Your car’s brake pedal is one of the most vital parts of your cars. If the brake pedal is set way too high or too low, your ability to stop your vehicle may be compromised. Stopping your vehicle too late, or too soon, can lead to an accident and serious injury.
Adjusting the car brake pedal height is something any DIY enthusiast can do with a little effort following these easy steps. If you do not feel confident enough to adjust your car brake height yourself, or your brake is having issues stopping your vehicle quickly, visit a dealership or mechanic.
Step 1 – Inspect the Brake Pedal Height
Begin by checking the brake pedal height to know if your car’s brake pedal is in the proper position. The brake pedal should be an inch higher than your vehicle’s gas pedal. Most domestic car manufacturers do this. Some imported vehicle, however, has gas and brake pedals at the same height.
Step 2 – Check for the Brake Push Rod
You have to know where the brake push rod is before you can adjust the height of the brake pedal. At the right side of the brake pedal is a rod that is connected to the brake pad level through the floor of your car into the engine. This is the brake push rod.
Step 3 – Remove the Lock Nut
Using a wrench, remove the closest nut that connects the brake pedal and the push rod.
Step 4 – Adjust the Height
Using a pair of pliers, twist the push rod in a clockwise direction to increase the height of the brake pedal. If you need to lower the brake pedal you can do so by twisting the push rod counter clockwise.
Step 5 – Lock Nut
The last step is to tighten the nut that you previously took out. Make sure that the lock nut is locked tight.
The moment you have tightened the lock, do a few brake tests at low speed to inspect if you need to re-adjust the height of your car’s brake pedal before going out for a routine drive.