Adjusting the e-brake on your 1995 Honda Civic will ensure accurate breaking under emergency situations as well as normal parking use. Failing to adjust your e-brake, better known as the parking brake, can cause malfunction in its use and does not allow the rear brakes to properly adjust on your 1995 Honda Civic.
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Things you need
- Jack stand
- Phillips screwdriver
- Adjustable wrench
- Torque wrench
Support the front wheels using a wood block. Raise the rear wheels using a jack. Place a jack stand on each side beneath the frame in the rear of the vehicle.
Remove the console by using a screwdriver to unscrew the screw covers, screws and parking brake trim cover.
Pull the parking brake lever up two notches. Tighten the adjusting nut using the adjustable wrench until the rear wheels slightly drag when they are turned.
Release the parking brake lever two notches and check for drag of the rear wheels. Re-adjust if rear wheels drag when they are turned.
Using the torque wrench, engage a force of 29.9kg. to the emergency brake pedal. The brake pedal should engage in 3-5 notches.
Reinstall the console and lower the vehicle.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure the parking brake arm on the rear brake caliper contacts the brake caliper pin.
- Do not over adjust the parking brake cable or the rear brake self-adjusters will not be able to function properly.
- The brake shoes and hydraulic brake shoe adjustment should be checked and adjusted if needed before proceeding with the parking brake adjustment.
- Excessive heat build up and brake failure may happen if the brakes drag due to over tightening the parking brake cable.
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