout.
  3. Install the pad support plates.
  4. Install the anti-squeal shims to each pad.
    NOTE Apply disc brake grease to both sides of the inner anti-squeal shims.
  5. Install the disc pads so the wear indicator plate is facing downward.
  6. If removed, install the anti-squeal springs.
  7. Carefully install the brake caliper so the boot is not wedged.
  8. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  9. Check and adjust the fluid level. Apply the brake pedal several times.
  10. Roadtest the vehicle for proper operation.

Mar 30, 2010 | 2004 Toyota Tacoma

2 Answers


I recommend you get a Haynes repair manual on your vehicle as there are several adjustments you may need to look at. If this is the first time you have had this problem and have less than 50,000 miles on the brake pads then it is most likely the cable and there are a couple of places to adjust in most cases. If you have 50,000 or more miles on those read pads you may need to replace the rear brake pads. The manual will help you in doing this repair correctly.

Nov 20, 2009 | 2004 Toyota Matrix

1 Answer

Rear brake disc needs replacing

with car on stands use punch to remove pad retaining pins pull out pads can be tight remove 2 calliper retaining bolts move calliper away from disc remove disc retaining bolts remove disc check hand brake shoes and clean look for adjuster between shoes if it has one back it of some models just have hand brake cabel adjustment clean and fit new disc secure adjust hand brake shoes using screw driver through wheel bolt hole clean refit calliper slowley push back calliper pistons fit new pads refit retaining pins do other side pump up brake pedal check and adjust handbrake if neededcheck brake fluid level

Oct 20, 2009 | 2001 Volvo S80

1 Answer

323f Year 2000 Mileage 12000. Discs/pads in good

no the back brakes are self adjusting but there are 2 cables for the handbrake and over they strech and get worn out

Jul 08, 2009 | Mazda MAZDA3 Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

I have a 1996 buick regal 3.8 L V6 with which i am having a lighting issue... The lighting down the entire passenger side will not work. The headlight, turn signal, parking light, tail light and break...

not to shore about the lighting issue but with the breaks it sounds like your caliper slides are seized our your hand break cable is seizing up holding the breaks on, try and remove the pads and see if the caliper flots on its slides if not remove and clean up and regrease the slides if this is fine try having a look at the cable for the hand break make shoure it moves free

Dec 04, 2008 | 1996 Buick Regal Olympic Gold

1 Answer

Brake Problem

hi im dave
hope i can help
when you had the rear pads applied and the discs turned was there noticeable damage to the disc surface it sounds like your e brake cable is not adjusted properly or perhaps the braided wires inside the insulation are seperating along your brake cable causing the rear brakes to not be adjsting themselves properly. Every time the parking brake is applied the rear brakes are self adjusted if they arent being applied due to slack in or a broken cable you will not adjust your rear brakes. This would accont for the flutter in the brake pedal as hydraulic fluid is still circulating to compress the pads against the rotor but the pads arent reaching the rotor.

Jun 22, 2008 | 1998 Mazda 626

Not finding what you are looking for?
1991 Toyota MR2 Logo

349 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Toyota Experts


Level 3 Expert

71694 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22082 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

7031 Answers

Are you a Toyota Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides