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Old 04-16-2005, 10:50 PM   #1
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Question just installed new rotors and pads. now parking brake needs adjustment?

I just installed some racing brake slotted rotors and carbotech bobcats on my '04 wrx wagon. This was the first time I attempted a brake install, and everything went fairly smoothly.

Right after the installation, I noticed that the parking brake won't engage unless I pull the handle all the way up to the center console. Even as far up as it goes, it doesn't seem to grip as hard as it used to.

Is it normal for the parking brake to require adjustment after changing the pads and rotors? Or could I have damaged something during the install?
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Old 04-16-2005, 11:19 PM   #2
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Is it normal for the parking brake to require adjustment after changing the pads and rotors? Or could I have damaged something during the install?
No and yes. What it sounds like is that your aftermarket rotors aren't made to the correct spec for the e-brake shoes. You'll have to tighten up the e-brake. What kind of rotors did you get (so the rest of us can avoid them)?
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Old 04-17-2005, 12:05 AM   #3
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Your parking brake shoes need adjustment... they are like drum brakes... turn the nut to spread them out until they make a slight drag contact with the rotor on. How this helps... also you may need to bed them in.. drive slow with hand brake slightly up. This is what I do. take care.
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Old 04-18-2005, 08:57 AM   #4
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thanks! I'll try adjusting the brake.
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Old 04-18-2005, 12:28 PM   #5
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(what kind of rotors did you get?)
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Old 04-18-2005, 01:25 PM   #6
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Rading comprehension much?


Racing Brake is the brand.

I installed the same combo and had the same issues. I didn't feel like taking it apart to adjust the rears, so I just pulled the e-brake while rolling backwards a few times to get them tightened up. It was still not very tight for the first couple months, but now the e-brake works like normal.

I've been told that anytime you install a new rotor you will need to adjust your e-brake, regardless of brand.
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Racing Brake is the brand.

I installed the same combo and had the same issues. I didn't feel like taking it apart to adjust the rears, so I just pulled the e-brake while rolling backwards a few times to get them tightened up. It was still not very tight for the first couple months, but now the e-brake works like normal.

I've been told that anytime you install a new rotor you will need to adjust your e-brake, regardless of brand.

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Old 04-18-2005, 02:24 PM   #8
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yeah the rotors were the Racing Brake slotted rotors that come with the SubyDude 1.3 kit.

The adjustment actually looks pretty easy:

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every time you apply the parking brake it adjusts slowly. thats why fliz works better now than when he adjusted them. every time a new rotor is installed the parking brake needs to be adjusted. they should need to be brought together to get the rotor on the vehicle since the old ones have worn down a bit and the new ones have not. they will need to be seated also but this can be done any way you can get some friction on the pads, i.e. drive backwards with it on. it also is a quicker way to adjust if it is only out a little.
i would not mess with the lever, there is an adjustment star wheel in the drum area. go to the inside of the rear hubs and pull the oblong rubber grommet and use a small flathead or a brake adjustment tool to spin the star down, i believe, to adjust the shoes out.

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