Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Adjustments

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DRUM TYPE BRAKES



  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the rubber cover from the backing plate.
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  5. Insert a brake adjusting tool through the hole in the brake backing plate. Turn the toothed adjusting nut to spread the brake shoes, making contact with the brake drum.
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When adjusting the brake shoes, turn the wheel until considerable drag is felt.

  1. When considerable drag is felt, back off the adjusting nut a few notches, so the correct clearance is maintained between the brake drum and the brake shoes. Make sure the wheel rotates freely.
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BRAKE PEDAL



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Before adjusting the pedal, make sure the wheel brakes are correctly adjusted.
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  3. To adjust the pedal free height, perform the following procedure:
    1. Loosen the input rod locknut.
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    3. Adjust the pedal free height to 6.26-6.50 in. (159-165mm) for manual transaxles or 6.65-6.85 in. (169-174mm) with an automatic transaxle.
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    5. Torque the locknut to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-22 Nm); make sure the input rod tip stays inside the clevis.
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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the brake pedal adjustment points



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Fig. Fig. 2: Make sure the input rod stays inside the clevis when tightening the locknut

  1. To adjust the brake light and/or ASCD cancel switch(s)-to-pedal clearance, perform the following procedures:
    1. Disconnect the electrical connector from the brake light and/or ASCD cancel switch(s).
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    3. Loosen the brake light switch and the ASCD cancel switch locknuts.
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    5. Turn the switch(s) to adjust the clearance between the pedal stopper and the threaded end; the clearance should be 0.012-0.039 in. (0.3-1.0mm).
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    7. Torque the brake light and/or ASCD cancel switch locknuts to 9-11 ft. lbs. (12-15 Nm).
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    9. Connect the electrical connector to the brake light switch and/or the ASCD cancel switch.
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  3. Check the pedal free-play; it should be 0.040.12 in. (13mm). Make sure the brake light is off when the pedal is released.
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  5. Check the brake pedal depressed height with the engine running. It should be 3.54 in. (90mm) for 1993-94 models. For 1995-98 models it should be 2.76 in. (70mm) for manual transaxles or 2.95 (75mm) for automatics. If the height is under these specifications, check the system for leaks, accumulation of air or damage to the components, such as: master cylinder, wheel cylinder or etc.; make the necessary repairs.
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