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Hi,

I have a 06 spectra, although I think it's just the same as the '03 ones, they just seemed to make them later here in Malaysia.

I wanted to ask how can I adjust the handbrake - I've done this a number of times on drum brakes, but never with rear discs. I also want to know the best way to disconnect the cable so that I can remove the pads and replace them - they're looking thin.

Any help much appreciated.

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to adjust the handbrake/emegency brake you have to unbolt your center console you dont have to completely remove the center console but just remove all the screws that holds it in place and lift it from the back i believe you are going to need a 10mm open wrech to tighten it. lefty loosey righty tighty FYI. and as far as replacing rear brake padsmake sure the hand brake is down and the car is on park. jack the car up remove the rear tire 12mm u need 12mm to remove the calipertake old pads out replace new pads you are goin to need this cube thing from a part auto store or do what i did i used channel locks and a screw driver if you dont have the cube thing for the rear brake. but it will be alot easier if you buy it its only like 7Dollars.put the retractor on the rear disc cylinder and keep turning ituntil it retracks but make sure to push while your turning. and repeat the process backwards to put it back on.
 

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and you dont have to disconnect the cable to replace your brake pads on the rear
 

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but if you want to its very easy. pull the lever down where the cable connect with grip flyers and pull the turn the cable out.
 

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Boss, thanks for replies. I can see how to remove the cable, it just felt a bit tight, but I guess I could get some pliers on it!

What do you mean that you don't have to remove the cable to replace the pads? On front discs I would typically undo the lower pad mounting bolt and hinge the thing up, but I can't with the handbrake cable there. Would you undo the top bolt and hinge down?

With the cube thing - is that just like a g clamp type thing to push the piston back?

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on the rear brakes its actually a cylinder that screws in not like the front where you just have to push the piston back. and the "cube thing" is nothing like the g clamp you put your wrech on it and turn it to push the caliper back.
 

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if you want i can make a video on saturday and post it on youtube saturday evening and i will the link on here. if you can wait till then.
 

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cube

Hi, that's a very kind offer, but you don't need to go to all that hassle! I just took the caliper off to have a look at the piston and I see what you mean, it's solid. So I guess by cube you mean something like this:

Draper 52334 3/8-Inch Square Drive Rear Caliper Wind Back Cube: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools

and I guess you can then attach a wrench to it to turn the piston. I tried with some pliers, but would not budge!

Do you recall is it clockwise to retract the caliper?

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if you use a pliers you have to use a screw driver too cause you just cant turn the piston you also have to push the piston back while your turning it.and always turn right to like your tighten a screw.
 

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Hi,

I think my problems are bigger than pads. The pedal has started going all the way to the floor, and s a little spongy with the engine off. I took it into the garage who said there was no leak. They then keep telling me new (official) pads will fix the problem. Now they tell me that Kia brakes are just like that, and maybe I should upgrade the master cylinder. But that doesn't make sense. The car has ABS, but that rarely kicks in when I try it because the pedal hits the floor and the car rolls to a stop slowly. If there's no leak in the system, then the master cylinder must be playing up. How do the brakes feel on your KIA? I worried the malaysians may have downgraded the master cylinder - is there a way I can tell?

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i had the same problem with mines and i dont have ABS on my spectra5. i was told the same as far as the car when stopping, i floor the brakes and it does not lock at all and feels alittle spoungy. i replaced my rotors all the way around and used ceramic brake pads and i can feel the diff. Kias period brakes heats up quick thats probly why you feel the spoungy feeling when you brake hard. i used some drilled and slotted rotors with ceramic brake pads from ebay they sell the whole kits for under $200.00 i got mines for $150.00
 

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also if your pedal is goin to the floor when the car is off you might wanna check for leaks if none is found try replacing your brake booster.
 

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TT2 you haven't got a clue what you're talking about are are giving poor and potentially dangerous advice.

Hand brake cables should never be adjusted from the leaver unless fitting a new cable.

The hand brake should always be adjusted from the rear wheels, if you know how to do it it's quicker and easier.
 
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