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Adjusting the Parking / Hand / Emergency Brake?


Sep 30, 2014
Springfield, VA
So, I replaced the stock pads with Carbotech AX6 pads this weekend. Was pretty easy to do (thank you YouTube), and...I know everyone else already knows this but...wow, what a huge difference!

Only issue I've run into is the parking brake now has quite a bit more travel in it than I would like. It still bites, and holds the car, but the handle moves more than before.

Does anyone know where the adjustment for this is? Sometimes it's on the calipers, sometimes it's in the middle of the cable...under the car, sometimes the adjustment screw is built into the handle.

Rather than trying to find it, I figured I would ask first...save myself some Easter Egg hunting.

P.S. I did a forum search and didn't come up with anything, but I might have been using the wrong term. Is it a "parking" brake, an "emergency" brake, or a "hand" brake?


Active Member
Apr 29, 2012
Santa Cruz, California, United States
If you ebrake has lots of travel and appears to not be engaging like it should, double check your ebrake cable is properly connected to the lever on the rear caliper. I had the same issue before, thought I needed to adjust but found that one cable had bumped itself off the lever mechanism.

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