Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Cables

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The parking brake is a mechanical type which applies braking force to the rear wheels through the rear brakes. The cable, attached to the parking brake lever, extends to the equalizer and to both rear brakes. When the lever is pulled, the cable becomes taut, pulling both the parking brake arms fitted to the brake shoes or rear calipers.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. If equipped with an air bag, disconnect the negative battery cable and properly disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as detailed in Chassis Electrical .
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  3. Remove the access cover at the rear of the console. In some cases, removing the console may be necessary for access. Loosen the adjusting nut until the cable ends can be disconnected from the equalizer. With the cables detached, the parking brake lever may be removed, if desired, by removing the mounting bolts holding it to the floor.
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  5. Loosen the lug nuts, then Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
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  7. Remove the rear wheels.
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  9. On disc brake equipped vehicles, pull out the lock pin, remove the clevis pin and remove the clip.
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  11. On drum brake equipped vehicles, remove the brake drum and brake shoes. Disconnect the cable from the backing plate.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a box-end wrench to depress the retaining tangs, then slide the cable out of the backing plate

  1. Detach the cables from the cable guides and remove the cables from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Fit the cable loosely into place. Begin reattachment at the rear brake shoes or calipers. Make certain the cable is routed correctly and firmly seated in it mounts.
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  3. Connect the cable(s) at the lever inside the car.
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  5. Install the cable bracket retaining bolts. Do not allow the cable to become kinked or bent. Make certain the rubber boots are in place where the cables pass into the cabin.
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  7. Adjust the cables.
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  9. Lower the vehicle to the ground and check for proper brake operation.
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  11. If equipped, enable the SRS system and connect the negative battery cable.
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ADJUSTMENT



See Figures 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

If the rear brakes have been serviced or replaced, start the engine and press the brake pedal several times to adjust the brakes before adjusting the parking brake cable. Incorrectly adjusted rear brakes (disc or drum) will affect the function of the parking brake mechanism.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
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  3. On rear disc brake equipped vehicles, make sure the lever of the rear brake caliper contacts the brake caliper pin.
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  5. On drum brake equipped vehicles, make sure the rear brakes are properly adjusted.
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  7. Pull the parking brake lever up 1 notch.
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  9. Remove the access cover at the rear of the console or remove the rear seat ashtray. On some models, it may be necessary to remove the center console to gain access to the adjusting nut. Tighten the adjusting nut until the rear wheels drag slightly when turned.
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  11. Release the parking brake lever and check that the rear wheels do not drag when turned. (Don't confuse a light brushing noise with drag; you'll feel the drag.) Readjust if necessary.
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  13. With the equalizer properly adjusted, the parking brake should be fully applied when the parking brake lever is pulled up 7-11 clicks on 1984-89 Accord and 1984-91 Prelude or 4-8 clicks on 1990-95 Accords and 1992-95 Preludes.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the access cover at the back of the console



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the screws securing the back of the console and position it aside



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Fig. Fig. 4: Adjust the cable as necessary through the adjusting nut



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Fig. Fig. 5: Parking brake cable routing on drum brake equipped models



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Fig. Fig. 6: Parking brake cable routing on disc brake equipped models

 
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