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Parking Brake Cable

ADJUSTMENT

1993-94 323, 929 and Miata and 1993-95 MX3 and 1993-97 626, MX6 and Protege
Fig. 1:Exploded view of the parking brake components

  1. Make sure the parking brake cable is free and is not frozen or sticking. Make sure the brake shoes are properly adjusted.
  2. With the engine running, forcefully depress the brake pedal 5-6 times.
  3. Apply the parking brake while counting the number of notches. Check the desired parking brake stroke; it should be 5-7 notches.
  4. If adjustment is required, remove the adjusting nut clip and turn the adjusting nut which is located at the front of the parking brake cable.
  5. After adjustment, check there is no looseness between the adjusting nut and the parking brake lever, then tighten the locknut.

    NOTE: Do not adjust the parking brake too tight. If the number of notches is less than specification, the cable has been pulled too much and the automatic adjuster will fail or the brakes will drag.

  6. After adjusting the lever stroke, raise the rear of the vehicle and safely support. With the parking brake lever in the released position, turn the rear wheels to confirm that the rear brakes are not dragging.
  7. Check that the parking brake holds the vehicle on an incline.
    Fig. 2:Parking brake adjusting cover  1995 MX3 and 1995-97 626, MX6 and Protege

    Fig. 3:Parking brake adjusting nut  1995 929

    Fig. 4:Parking brake adjusting nut  1995-97 Millenia

1995 929
  1. Make sure the parking brake cable is free and is not frozen or sticking. Make sure the brake shoes are properly adjusted.
  2. Apply the parking brake while counting the number of notches. Check the desired parking brake stroke; it should be 5-7 notches.
  3. If adjustment is required, turn the adjusting nut located at the base of the parking brake lever.
  4. After adjustment, check there is no looseness between the adjusting nut and the parking brake lever, then tighten the locknut.

    NOTE: Do not adjust the parking brake too tight. If the number of notches is less than specification, the cable has been pulled too much and the automatic adjuster will fail or the brakes will drag.

  5. With the parking brake lever in the released position, turn the rear wheels to confirm that the rear brakes are not dragging.
  6. Check that the parking brake holds the vehicle on an incline.
1995-97 Millenia
  1. Make sure the parking brake cable is free and is not frozen or sticking. Make sure the brake shoes are properly adjusted.
  2. Raise and safely support the rear wheels.
  3. Apply the parking brake while counting the number of notches. Check the desired parking brake stroke; it should be 7-9 notches.
  4. If adjustment is required, remove the adjusting nut cover and turn the adjusting nut located at the front of the parking brake cable.
  5. After adjustment, check there is no looseness between the adjusting nut and the parking brake lever, then tighten the locknut.

    NOTE: Do not adjust the parking brake too tight. If the number of notches is less than specification, the cable has been pulled too much and the automatic adjuster will fail or the brakes will drag.

  6. With the parking brake lever in the released position, turn the rear wheels to confirm that the rear brakes are not dragging.
  7. Lower the vehicle.
  8. Check that the parking brake holds the vehicle on an incline.
1993-95 RX7
  1. Make sure the parking brake cable is free and is not frozen or sticking. Make sure the brake shoes are properly adjusted.
  2. With the engine running, forcefully depress the brake pedal 5-6 times.
  3. Apply the parking brake while counting the number of notches. Check the desired parking brake stroke; it should be 7-10 notches.
  4. If adjustment is required, remove the console panel and remove the adjusting nut clip and turn the adjusting nut which is located at the front of the parking brake cable.
  5. After adjustment, check there is no looseness between the adjusting nut and the parking brake lever, then tighten the locknut.

    NOTE: Do not adjust the parking brake too tight. If the number of notches is less than specification, the cable has been pulled too much and the automatic adjuster will fail or the brakes will drag.

  6. After adjusting the lever stroke, raise the rear of the vehicle and safely support. With the parking brake lever in the released position, turn the rear wheels by hand to confirm that the rear brakes are not dragging.
  7. Check that the parking brake holds the vehicle on an incline.
 
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