How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in Toyota Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Making parking brake adjustments in your Toyota car are somewhat challenging for a beginner because the adjustment requires you to get underneath the Toyota car. Save money and adjust the parking brake yourself at home instead of taking your truck to the mechanic. You do not need to raise the Toyota car on a lift; a simple pair of pliers is all you need.

Under The Hood:

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Toyota Tacoma

Adjust From Inside on Models 1999 or Older

Remove the console cover that holds the parking brake lever on the inside of the truck. Locate this console between the driver's seat and the front passenger seat.

Adjust the nuts that hold two wire rods sticking out of the back of the metal plate. Move the nuts slightly with a wrench or pliers and then test your trucks brake. Keep adjusting until the parking brake holds the truck in park.

Replace the parking brake console cover.

Adjust Underneath the Truck on Models 1999 or Older

Raise the rear end of the Tacoma. Jack up the truck and place jack stands underneath it for support.

Locate the wire cables running from each of the rear wheels to the center of the truck. Adjust the nut that holds where these two cables come together. Use your screwdriver to adjust the nut.

Lower your Tacoma using the jack and removing the jack stand. Test your adjustment by pulling upon the hand brake lever and noticing the car sticking in park.

Adjustment for Years 2000 to 2006

Raise the rear end of the Tacoma. Jack up the truck and place jack stands underneath it for support.

Remove the rear wheels using your tire iron and locate the hole where the star adjuster nut is held. Place your screwdriver in the hole and adjust the nut until the discs do not turn anymore.

Move the adjuster nut back eight notches. Put the tires back on and lower your vehicle.

Press in on the parking brake with 33 ft-lb of torque or pressure. Drive your vehicle at 31 mph for a quarter of a mile.

Repeat Step 4 two to three times to set the parking brake. Release the parking brake fully and then set the parking brake to the tightest position. Your vehicles parking brake should hold while your vehicle is parked on a slope.

Items you will need

  • Wrench or pliers

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Screwdriver

  • Tire iron

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Toyota Tundra

Adjust the Parking Brake Cables on Models 1999 or Older

Jack up the rear side of your Toyota Tundra using your jack. Place a jack stand underneath each rear wheel to support the Tundra while you make the adjustment.

Locate the wire covered cables that come from each of the rear wheels. Follow along each cable until they meet together. Adjust the connector that holds the two cables, using your screwdriver. Remove the slack or loosen the cables.

Lower your Tundra with the jack and remove your jack stands from underneath.

Adjust the Star Wheel Adjuster on Models 1999 or Older

Raise your Toyota Tundra rear wheels using the jack and support each rear wheel with a jack stand.

Place your truck in park. Leave the parking brake off.

Get underneath the truck and locate the adjustment hole in the inside of the wheel well. Use your screwdriver to insert into the hole and turn the star wheel adjuster.

Turn the star wheel adjuster until you can feel tension in the wheel when it turns around.

Lower the Tundra and remove the jack stands.

Adjust the Parking Brake on Models 2000 to 2006

Raise your Toyota Tundra using the jack and support each rear wheel using your jack stands.

Get underneath the truck and locate the adjustment hole in the inside of the wheel well. Use your screwdriver to insert into the hole and turn the star wheel adjuster until you can no longer turn the wheel wells.

Turn the adjuster nut back eight notches. Lower your car with the jack and remove the jack stands.

Press in on the parking brake pedal with 33 ft-lb of torque or pressure. Drive your car at 31 mph for about a quarter of a mile.

Repeat Step 4 two or three times. Release your parking brake. Press in fully on the parking brake and your car should not move.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Screwdriver

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Toyota Corolla

Locate the hand parking brake on the inside of the car between the driver's seat and the front passenger seat.

Remove the console covering from around the hand parking brake. There are two pieces to unscrew and remove. Notice the two rods sticking out from the back metal plate. Attached are two nuts that adjust the hand parking brake.

Use your pliers to turn the nuts around the two rods sticking out the back of the hand parking brake.

Test your adjustment and pull up on the hand parking brake lever. The lever should click six to nine times. Use your pliers to adjust the nuts again to achieve the desired number of clicks.

Replace the hand parking brake console covering.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Pliers

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Toyota Highlander

Test the parking brake to see how much you need to adjust the cables. The parking brake should click five to seven times when your foot depresses the pedal to the floor of the Highlander.

Release the parking brake pedal and note the number of clicks your Highlander needs adjusted.

Get underneath the Highlander and locate the cable in a "U" shape in the middle of the underneath.

Rotate the long nut attached to the cable at the end of the "U" shape. Move it around one way and move the smaller nut next to it the opposite way with pliers.

Adjust the nut located at the curve of the "U" shape cable. This also makes the parking brake cable tighter.

Press in on the parking brake cable with your foot until you hear five to seven clicks to test the adjustment.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Toyota Camry

Camry Model Year 1999 or Older

Locate the parking brake lever on the inside of the Camry, between the driver's seat and front passenger seat.

Remove the center console and locate the two rods sticking out the back of the metal plate.

Turn the adjuster nuts that are close to the metal plate. Test out the parking brake lever after adjusting. Keep turning the adjusting nuts until the parking brake lever holds the car in place.

Camry Model Year 2000 or Newer

Raise the rear end of the car with the jack and use the jack stands to support the car. Use the tire iron to loosen and remove the lug nuts from the rear wheels. Remove the rear wheels.

Turn the wheel drum around until the small hole is at the bottom of the drum. Locate the drum underneath the car on the inside of each wheel well.

Put your screwdriver into the hole and locate the shoe adjusting screw set. This adjusting nut looks like a star shaped nut.

Screw the nut tight until you can't rotate the drum.

Unscrew the nut about four times or clicks, until the drum rotates again. Replace the tire.

Repeat Steps 2 through 5 for the other rear tire. Remove the jack stands with the jack and lower the car.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Tire iron

  • Screwdriver

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