How to adjust the e-brake on a honda civic

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How to adjust the e-brake on a honda civic
Emergency brake to be adjusted (Modern leather interior of the new car image by terex from

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
  • Jack stand
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Torque wrench

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Remove the console by using a screwdriver to unscrew the screw covers, screws and parking brake trim cover.

    How to adjust the e-brake on a honda civic
    Screwdriver used to remove screws (screwdrivers and screws image by Kokhanchikov from
  3. 3

    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.

    How to adjust the e-brake on a honda civic
    Nut to be adjusted (nut image by Sheldon gardner from
  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Using the torque wrench, engage a force of 29.9kg. to the emergency brake pedal. The brake pedal should engage in 3-5 notches.

    How to adjust the e-brake on a honda civic
    Torque wrench used to check for proper engagement of the brake pedal (torque wrench and accessories image by Christopher Dodge from
  6. 6

    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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