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How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Kia Spectra

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Make a simple parking brake adjustment while driving your Kia Spectra. This unique process helps break in the shoes and make your parking brake safe. Do the project at home instead of going to the mechanics shop and save yourself time and money. Use this for years 2000 through 2006. This technique does not require any special tools and you can even make the adjustment while stuck in traffic. Gain a sense of accomplishment by adjusting your own car.

Push in on the parking brake pedal with your foot. Apply 22 lbs. of pressure or make the parking brake adjustment click three times.

Drive your car about a third of a mile, at a speed of approximately 37 miles per hour. This makes the adjuster reset itself.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 approximately three times. This ensures the parking brake adjusts itself.

Hold onto the parking brake when going up an incline 30 percent or greater. The parking brake helps to prevent the car from slipping backward.


  • Repeat the adjustment if the parking brake does not hold after an initial adjustment.
  • Use the parking brake when going up a hill grater than 30 percent to have the adjuster reset itself.


  • Do not drive faster than 37 mph when the parking brake is on, because it wears your brake pads down.
  • Do not apply more pressure than 22 lbs. to the parking brake when driving, because it wears down the pads for the brakes.

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