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: How To: E-brake Adjust (w/ Pics)


sje0123
02-25-2005, 08:07 AM
After months and months of having my e-brake come up ~30 clicks I finally got around to adjusting it. It was very easy to do. The only problem I ran into was that my adjustment nut is tightened to the bottom of the nut. There will be no future adjustments to it. It now only takes 8 clicks to engage the e-brake. Nissan recommends 6-7.

Now onto the process:

You will first need to remove the plastic piece that surrounds the rear cupholders. (Highlighted in Red) Simply get a firm grip and pull toward the rear of the car. Be careful to not break the clips.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1450r.jpg

After that piece is removed there are two screws at the rear base of the console. Remove these.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1449r.jpg

Now you will need to move the the covered screw which is located just under the tip of the e-brake when released. Pop the cover off with a flathead screwdriver and remove the screw.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1443r.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1442r.jpg

You will now need to pull out the shift surround. Get a grip on the area closest to the rear of the car and pull up and out (toward the dome light). Once it is loose remove the shift knob and pull the surround off. It will still be connected by a harness that feeds the cig lighter. Push in on the white tab (pointed to by blue arrow) and pull out.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1441r.jpg

There is another harness that will need to be disconnected. It feeds the second cig lighter. Simply push the white clip in and release. It will make things a little easier if you also remove the ash tray.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1436r.jpg

Under the HVAC Controls there will be a plastic piece that surrounds your storage area. Grab the front corners (Pointed to by Red arrow) and pull out firmly. The piece will pop out. Just sit it aside.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1447r.jpg

On each side of the center console there are two screws. Remove these. You will also need to remove the plastic extension pieces (Highlighted in Red). Just grab them and pull toward the cars doors. They are very easy to remove.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1446r.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1444r.jpg

The console is now loose from the car. Do what you can to get it out. it will take some maneuvering but will eventually come out.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1438r.jpg

The adjustment nut is located just under the e-brake handle. Tighten it down while the e-brake is disengaged. Test it every few turns to see how many clicks it allows you to pull up. Nissan recommends 6-7.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1435r.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1434r.jpg

Now put it all back together and be happy you have now recovered every pieces that has fallen into your e-brake hole. I found a bunch of pens and a key.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/sje0123/E-Brake%20Adjust/DSCF1448r.jpg

SR20dee
02-25-2005, 08:16 AM
good write up :D

DevlynSyde
02-25-2005, 08:20 AM
Nice work. :)

lawngn0mex
02-25-2005, 08:26 AM
good writeup and such. let me know if you need help hosting the files.

piknockout
02-25-2005, 08:31 AM
Why did you paint your interior panels red? Looks pretty ugly IMO, but nice write up!

sje0123
02-25-2005, 08:34 AM
Why did you paint your interior panels red? Looks pretty ugly IMO, but nice write up!
LOL I didn't paint them red. I adjusted the color with photoshop so the part I was talking about stood out better by highlighting it. :rolleyes:

minnspecV
02-25-2005, 08:36 AM
hmmmm, thats alot of work

I did mine without taking any of the interior out

I used a deep well socket and bent the plastic guard back to reach it

You dont really need to take it all apart to get it adjusted

sje0123
02-25-2005, 08:39 AM
With the amount of adjustment mine needed, it would have taken all day. This was much easier IMO.

bmil03
02-25-2005, 08:41 AM
Why did you paint your interior panels red? Looks pretty ugly IMO, but nice write up!
yea you did a great job painting them... :D jk i know you did it to the pictures so they would make it easier to follow directions. I'm going to do this today, my ebrake handle is stupid so i need to get to a respectable 6-7-8 clicks. Thanks for the great write-up

JP
02-25-2005, 08:47 AM
hmmmm, thats alot of work

I did mine without taking any of the interior out

I used a deep well socket and bent the plastic guard back to reach it

You dont really need to take it all apart to get it adjusted

I agree here. It is so simple to just pull the e-brake up a little, get the deep well in there, let the handle down, and adjust away. IMO you went thru way to much work for that.

sje0123
02-25-2005, 08:51 AM
Nissan's FSM suggests to do it this way. I had also spilled soda into the console so I took advantage of it being apart to clean it. I had to turn the nut until it would turn no more. This made the bolt was too long for me to even fit a deep socket over it. I needed to use a wrench. There is no way to do this without taking it apart.

piknockout
02-25-2005, 08:52 AM
Yeah, a lot of work but still a great writeup Scott.

