I have an 07 SC that I've had for a few months now. I love it, however, my E-brake doesn't hold. I don't have a service manual - can anyone pls tell me how to (tell my husband how to) make adjustment needed to make my brake hold.
Your car is equipped with rear brake shoes and are subject to wear, thus changing the friction contact point. In essence, you need the rear brakes adjusted, in doing this your E-brake will not pull up all the way and will hold the vehicle as it was designed. Often over looked by people that think they have 4 wheel disc brakes. It is not expensive to have done and will enhance your braking ability greatly.
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The rear brakes on the E are disc but have a E brake drum inside the disk. To adjust the E brake that is if the handle is going all the way up and the brake is not holding is to remove the cover over the handle. There you will find a 12MM nut and you can tighten it to where the handle will stop about halfway up. You don't want to get it too tight as the little E brake shoes will burn off. If the handle is not coming all the way up and it is still rolling then you will have to get the E brakes repaired, replaced. Both of you need to fill out your profile so we can help you better.
The Element's parking brake is a drum type with separate shoes inside the disc/drum assembly. It is not an "emergency brake". If you use it as such, you will rapidly wear out the shoes. The good news is that after removing the caliper and disc/drum it is a very conventional design and simple to repair.
Minor adjustment is done by removing the center console and tightening the hand brake cable equalizer nut so it is tight with the hand lever pulled up one click.
Major adjustment is done by removing the access plug in the face of the disc/drum and using a flat tip screwdriver to turn the racket teeth on the adjuster assembly; if this is needed it's likely time for new parking brake shoes.
Resurrecting this one- SC parking brake adj of handle is different due to console
Hoping other SC owners chime in. The adjustment nut on the handle is buried due to SC having a different console. I tried to get to it and started with an intricate console and trim removal process to try to get to it. Is this he only way to get to the nut? I did not get it all apart as it was seeming to be too much work/ must be missing something ...
I did put new shoes on ... Maybe just adjust the stars? I want the pull to be in spec- right now it's still more than 8-10 clicks and does not feel as secure as it should be with all new E- brake hardware. Should I just mess with the star adjusters or is there a secret to "easy" access to the nut on the lever/ handle?