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Old 07-17-2008, 08:55 PM   #1
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Emergency Brake Doesn't Work

2002 Nissan Sentra, automatic.

Not that it's a big deal, but unless I pull the emergency brake all the way up, the car won't stop. Even when it's pulled up all the way, it barely holds. Is there a way I can fix this for cheap at home. It's not really worth going to a mechanic over and I really only use it in empty lots .

Anybody have suggestions?
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:38 PM   #2
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2002 Nissan Sentra, automatic.

Not that it's a big deal, but unless I pull the emergency brake all the way up, the car won't stop. Even when it's pulled up all the way, it barely holds. Is there a way I can fix this for cheap at home. It's not really worth going to a mechanic over and I really only use it in empty lots .

Anybody have suggestions?
What does your manual say about adjustment?
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Old 07-18-2008, 05:39 PM   #4
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What does your manual say about adjustment?
It says:

Parking Brake
6 to 7 Clicks - under pulling force of 44lb (196N)

From the released position, pull the parking brake lever up slowly and firmly. If the number of clicks is out of the range listed above, see an authorized Nissan dealer.

I pull it up probably 10-12 clicks and it barely holds.
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:39 PM   #5
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Parking Brake
6 to 7 Clicks - under pulling force of 44lb (196N)

From the released position, pull the parking brake lever up slowly and firmly. If the number of clicks is out of the range listed above, see an authorized Nissan dealer.

I pull it up probably 10-12 clicks and it barely holds.

sounds like that came from your owners manual, not the repair manual.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:19 PM   #6
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sounds like that came from your owners manual, not the repair manual.
Sounds like you're right.

I don't want to waste money on a repair manual though, because it's my dad's car so I'm only driving it for another month or so.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:45 PM   #7
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Sounds like you're right.

I don't want to waste money on a repair manual though, because it's my dad's car so I'm only driving it for another month or so.

So you wouldn't spend that small of an amount for your own father?? Shame on you.
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It's an automatic, when do you use the hand brake other than to impress people? lol Seriously though, could that be a safety issue?

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if something bad happens to your regular brakes it could be a safety issue, there is a reason it is called an emergency brake.
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if something bad happens to your regular brakes it could be a safety issue, there is a reason it is called an emergency brake.
Yeah but in the owner's manual it's called a "parking brake". Not once in the entire book is it referred to as an "emergency brake". Semantics aside, I see what you mean. I'll tell my dad to fix it though--I can barely save money without fixing his brakes lol.
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Old 07-19-2008, 03:00 AM   #12
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Jeezuz how hard is it to pull the console off and adjust the two cable nuts going to the hand brake lever? It's probably mainly cable stretch, but also check your rear brake/handbrake pads.
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