With Rear Disc Brakes
Perform the break-in using the following procedure when replacing the parking brake linings or the rear brake disc rotors, or when brake performance is insufficient.
- Adjust the parking brake stroke to the standard value. The standard value (with an operation force of about 45 lbs.) is 4-5 notches.
Hook a spring scale onto the center of the parking brake lever grip and pull it with a force of 22-34 lbs. (100-150 N) in a direction perpendicular to the handle.
- Drive the vehicle at a constant speed of 22-31 mph (35-50 km/h) for about 328 feet (100 meters).
- Release the parking brake and let the brakes cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Repeat the procedure in steps 2 to 4, four or five times.
- Pull the parking brake lever with a force of about 45 lbs. (200 N) and count the number of notches. The proper range is 4-5 notches.
- If the parking brake lever stroke is not the standard value, adjust as outlined in the following steps.
- Remove the floor console assembly.
Loosen the adjusting nut to move it to the cable rod end so that the cable will be free.
Remove the rear brake adjusting hole plug. Then insert a flat-tip screwdriver to turn the adjuster to the arrow direction (to expand the shoe) until the parking brake shoe makes contact and the disc can no longer be turned. Back off the adjuster to the opposite direction by five notches.
- If the parking brake lever stroke is below the standard value and the braking is too firm, the rear brakes may drag.
- Adjust the parking brake lever stroke to the standard value by turning the adjusting nut. After the adjustment, ensure that there is no free play between the adjusting nut and the parking brake lever.
- After adjusting the parking brake lever stroke, raise and safely support the rear end of the vehicle, then release the parking brake and turn the rear wheels to make sure the rear brakes are not dragging.