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#1 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 08:37 AM
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2007 rondo with 35K miles... parking brake very soft and goes to the floor before engaging fully... Already adjusted the brake shoes to be as tight as I dare but the cable feels slack... I would say the adjustment should be at the pedal... but cannot get to it under the dash... anybody know an easy way to take up the slack without total dismantle?....
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look into KGIS, there is a very nice section discussing parking brake adjustment, also how to play with the pedal

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Wheel off, rubber plug out. I cannot see or find the adjusting wheel. Do some Rondos just rely on adjusting the cable?
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I can only "presume" the Carens is no different to the Rondo, to adjust the rears properly on mine I took the discs off & cleaned out all the muck then readjusted as you would any other brake shoes. The only prob is the rear cross member gets in the way so you have to undo the 2 bolts that hold that & drop it out the way, total time of appx 1/2hour.

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PS to above: I noticed a slight lip on the drums so removed this with a good bit of elbow grease & some coarse paper, this just ensured it was easier to refit the drums over the newly adjusted shoes.

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The manual shows adjusting a star wheel with the rubber plug removed from the drum. The manual says nothing about having to remove anything else. When I removed the plug, I could not see ANY sign of that aforementioned adjusting wheel. So I just tightened the cable to get a 3.5" travel.
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Very simple/effective double nut adjuster at pedal. I FINALLY did mine at around 90,000 miles. It was weak from day 1. A little tough on the ol' neck getting in the right position to see/adjust,but not too bad.
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Put the trans in park, block the front wheels. Lift rear wheels off the ground. Make sure parking brake is off. Take wheels off, pull rubber plug. Rotate disc till plug/opening is at the very bottom. Use a slightly hook-shaped tool (I used a bent screwdriver) to engage star wheel. Lever up or down as the case may be to rotate the star wheel to expand the parking brake shoes. Make an adjustment, rotate the disc, make another adjustment. I did mine till they dragged, then back the other way three or so clicks so they just oh-so-barely dragged at one spot in the rotation. I figured that they'd wear themselves in pretty fast that way. Reinstall the rubber plug, reinstall wheels. Done. Oh, to ensure total contact I also put the parking brake on and drove forward a couple hundred feet, then took it off and called it done.
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So you can't actually see the star wheel thru the plug opening?
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if you look through the hole when it's at the bottom with a flashlight you should be able to see it, but the hole really isn't big enough for observation. It's much better (for me anyhow) to go by feel.
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