Emergency brake adjustment ignored

Discussion in 'Prius v Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Barb Cranston, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. Barb Cranston

    Barb Cranston Junior Member

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    I asked Spartan Toyota of Lansing to address e brake at 10,000 service interval which was ignored totally. The service writer made a note of it and even told me they'd adjusted the brake, but of course it behaves the same with little or no holding power when applied (after they adjusted it).

    I use the brake often to avoid undue strain on the transmission when parked on an incline; the emergency brake had very little foot-lb pressure when new (Spartan quote: "nobody uses the emergency brake anyway!") and Spartan ignored my first complaint re inadequate braking power at rest.

    q: anybody else having an issue with their emergency brake and/or dealership who refuses to hear the customers's view?

    Any information greatly appreciated.
     
  2. richard schumacher

    richard schumacher shortbus driver

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    The easiest way to make a dealer pay attention is to go to another dealer.
     
  3. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

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    never had a dealer who listened in 40 years. they're the experts, not you. they tell you what you need, not vive versa.:rolleyes:
    p.s., did you drive from mass to lansing for service?:p
     
  4. The Critic

    The Critic Resident Critic

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    IIRC the shop manual calls for 7 clicks, I posted a thread about this at one point. I had to adjust mine at around 15k because it took nearly 15 clicks to fully engage.

    If the V is anything like the lift back, all you need is two 10mm boxed-end wrenches to adjust it. It is a 15 min job.
     
  5. C Clay

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    I have the same issue. I have to push down really hard and i think it only goes 3 clicks. I'm 250 lbs and 6'- if I press hard enough to get seven clicks I think I would rip it off into the floor. Can I take this anywhere to have adjusted? I'd like to stay away from the dealership if possible- I'm new to this area.
     
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    No...actually I am very wrong. About 14 clicks later it has little to no effect
     
  7. camry25

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    Where is this adjustment located?
     
  8. The Critic

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    Follow the e-brake pedal up...you need to remove the kick panel and the trim pieces of the door and the large piece of trim that also houses the hood release lever (iirc).