How to Adjust Brake Pedal Height

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Your vehicle’s brake pedal is one of the most important components of your vehicle. If the brake pedal is set too high or too low, your ability to stop your car may be compromised. Stopping your car too late, or too soon, can result in an accident and serious injury.

Adjusting the 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 vehicle's brake height yourself, or your brake is having issues stopping your car quickly, visit a dealership or mechanic.

Step 1 - Check the Brake Pedal Height

Start by checking the brake pedal height to determine if your car's brake pedal is in the proper position. The brake pedal should be an inch higher than your car's gas pedal. Most domestic car manufacturers do this. Some imported cars, however, have gas and brake pedals at the same height.

Step 2 - Look for the Brake Push Rod

A man hits a brake pedal.

You need 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

Brake and gas pedals.

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 removed. Make sure that the lock nut is locked tight.

Once you have tightened the lock, do a few brake tests at low speed to check if you need to re-adjust the height of your vehicle’s brake pedal before going out for a routine drive.