How to Adjust a Parking Brake in a '95 Mx-5

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How to Adjust a Parking Brake in a '95 Mx-5
Adjust the emergency brake on your MX-5 to keep it in place on inclines. (steering wheel and dash of British sports car image by Bo Widerberg from

You can adjust the parking brake on your 1995 Mazda MX-5 right from your home garage, saving time and money. You will know that it's time to adjust your parking brake when the vehicle starts to slip when parked downhill. Adjusting the parking brake takes up the slack in the parking brake cable, allowing the parking brake to be more effective. You only need a few basic tools to do the job.

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Things you need

  • Ignition key
  • Wrench
  • 4 wheel chocks
  • Jack
  • 2 jack stands

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  1. 1

    Start the engine. Step on the brake pedal so it goes all the way to the floor four times. Shut off the engine.

  2. 2

    Locate the centre console cover between the driver's and passenger's seats. Unhinge the hooks. Remove the cover by lifting up.

  3. 3

    Find the adjuster nut attached to the parking brake cable. Tighten the nut with the wrench.

  4. 4

    Lift up on the hand brake one click. Start the engine and look on the instrument panel to see that the parking brake light is on. Disengage the hand brake.

  5. 5

    Put wheel chocks behind and in front of the front wheels. Lift up the rear end of the Mazda with a jack. Slide jack stands under the vehicle next to the two rear wheels. Lower the vehicle onto the stands.

  6. 6

    Spin the rear wheels forward with your hands. If you've done the adjustment correctly, they should spin freely.

  7. 7

    Raise up the vehicle, slide the jack stands out of the way and lower the car to the ground. Remove the jack and wheel chocks.

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