125K miles. Ever since I inherited the car about 10 years and 90K miles ago the car spends a lot of time parked and the p-brake is always used.
Lever-type parking brake needed adjusting (maybe second time). I looked at my Haynes manual and searched the internet, and got conflicting info:
Method A – disassemble center console and turn a bolt inside there to take up slack in cable (I think I saw that done with my late '00 Camry).
Method B – remove rear wheels and adjust star-wheel inside each p-brake drum (integral with rear disc?).
I decided to take it to my Trusted Independent Mechanic. They reported that they opened the center console and adjusted p-brake as much as possible, but for any more adjustment the cable would have to be replaced.
Questions (man, do I feel ignorant):
Does the '04 LE, in fact, have rear disc brakes with integral drum for p-brake?
If so, does it have the star-wheel adjustment for p-brake?
If yes, do I need to talk to my mechanic about why they adjusted it by taking slack out of the cable?
If tightening cable is, in fact, the right way to adjust the p-brake, should I be surprised that I will need a new cable (I realize that it might take another 50K miles to get there)?