i have a 98 zx2 5sp and i want the e-brake to actually work what would this take to do and a cost?
Thanks for your help
Start at either end and work your way back.
Might as well get all the parts working right.
We have 3 cables - a short one, and one to each rear wheel.
Any fault means a new cable is needed. Good luck lubing them or fixing them for more than short period.
The brakes should be cleaned and lubed. All sorts of parts have to be free to move . Lots of areas to use a small amount of grease.
First things first, make sure your ebrake is actually adjusted correctly. just remove the console that surrounds your ebrake (2 screws), when you get that off just tighten the nut (there is only one) and keep checking if your ebrake has more tension. This fixed my ebrake problem and took me 10 minutes. If tightening the nut doesn't work (You need to tighten it A LOT) then you probably have a snapped cable or some other problem. Don't tighten it too much though because you will snap the cable
Cost: Ten minutes of your life
Find out what is wrong and fix it.
If you only adjust the cable, and it sticks locked up, pry the E brake lever back [on the backing plate] with a screwdriver to release it.
First see if the cables work freely. Then check the rear brakes for condition and adjustment is correct.
Check the parking brake adjuster/lever and the return springs.
Just tightening the cable will do nothing if the rear brakes are not in good condition.
Using the parking brake also adjusts the rear brakes.
If memory serves, the actual spec is something like 20 lbs of force (to pull the handle up, not on the nut) at the 7th notch up. Maybe it was higher, not sure. But that'll get you in the ballpark.
Never knew it was this simple. I rarely use the parking brake, but mine barely worked until today. Going the non lazy way still only took 5 min.
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