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99 escort emergency brake adjustment

10-31-2009, 09:55 PM
So after draining my bank account for 4 new tires and a cat converter for my adorable little car.... I still failed the inspection for a safety violation-

The E-Brake/ Parking brake.

My father jacked up the car but couldn't find the adjustment.

Does anyone know where the adjust it? Is it relatively easy to get to?

We'd like to just be able to try to maybe tighten it and hopefully fix it before needing to take it to a garage.

If anyone could help it, you would be my hero!

11-01-2009, 05:22 PM
The adjusting nut is under the console next to the brake lever.

11-01-2009, 10:47 PM
Don't know about the '99 but here are my experiences with my '94... (later model should be similar or better design I'd imagine -- but then may have rear disc brakes instead of drum)

'94 LX ~238k miles - There are basically four total adjusters (including the balancer) in the parking brake system, three of which are automatic and should render the one at the lever useless once calibrated at the factory.

When I found that the parking brake lever could be easily maxed-out, it was because the actuating lever at the driver-side wheel was frozen. Once off the ground and with the p-brake lever maxed, I could still easily roll that wheel while the other remained firmly locked. The problem was resolved by removing all parts (with exception to the master cylinders) from the drum, cleaning and greasing all surfaces, simulating movements then reassembling.

But based on my experiences, and observations, unless the cable is damaged or somehow slips, the rear alignment or frame grossly altered, it should never become necessary to adjust the parking brake lever on the '94 Escort.

11-03-2009, 06:22 PM
I agree. If there is too much play in the emergency brake handle the rear shoes need to be adjusted up or replaced. It should not be necessary to readjust the parking brake lever. If you did adjust it up you would never be able to get the rear drum off to replace the rear shoes without readjusting (loosening) the parking brake cable.

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