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Loose emergency brake on 2004 Saturn Vue

How do you tighten the emergency bbrake?

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  1. Apply and fully release the park brake several times. Verify that the park brake lever releases completely.
  2. Turn ON the ignition. Verify the red BRAKE warning lamp is not illuminated.
  3. If the red BRAKE warning lamp is illuminated, verify the following:
    • The park brake lever is in the fully released position and against the stop.
    • There is no slack in the park brake cable.
  1. Turn OFF the ignition.
  2. Disable the SIR system.
  3. Remove the front floor console.
  4. With the park brake lever in the released position, using ONLY hand tools, loosen the adjusting nut completely to the end of the front cable threaded rod.
  5. Raise and support the vehicle.
  6. Remove the rear tire and wheel assemblies.
  7. Adjust the rear drum brakes.
  8. Ensure there is no brake shoe drag after adjustment by rotating the brake drums. If drag exists, re-center the brake shoes and perform the brake shoe adjustment again.
  9. Install 2 wheel nuts to the wheel studs and firmly hand tighten in order to retain the brake drums.
  10. Lower the vehicle to permit access to the park brake lever.
  11. Raise the park brake lever 1 detent position. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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  • Ronnie Wilson Jan 14, 2009


    1. Using ONLY hand tools, tighten the park brake cable adjusting nut (1) until light to moderate drag is exhibited while rotating the rear brake drums.
    2. Attempt to rotate the rear brake drums. There should be no rotation forward or rearward.
    3. Fully release the park brake lever.
    4. Verify the park brake is released by rotating the rear brake drums. The drums should rotate freely and exhibit no brake shoe drag.
    5. If the drums do not rotate freely, repeat the park brake cable adjustment procedure.
    6. Raise the park brake lever 3 detent positions and attempt to rotate the rear brake drums:



      • One of the brake drums should not rotate forward or rearward.
      • The other brake drum should not rotate forward or rearward, or should require substantial effort to rotate.


    1. Raise the vehicle.
    2. Remove the wheel nuts retaining the brake drums.
    3. Install the rear tire and wheel assemblies.
    4. Lower the vehicle.
    5. Install the front floor console.
    6. Release the park brake lever.
    7. Enable the SIR system.

  • Ronnie Wilson Jan 14, 2009

    SORRY Broke all Up




    1. Using ONLY hand tools, tighten the park brake cable adjusting nut (1) until light to moderate drag is exhibited while rotating the rear brake drums.
    2. Attempt to rotate the rear brake drums. There should be no rotation forward or rearward.
    3. Fully release the park brake lever.
    4. Verify the park brake is released by rotating the rear brake drums. The drums should rotate freely and exhibit no brake shoe drag.
    5. If the drums do not rotate freely, repeat the park brake cable adjustment procedure.
    6. Raise the park brake lever 3 detent positions and attempt to rotate the rear brake drums:



      • One of the brake drums should not rotate forward or rearward.
      • The other brake drum should not rotate forward or rearward, or should require substantial effort to rotate.


    1. Raise the vehicle.
    2. Remove the wheel nuts retaining the brake drums.
    3. Install the rear tire and wheel assemblies.
    4. Lower the vehicle.
    5. Install the front floor console.
    6. Release the park brake lever.
    7. Enable the SIR system.

  • Ronnie Wilson Jan 14, 2009


    1. Using ONLY hand tools, tighten the park brake cable adjusting nut (1) until light to moderate drag is exhibited while rotating the rear brake drums.
    2. Attempt to rotate the rear brake drums. There should be no rotation forward or rearward.
    3. Fully release the park brake lever.
    4. Verify the park brake is released by rotating the rear brake drums. The drums should rotate freely and exhibit no brake shoe drag.
    5. If the drums do not rotate freely, repeat the park brake cable adjustment procedure.
    6. Raise the park brake lever 3 detent positions and attempt to rotate the rear brake drums:



      • One of the brake drums should not rotate forward or rearward.
      • The other brake drum should not rotate forward or rearward, or should require substantial effort to rotate.

  • Ronnie Wilson Jan 14, 2009

    12. Install 2 Wheel nets to hold drum in snug

    13.Pull Park brk lever 1 detent position or CLICK

    14 Hand tools ONLY


    1. Using ONLY hand tools, tighten the park brake cable adjusting nut (1) until light to moderate drag is exhibited while rotating the rear brake drums.
    2. Attempt to rotate the rear brake drums. There should be no rotation forward or rearward.
    3. Fully release the park brake lever.
    4. Verify the park brake is released by rotating the rear brake drums. The drums should rotate freely and exhibit no brake shoe drag.
    5. If the drums do not rotate freely, repeat the park brake cable adjustment procedure.
    6. Raise the park brake lever 3 detent positions and attempt to rotate the rear brake drums:



      • One of the brake drums should not rotate forward or rearward.
      • The other brake drum should not rotate forward or rearward, or should require substantial effort to rotate.


    1. Raise the vehicle.
    2. Remove the wheel nuts retaining the brake drums.
    3. Install the rear tire and wheel assemblies.
    4. Lower the vehicle.
    5. Install the front floor console.
    6. Release the park brake lever.
    7. Enable the SIR system.

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