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Brakes loose parking brakes on 1998 Pontiac grand am, how do I adjust or tighten up?

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  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    yes - i have the same problem. doesn't appear to be an adjusting nut anywhere along the cable -- and it's loose enough so it won't pass inspection. help!

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The cable that applies the brake is adjustable, in order to adjust it you will need to jack the car up, the adjustment will be on the drivers side.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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Yes you can fix the problem but you need a little bit of farm boy technology and it takes two people.

1st; take the drivers side tire off. (do not pull off the drum)
2nd; engage parking brake.
3rd; you will need two pair of vice grips. Clamp the cable so when you release brake, you will have slack. You will clamp the cable where it goes into the black plastic sleeve heading into the tire.
4th; release brake
5th; now the second person can reach in from the tire side and pull on the main plastic sleeve and by doing this, it will pull out of the metal brace. (there may be a very small pcs of metal you may have to bend out with a screw-driver, dont worry about it if it brakes, you will not be bending it back)
6th you need to find a split washer with an inside diameter of aprox 7/16; and it needs to be roughly 1/2 inch in length. put a round punch in a vice with the split washer on the punch and hammer it down so the washer opens up.
7th; now with the 2nd person pulling on the sleeve as stated above you can fit the split washer on the cable and slid it onto the so called keeper or bolt.
8th; take a pair of pliers and clamp the split washer around the keeper.
9th; the helper can now let go of the sleeve and everything goes back into place.
10th; release both pairs of vice grips and you will now see that eveything is tighter giving you a parking brake.

My daughter had NO parking brake and now she only needs to pull it about 1/3 of the way. We also changed her brakes giving her a little bit more.

That may be the first thing you need to check befor going to my solution.

The whole solution without changing the brakes only took me an hour and now that I have done it once, it would only take me maybe a half an hour. Just take your time and study how the mechanics works, it will make since once you see it.

Sorry emissionwiz, there is no adjustments to make.

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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Hi jtelya, the 93-98's (not sure about newer models) don't have an adjustment. They actually are adjusted automatically by a mechanism in the pedal/lever assembly. There are 2 things u can do though, 1. check the rear brakes, they probably need to be adjusted, which in turn will help your parking brake work better. 2. If this doesn't solve the problem, the brake cables may have stretched beyond the limits of use, and u will have to replace them. Let me know if just adjusting the rear brakes works. Good Luck!

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