How to Adjust Brakes on a Car

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In order to adjust a car's brakes, the vehicle will have to be raised in order to see the actual hole to make an adjustment. Learn about the tool needed to adjust a car's brakes with help from an ASE-certified master automobile technician in this free video on car brakes.

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Now we're actually going to perform the adjusting process. If we, we've now raised the vehicle up to a higher height to gain access to the under side. Here we'll see the actual hole for the adjustment. I've removed the plug so that we can actually use our brake adjusting tool to make the adjustment. I determined earlier in looking at the star wheel self adjuster, that what I needed to do, is to push down on it. And what we will do is, is spin the wheel and at this point we don't really have any drag, it spins pretty freely without me even touching it, once I've spun it up to speed. And what I will do now, is I will begin to turn that star adjuster wheel and feeling for signs that we're starting to get drag on my shoes. So when the gap has been taken up, now it's properly adjusted. There's a little bit of drag but not too much.

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