Honda Civic/Del Sol 1996-2000

Parking Brake Cable

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Detach the parking brake cable from the parking brake lever

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Loosen the lug nuts, then raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Disconnect the parking brake switch electrical connector.
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  7. Release the parking brake lever, then disconnect the parking brake cable.
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  9. Remove the parking brake lever assembly.
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  11. Remove the brake shoes as necessary to access the cable attached to the brake shoe bracket, and disconnect the cable.
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  13. Slide a 12mm offset boxed end wrench onto the brake cable to compress the cable-to-backing plate retainer, and slide the cable through the backing plate.
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  15. Remove the parking brake cable guide brackets attached to the vehicle's underbody and remove the cable.
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  17. Installation is in reverse order of the removal procedure, making sure upon completion the parking brake is properly adjusted.
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ADJUSTMENT




CAUTION
An overadjusted parking brake cable may not allow the rear brake self-adjusters to function properly.

The parking brake shares the brake shoes with the hydraulic brake. If the shoes are worn and the hydraulic brake shoe adjustment is not functioning properly, they should be checked and adjusted before proceeding with the parking brake adjustment. A typical symptom of a brake system that may need adjustment is when the parking brake is released, the hydraulic brake pedal is pumped repetitively 3 times and the pedal height and/or pedal pressure increases.


WARNING
Overtightening the parking brake cable may cause the brakes to drag causing excessive heat build up and brake failure.

  1. Remove the screw covers, screws and parking brake trim cover.
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  3. Turn the adjuster as needed to attain the proper adjustment.
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Make sure the brakes do not drag when the parking brake lever is released.

  1. Reinstall the trim cover.
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  3. Depress the pedal 2 notches.
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  5. Tighten the adjusting nut at the pedal assembly until the rear brakes just begin to drag when rotated.
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  7. Release the parking brake lever and check that the wheels do not drag when turned. The parking brake should engage in 3-5 notches when a force of 66 lbs. (294 Nm) is applied to the parking brake pedal.
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  9. Lower the vehicle.
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