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Old 03-07-2021, 09:13 PM   #1
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Join Date: Apr 2011
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: QUEENS NY
06 Fxt

Default adjusting parking brake (06 FXT)

I kinda have a hybrid type setup as far as brakes are concerned.
- 06 FXT
- front brakes: Brembos 4 piston calipers
- rear brakes: 06-07 2 piston calipers

So the front has the standard fxt hubs and rears have 06-07 wrx hubs.

My e-brake was not holding as much as I wanted. If I parked my car on an incline I had to pull up on e-brake lever as much as possible and It would hold. If the incline was steep enough , like on some drive ways, forget about it, the car would roll.

I looked up instructions on how to adjust emergency brake from the rear wheel location, not the center console method. For anyone doing this, heres what I did and it worked well.

* put a piece of 2x4 wood in front of the two front tires to prevent car from rolling forward.
* remove e- brake (e-brake not engaged)
* placed jack underneath rear diff and lifted car.
* on the inside of each wheel there is a small rubber tab. pull that out with pliers. (if looking at rear wheels from rear diff its at the 6 o'clock position on each hub.)
* Shine a light inside that exposed area now and you will see a gear looking mechanism.
* that gear is what you spin, with a flat head or a pic in order to loosen or tighten the brake.

***Ensure you rotate this gear in the correct way if you want to tighten up e-brake. Heres how I did it. Again using a clock as reference.

Driver side rear wheel:
- to tighten e brake spin gear clock-wise. So from that access hole from which you propped the rubber seal, stick a flat head in there and spin it downward.

Passenger side rear wheel:
- To tighten e brake spin gear counter- clock wise. So in the reverse direction as you did to tighten driver side rear wheel.

*Pull up on e-brake and attempt to spin rear wheels by brute force. If you
can't then that should do the trick.
* replace rubber grommet.
* lower car.

hope this helps anyone doing this job from the actual wheel location itself.

If you'd like you can also remove the wheels, calipers, then rotors then with everything exposed have access to that gear thing to tighten or loosen as you wish, but the method I described is how I did it without removing any parts and kept the wheels on the car.
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