How to Adjust the Rear Brakes on a Kia Sportage

Updated April 17, 2017

The Kia Sportage is equipped with front-wheel disk brakes and rear drum brakes. The front disc brakes are self-adjusting. The rear brakes, however, can get out of adjustment over time. While it's a good idea to take your Kia Sportage in for a professional brake inspection after every other oil change, you don't need a professional to adjust the back brakes. You can complete the task in less than 15 minutes.

Drive your Kia Sportage to a parking area or road where there are no pedestrians or moving vehicles.

Stop the Kia Sportage in an area where you can drive it in reverse and achieve 20 miles per hour or greater in a safe manner.

Shift the Kia into reverse and safely accelerate to 20 miles per hour. Step on the brakes sharply and bring the vehicle to a halt as quickly as possible to adjust the back brakes.

Things You'll Need

  • Kia Sportage
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