I'm in the same boat...just had a brake job done.... My E-brake isn't holding to well , groans and creak on my driveway sometimes even moves when I try to get out of the car (my drive way has a pretty nice slant)
I checked the nut in my middle console after poping off the cover..and I can tighten/lossen the nut with my fingers! so it's loose....
But What I really wanna know is ....I have 2 Deep set socket sets total of about 60 sockets or so.....and not one of those deep set sockets fix the nut.....so I can't tighten the nut.
does anyone know what size socket that Nut needs in order for me to tighten it?
I have tried 7-9mm and 5/16th anlong with some others.....
I think it was designed for a special tool to use to get in there.. I'll call the dealership when I get off work to see if they'll tell me anything.
Edit - My friend has a Mazda3 as well... I checked his ebrake (ATX).. and ONE click to lock!! while mine is about 9 clicks!!! I even tested it out on the road.. It's almost impossible to lock the ebrake while in motion in my 3..
No need for a special tool. I have done it on my mother in laws twice and brother in laws once. Just need a deep socket....I think a 5/16ths. Thighten it a few turns and then test it. Oh and go for the 4-6 clicks lock. Anything less and you run the risk of riding your E-brake which is a no no. Also as demention7 said, pop the center console off for better access.
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