I drive a 2007 Hyundai Tucson. I’ve been told by my father (who’s not a mechanic and knows little to nothing about cars) that my vehicle has self-adjusting brakes. Does such a thing exist?
I remember right before I had my new brake pads put on (about more than a year ago), my brake pedals felt “light” and I would have to press down really hard to come to a stop, which prompted the need for new brake pads. At that time my brother-in-law (who is more competent in all things mechanical, electrical, etc.) was pulling the hand brake up and hitting/tapping the brake pedal at the same time, when I told him about the issue.
Another thing I noticed is when I put my vehicle in park, and then pull the hand brake up as much as I can and then tap the brake pedal the pedal sort of “locks”, and when I resume driving it the next day or later on, my braking is a lot better /quicker. Is that a good thing? Should I continue to do that? Again, my father recently told me that pulling the hand brake up too far will cause damage to the brake lines, and that I should only pull it up half-way (which I don’t think does much of anything).
Please advise me on what’s the best thing to do here. Thanks!