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1997 explorer how do i adjust the handbrake?

There is no visable adjuster to cable

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    Colin Stickland May 11, 2010

    is it drum or rear disks

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You have to adjust the break off the back caliper. however most cars have self adjusters. My guess is that you used your E brake alot and stretched the cable that goes to it.

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