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[DIY] E-brake tune

Sorry guys, pictures had to be taken from my cellphone, don't expect them to be very clear!
And also... there may be some English problems (the tech stuff)!

What you need:
- 12 sprocket key:
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/3931/dsc00590vu1.jpg
- ALOT of patience (you'll see why)

1- Open the lid on the arm rest:
2- Take out the "floor" piece:
3- Find the sprocket on the end of the cable that comes from the e-brake. You'll find that there are 1 cable "coming in" that splits in to 2 (for each whell):

4- To pull so that you get less travel, you should tighten the sprocket (rotate it clockwise). If you want to loosen it, rotate it the other way. Since this is a very tight area, you can only move a few millimeters in each rotation.

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Do not tighten it to much, you may set it to be always braking.

When if that out the "flooring" piece, you can see 2 bolts. If you loosen them you can tune the center console alignment. There are a few reports that the arm rest touches the seat when you open it. This is how you should center it.

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Wow, well done for that information, there shoudn't be anymore comments about the hand brake again :-)
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Thanks Freakzoide, i was going to do this DIY sooner or later, i had seen myself that cable under piece of mat so i thought i'll experiment on this in the future.It looks like prety straight forward job and ther's not much that can go wrong as long as you don't overtighten it. I'll post my results later.
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Bloody great!

I've just been out and adjusted mine

It now locks on the 4th click. I used a one of these which make life a lot easier.


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Thumbs up Sorted!

Sorted my one aswell, now handbrake starts working at second click and have a good hold at 4-5 clicks. Have to get used to shorter travel of lever and a bit stronger pull but in general it's much beter then it was(why they wouldn't do this at the KIA factory or why local dealers wouldn't bother?).
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I did second service recently, and I asked them to tighten my handbrake. However. they didn't do it from within the cabin, they removed my rear wheels and did some adjustments there. I don't know why they prefer not to do it from within cabin.
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Thks for the info FrEaKZoIdE, yr contribution makes this forum a worthwhile read. Done and dusted on mine.
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I was surprised when I first realized that they have put a piece of upholstery in that box instead of a piece of plastic or something. Somebody could lose some small items stored inside, or even block a handbrake. Ceed seems well put together overall but there are a few details like this and poor quality plastics at the bottom part of the inside door panels.

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I was surprised when I first realized that they have put a piece of upholstery in that box instead of a piece of plastic or something. Somebody could lose some small items stored inside, or even block a handbrake. Ceed seems well put together overall but there are a few details like this and poor quality plastics at the bottom part of the inside door panels.
I'd say it does it's job fine. It's thick, so I don't see the need of a plastic thing there!

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I did second service recently, and I asked them to tighten my handbrake. However. they didn't do it from within the cabin, they removed my rear wheels and did some adjustments there. I don't know why they prefer not to do it from within cabin.
That's the correct way to do it! This should be used for small adjustments.


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I'd say it does it's job fine. It's thick, so I don't see the need of a plastic thing there!
Probably. But picking up that piece of fabric from the bottom of the box and removing it feels like you`ve purchased USSR car from 1956. I`ve never seen anything like that in modern cars.

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