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Old 08-06-2008, 06:21 PM   #1
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1998 Legacy 2.5gt

Default hand brake issues on my 98 gt.

Hey guys, I have a 98 gt sedan and my hand brake does not work unless I pull it to the highest click. Any of the other settings and my car will roll..... What can I do to fix this?
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Old 08-06-2008, 11:00 PM   #2
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There are two different adjustments. If you remove the center console (not all that hard, I think it's 6 or 8 screws total) you'll see where the 2 cables connect to an equalizer bar that connects to the handle. There's a threaded portion that's dual nutted (one nut with another nut acting as a jam nut) - loosen the jam nut and you can take up some of the slack, then lock down the jam nut again.

At the rear brakes, on the backs of the backing plates (so you can see it as you're lying under the car looking outwards) is an oval-shaped rubber plug. Remove that plug and inside there is a little toothed wheel that you can rotate to adjust the positioning of the shoes for the drum brake. I can never remember which way you need to go to tighten or loosen , so I just do the the trial and error bit.

The first adjustment is much easier, so I'd try that first.

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Old 08-07-2008, 08:26 AM   #3
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98 Z/28, VN 900 custom


Yup. Sounds like it just needs to be adjusted.
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:52 PM   #4
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Thank you very much guys for the quick response. I will try he first one as it sounds like it is alot easier.
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