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Handbrake adjust?

Had the Rav4 for three weeks now and I'm starting to notice things I'd like to change or adjust. One thing that I'd like to adjust myself is the handbrake pull distance. I prefer to have the brake on full when the lever is lower. Seems to me to be quite high in travel before it holds the car firm. I've always used the handbrake in any car I've had (saved my bacon a few times in some older cars I owned when I was a lot younger!). Anyway, when I've had brake work done and the handbrake has been adjusted there is always is a lot less travel to lockup.

Has anyone adjusted their own? Where's the adjustment made from (inside or outside)? Thanks in advance.

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Call your dealer and see if they are willing adjust it for free.

Pretty sure it is like the 4.3: Adjusting "Parking brake" and removing center console

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I guess I should but I've always been the type who likes to do things I can do myself, and the things I can't do (brake service etc.) I leave to the experts.

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Before we put this thread to rest, is there any other wisdom from the members regarding the handbrake adjust. I'm sensing that it would probably be better left to the pros to sort out.

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Did you see the link i posted above? Was it of any help?

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Did you see the link i posted above? Was it of any help?
Hi Vanib, saw the post, thank you for that, but I'll need to look at the link a little more closely to determine if I should adjust from the brake shoe end or the console end (if I do the job myself). The way I'm leaning is to let the pros do it for me (hopefully for free). Again, thanks a lot.

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The way I'm leaning is to let the pros do it for me (hopefully for free).
Don't count on it. It's a wear item, like brakes, clutch, etc. Hope you get some goodwill.
You sound like a reasonable guy, so a reasonable request might do it. Keep us informed.

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I would usually say "adjust the shoes" but given that it is a new car and assuming that the hand brake locks completely after 7 to 9 clicks, seems like you are trying to get a custom job done to meet your needs.

The dealer should normally charge fancy people like you

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The dealer should normally charge fancy people like you
Fancy - I resemble that remark!

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Your dealer may not adjust them. I'm guessing that there's a limit that they must be within. If the lever has lots of movement before it holds the wheels from turning then they will probably adjust it but if it's within the factory range you might get a run around.

The shoes are self adjusting. Sometimes they don't adjust as well as they should. Try setting the hand brake just enough so they catch but not really hold you. Once you do drive slowly forward and backward a couple of times. Sometimes that will help the ratchet mechanism click to the next notch.

The adjustment under the center console is for removing slack in the cables. If it has slack then no adjusting of the shoes will help. That should have been set at the factory and rarely needs adjusting.
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