How To Adjust Emergency Brake On Disc Brakes?

The emergency brake is an important functional part of your car. As emergency brake is important so you should know  HOW TO ADJUST EMERGENCY BRAKE ON DISC BRAKES. The majority of the vehicle are yet running on the road with a built-in drum on the rear wheels. The functional system of emergency brake varies from one to another.

But on the conventional model or most of the sedan car, there is a bit of similarity visible. You need to have a look at your emergency brake from time to time.

If you do not want to end up with your car at an expensive car garage, then you should sort out the problem related to the adjusting of your emergency brake.

That’s why, in this post, we’re going to teach you how to adjust emergency brake on disc brakes.

When Do You Need to Adjust the Emergency Brake?

The best place to check whether your emergency brake is okay or not is any road that has a good elevation than the usual flat road. Take your vehicle to an area where the road has a sloped surface.

Then park your car and pull the parking brake and see at one point your gear becomes fully engaged. Also, check that after pulling the gear, your vehicle is going from the high elevation to the low elevation road.

Try to check that whether the gear is fully engaged until it reaches the ultimate limit or not. If you see that at the same time your car is moving toward the downward side of the road, then you need to check and adjust your emergency brake.

But still, before going for any adjustment, have a final look at your car's owner's manual to find if the engagement of the emergency brake gear is all the way down or it is from the one-third of the final pull.

How To Adjust Emergency Brake On Disc Brakes

How to Adjust the Emergency Brake?

There are some steps you should follow to adjust your car's emergency brake properly. These are the following:

Step 1: Lift Your Car Using Car Lift

It would be better if you first take off the car from the ground by using a car lifting machine. Then take two car jacks on two sides of the rear side of the car.

Make sure you are not putting your jacks under any softer surface. After fixing under two harder parts of your car, then remove the car lift. 

Do not entirely depend on a just car lift. If it becomes loose, then a major accident can happen to you.

Step 2: Assess Your Cable

If you are facing any complexity related to your emergency brake, then you should have a look at your cable. Check whether the cable is disconnected or not.

Now, as the car is not on the ground so you can easily go under your car, now inspect the cable under the handbrake lever.

If there is any stiffness noticable due to any problem which is hampering the cable to move, then you know there is a problem. It would be better if one more person is with you so he/she can pull the handbrake, and you can check if the cable is moving or not. If no one is there, then you have to do it on your own.

Step 3: Find Out for Cable Complexity

First, check the cable without pulling and then check it without pulling.

If the cable doesn’t move, then spray any oil, which will make it smoother. But if you can not pull the cable after giving oil, then you need to buy a new cable. 

On the other hand, if the cable works smoothly after the lubrication of the oil, then you can continue to ride with the existing cable.

Step 4: Have a Look on Your Rear Wheel

Now you open the wheel and rotate the brake rotor. On the rotor, you will find a black colored rubber covered circle. Remove it with the help of a screwdriver.

After rotating it, you can see a star wheel through the gap of the disc. You will see the adjuster wheel when the disc is on a six o clock position.

Then, you take a screwdriver and move the star wheel adjuster upward and make it sufficiently tight. Now you again adjust the star wheel with 7-8 downward step by using the screwdriver.

Now you can see that the disc is moving at a smooth pace. This means you have adjusted the star wheels correctly.

Step 5: Pull the Emergency Brake

Now you go lower the car by removing the jack and the car lifter. Make sure your both rear-wheel are tightly fixed.

All you need to do now is to go to your driver seat and start the car after pulling up your emergency brake. Try to move your car on the front side by putting your feet on the gas pad.

If you see the car is not moving forward, then your job is done as a first-timer. But if the car moves smoothly, then there might be other underlying problems which would be difficult for you to find out.

How To Adjust Emergency Brake On Disc Brakes


If you own an auto gear car most of the time, your car's emergency brakes are not in any use. By that time, it may get stiff or can be loosened.

By applying the steps mentioned above, you can ensure a good inspection of your emergency brake and can make a proper adjustment.

Even if you fail to make a fine adjustment, then you should visit the nearest car garage as soon as possible.


John D. Archer is a mechanical engineer and writer based on the area of automotive accessories at, A resident expert and professional, John is passionate about all things automotive and loves to share his knowledge. He has good experience in all kind of automotive accessories. He has worked as a chief mechanical engineer in some reputed automotive garage firm.

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