by Rex Molder
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Toyota 4Runner SUVs are equipped with an emergency / parking brake, located between the console and the driver’s seat. The brake allows drivers to manually control the rear brakes via a cable, which is useful when the vehicle is not running (parked) or in the event of a hydraulic failure (emergency). Although the brake adjusts only under normal conditions, over time the cable can stretch and may require manual adjustment.
Slowly pull up on the parking brake handle and count how many clicks it takes to fully engage the brake. It should take seven to nine clicks to activate the brake. Anything more means the cable is too loose and anything less means it is too tight. In either case, you need to adjust it.
Release the parking brake lever. Unscrew and remove the knobs from the shift lever and transfer case (4WD models) by unscrewing them counterclockwise. Remove the screws on both sides of the console and lift it up until it clears the shift levers. Put it aside.
Use pliers to turn the parking brake adjusting nut, located on the right side of the parking brake handle. Turn the nut clockwise to tighten the brake and counterclockwise to loosen it.
Recheck the brake cable tension by counting the clicks. Continue adjusting the brake until you are within the range of seven to nine clicks. Release the parking brake.
Return the console to its correct position by placing it down on the shift lever (s). Replace the console screws. Screw in the gearshift knobs by turning them clockwise.
- When the console is off, take the opportunity to lubricate the parking brake handle hinge mechanism with a small amount of lubricant, such as WD-40.
- Position the console screws where they will not get lost while you work.
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- Phillips screwdriver