The emergency, or parking
brake, uses a small brake drum inside each rear rotor.
It is mechanically operated by a cable system, and is independent of the
hydraulic service brake system. The parking
brake my need periodic adjustment of the shoes to compensate for wear. Here is how to do it:
1. Raise the rear of
the car, place it on jack stands, and remove the rear wheels.
2. Ensure that the
parking brake is fully released.
3. Rotate the brake
rotor until the brake shoe adjuster (star wheel) is visible through the brake adjustment
hole (located between two of the lug bolts).
4. Using a
screwdriver, tighten the brake shoe adjuster until the rotor can no longer be turned by
5. Loosen the adjuster
four clicks, and check for free rotation of the rotor.
If necessary, loosen the adjuster more.
6. Repeat for other
The parking brake cable may need
adjustment if the parking brake lever needs to be pulled up more than 45 clicks to
lock the rear wheels, or if one wheel stops before the other when the parking brake is
Working underneath the rear of the car and with the parking brake
fully released, adjust cables at locking nuts so that equal amounts of thread show on each
cable. Make sure that is slight axial (in and
out) play in both cables at the trailing arms. Check
again to be sure that both wheels turn freely with the parking brake released.