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Old 10-26-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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Parking Brake Adjustment - How?

I've been doing all the routine maintenance on my 06 RTX and now have 45k miles and am noticing that my parking brake is requiring more pedal pressure to engage to the point it holds securely. It would appear the cable has stretched and it's time for adjustment.

I don't have a shop manual and this is not covered in the owners manual. Does anyone have the adjustment instructions that could be shared? Pics would be a terrific addition as well. BTW, I searched the forum and didn't find any instructions so sending this out for your help.....

Thanks,

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Old 10-26-2009, 01:32 PM   #2
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Re: Parking Brake Adjustment - How?

The parking brake is an expanding pair of shoes that contacts the "drum brakes" inner part of the rear rotors. Between the two shoes is an adjustment gear that you crank with the tip of a screwdriver (or the appropriate brake adjustment tool).

Remove the rear wheels. On the rotor near the wheel studs you'll see a rubber plug, remove it. Rotate the rotor so that the hole is on the bottom. If you peer in there with the help of a flashlight you'll see the little toothed gear that you have to pry around with a screwdriver. I think if the tip of the screwdriver goes up you are tightening - sorry its been a while and you'd have to search out one of my previous posts on it. Anyway, tighten until you feel drag, put the parking brake on and off a few times to make sure the shoes are set, then slack it off a little so there's no drag. Reinstall the rubber plug and you're done.

More info in post http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/f...072#post434072
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:53 PM   #3
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Re: Parking Brake Adjustment - How?

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The parking brake is an expanding pair of shoes that contacts the "drum brakes" inner part of the rear rotors. Between the two shoes is an adjustment gear that you crank with the tip of a screwdriver (or the appropriate brake adjustment tool).

Remove the rear wheels. On the rotor near the wheel studs you'll see a rubber plug, remove it. Rotate the rotor so that the hole is on the bottom. If you peer in there with the help of a flashlight you'll see the little toothed gear that you have to pry around with a screwdriver. I think if the tip of the screwdriver goes up you are tightening - sorry its been a while and you'd have to search out one of my previous posts on it. Anyway, tighten until you feel drag, put the parking brake on and off a few times to make sure the shoes are set, then slack it off a little so there's no drag. Reinstall the rubber plug and you're done.

More info in post http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/f...072#post434072
Manual says this is for when you replace the brake shoes.

There is an adjustment nut by the park brake pedal. maybe start with this.
Manual says to lift rear wheels off the ground, tighten the adjustment nut till there is slight drag on the rear wheels, then turn back the nut in 1/2 turn increments till you get the appropriate tension. Should be 10 to 12 clicks of the pedal with 66 lbs force.
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:08 PM   #4
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Re: Parking Brake Adjustment - How?

Thanks much. That sounds like a fairly easy task.

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Re: Parking Brake Adjustment - How?

Doesn't the Ebrake auto-adjust when you back up?
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