And I was joking about "painting" the interior. I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid! :D But I like the highlighting idea, makes it very easy to see what you're talking about.

minnspecV
02-25-2005, 08:54 AM
Right, there is no more adjustability by taking the damn thing apart. Like JP said, all you have to do is: lower the brake, tighten with deepwell, lower the brake more, tighten in more, etc etc. You can do this until the brake lever is starting to be functional even though its almost all the way down. I did this and turned the bolt until it couldnt go an further physicaly. It was at the end of the threads. I works wonders now.

But considering I went all the way to the threads, I would argue that taking the interior apart got someone a tighter ebrake. To the end of the threads is the end of the threads.

Unless you enjoy tinker toying around and taking stuff apart for the fun of it, you dont need to do the proceedure in this thread! Nice write up for future reference if someone needs to get into there for another reason though.

bmil03
02-25-2005, 08:55 AM
What size socket was it?, i dont wanna try using the wrong size first and then drop it down in there. Then i would have to take it all the way apart just to get the socket out.

sje0123
02-25-2005, 09:01 AM
10mm......

sje0123
02-25-2005, 09:09 AM
Right, there is no more adjustability by taking the damn thing apart. Like JP said, all you have to do is: lower the brake, tighten with deepwell, lower the brake more, tighten in more, etc etc. You can do this until the brake lever is starting to be functional even though its almost all the way down. I did this and turned the bolt until it couldnt go an further physicaly. It was at the end of the threads. I works wonders now.

But considering I went all the way to the threads, I would argue that taking the interior apart got someone a tighter ebrake. To the end of the threads is the end of the threads.

Unless you enjoy tinker toying around and taking stuff apart for the fun of it, you dont need to do the proceedure in this thread! Nice write up for future reference if someone needs to get into there for another reason though.

Like I said before the deep socket WOULD NOT WORK. It would not fit all the way down onto the nut. I was stuck at home with the snow and had the time to do it. I would have gone a bought a deeper socket had I not had time. Had I known people would have been d|cks I would not have wasted my time on this write-up. I was just trying to help people understand how things go together and come apart.

Almost everyone complains about their e-brake. I was offering them an option to fix it.

Engmus
02-25-2005, 09:23 AM
I wouldn't recommend having it all the way down as I did, it broke my emergency brake completely.

HOWEVER find anohter 10 mm nut and put it ontop the other one, tighten that one all the way down and smile at the results, its badass.

lawngn0mex
02-25-2005, 09:24 AM
Like I said before the deep socket WOULD NOT WORK. It would not fit all the way down onto the nut. I was stuck at home with the snow and had the time to do it. I would have gone a bought a deeper socket had I not had time. Had I known people would have been d|cks I would not have wasted my time on this write-up. I was just trying to help people understand how things go together and come apart.

Almost everyone complains about their e-brake. I was offering them an option to fix it.

I appreciate it.. They're just jealous because they broke their rear cupholders :D

sje0123
02-25-2005, 09:33 AM
I appreciate it.. They're just jealous because they broke their rear cupholders :D
Thanks man. And the results are great. My e-brake went all the way back. It touched the back of the slot for the handle. It was pointing at my map lights. It still worked, but barely.

neworleans_Spec
02-25-2005, 09:42 AM
i did that the other day. got the nut as tight as it can go, still takes about 10 clicks to engage, and it still sucks...meaning i could put a bic pen on either side of the tire and it'll hold better that just the e-brake.

lawngn0mex
02-25-2005, 10:25 AM
i did that the other day. got the nut as tight as it can go, still takes about 10 clicks to engage, and it still sucks...meaning i could put a bic pen on either side of the tire and it'll hold better that just the e-brake.
check your rear pads.

CRIMNOLE
02-25-2005, 02:53 PM
Like I said before the deep socket WOULD NOT WORK. It would not fit all the way down onto the nut. I was stuck at home with the snow and had the time to do it. I would have gone a bought a deeper socket had I not had time. Had I known people would have been d|cks I would not have wasted my time on this write-up. I was just trying to help people understand how things go together and come apart.

Almost everyone complains about their e-brake. I was offering them an option to fix it.

thanks for the writeup sje0123. i thought it was a great writeup. even though my e-brake is fine, i can refer to this if i ever need to take out my console.

wrk2spec
02-25-2005, 03:33 PM
swell job,very detailed and explained properly.nice

st0k3d
02-25-2005, 08:19 PM
i took my rear brakes off to paint my calipers, and put everything back etc... now my ebrake doesnt work any advice? i know the lil cable is in right and everything, i checked it when i re-did my suspension

neworleans_Spec
02-25-2005, 08:29 PM
check your rear pads.

just changed pads and rotors. actually it didnt start doing it till after i changed them. it was always loose, but not this bad.

SR20dee
02-26-2005, 06:17 AM
doesnt sound like you put the hardware back on correctly