How to Adjust Brakes on a Car

To adjust brakes on a car, let’s perform these steps:  We’ve now raised a vehicle up to a higher height to gain access to the underside. Here, we’ll see the actual hole for the adjustment.

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Next, remove the plug so and use the brake adjusting tool to make the adjustment. Looking at the star wheel self-adjuster, I determined earlier what I needed to do is to push down on it. And what we will do is spin the wheel and at this point where we don’t really have any drag. The wheel spins pretty freely without me even touching it. Once I’ve spun it up to speed, what I will do now is I will begin to turn that star adjuster wheel and feeling for signs that we’re starting to get drag on the shoes. So when the gap has been taken up, it’s properly adjusted and there’s a little bit of drag (but not too much).