How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Toyota Corolla

Adjusting your parking brake on your Toyota Corolla from home saves you time and money because you don't have to take your car to the mechanic. Expect it to take no more than one hour to make the adjustment and you'll feel successful about your accomplishment. The most difficult part of the process is removing the console inside the car, which takes patience.

Locate the hand parking brake on the inside of the car between the driver's seat and the front passenger seat.

Remove the console covering from around the hand parking brake. There are two pieces to unscrew and remove. Notice the two rods sticking out from the back metal plate. Attached are two nuts that adjust the hand parking brake.

Use your pliers to turn the nuts around the two rods sticking out the back of the hand parking brake.

Test your adjustment and pull up on the hand parking brake lever. The lever should click six to nine times. Use your pliers to adjust the nuts again to achieve the desired number of clicks.

Replace the hand parking brake console covering.


Be careful not to screw the nuts too tight and strip out the screw. This causes the parking brake cables to require replacement instead of tightened.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
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