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Old 07-29-2005, 02:30 PM   #1
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Adjust Parking Brake

Hey all, the parking brake on my 2005 SES 5-speed with a whopping 23k miles (eh) seems to be very far out of adjustment. I did a search but didn't find anything. Anyone have the quick and easy on adjusting the parking brake, or do I need to go buy the book?

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Old 07-29-2005, 05:47 PM   #2
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My P-Brake feels kinda soft too, I and only got 1500 miles. Is that the way its supposed to feel, like its not grabbing till the top. I remember the brake on my Capri being pretty tight.

Hey, I'd love to see some pics of the bird. I've wanted an SC 5-spd for as long as I can remember.

BTW, if you have an ST, you've got a 2.3 Duratec. (Good choice on that purchase also)
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:09 PM   #3
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it says in his sig that he has the 2.0 dura...and sorry i dont know how to adjust the e-brake, though i would like to do the same on my '00.
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I saw the 2.0 dura in his sig, but on the side it says 2005 Focus ST in his What I Drive

This sux, I'm causing confusion while trying to dissolve it. Oh well, thank God it's the weekend.
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Old 07-29-2005, 07:23 PM   #5
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Hey, I did a how-to on our local site for NorCalers. It's for the '02, but I'm sure its the same concept with all. Here's the link http://teamfocusnorcal.ipbhost.com/i...?showtopic=658
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Oops... good catch on the "ST" in the side sig, thought I'd fixed that :-/ Will check out the link shortly.

Would love to post picks of the bird, sadly, she's been in the shop since MAY OF 2003!!! (but I'm not upset about it!) ... gave the shop a deadline of the end of August to get her running (as I'll be back in Arizona then)... hopefully I'll have some pics (and dyno #s!), still need to get a new paint job though.

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Whew! Thought I was going crazy there for a minute. Sorry to hear about the bird being out of comission, but it sounds like its going to be worth it.
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Unless something odd has happened to the cables, most of the time the back brakes are out of adjustment when the parking brake won't hold properly. This is if you have drums in back. If you have discs, something is stuck really bad and needs to come apart for fixing.

If the drums aren't too far out, you can adjust them by backing up (maybe 5-7 mph) and then stopping briskly. Each stop will cause the self adjuster to click one notch so you might need to stop a couple dozen times to get them adjusted If that fails, you should pull the drums off and take a look.
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I usually back up a bunch due to getting out of the garage and what not, suppose I should have tried adjusting the brakes that way first before asking, didn't think it would be the issue (they are drum btw) because the stopping is fine (although it's true that the fronts do most of the stopping) I'll have to check it out tomorrow before I head to the airport. Definitely an annoyance though!
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I had to read thru half a dozen totally unrelated replys. Can't you guys who do this muster up the courage not to feel compelled to keep putting your useless comments in. What do the moderators do in these threads. There should be some control so that the forums will serve their purpose. This thread is going to loose those auto-intelligent contributors, and then what do you have - a lot of nothing
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