center console removal or parking brake cable adjustment-mk3 Jetta or Passat
Removing the center console or adjusting the parking brake on the mk3 Jetta or Passat
This article shows how to remove the center console or adjust the parking brake, parking brake cables, cleaning the area under the armrest, running stereo wires under the console, etc.
Slide the seats forward and pop out the plastic screw hole covers, 1 each side. Unscrew the phillips screw.
Pull the parking brake handle boot partially off,. The plastic trim just pops off with four tabs and pull the handle straight out. You probably don't have to remove the boot all the way off parking brake handle unless you want to replace the boot.
There are hooks at the front of the center console. these are visible in the pics below. Lift the plastic console at the front end and pull back to remove.
Parking brake adjustment
Remove the center console.
There is a 10mm adjusting nut and a 10mm locking nut that holds the parking brake cable adjuster. Loosen or tighten them as necessary.
Adjust until the parking brake lever on the rear caliper until it just begins to gain tension. Note: picture is of a mk4 Jetta but the way the parking brake works is pretty much identical in the mk3 cars with disc brakes.