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Loose parking brake...

Is it possible and if so, how can I tighten up my parking brake?

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  • Cody Jan 29, 2009

    That did help, but I also need new brake shoes and adjustments, than you for all your help

  • Rick Byrd
    Rick Byrd May 11, 2010

    it is possible but , you might be compensating for worn out or out of adjustment brake shoes in rear , check the rear brake integrity first .

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You can adjust this by removing cover at handle and using a deep socket or box end wrench You will see long threaded rod with nut turn nut do not over tighten This is a sign your break pads are getting low so Have them inspected asdap

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

  • idare_ya Jan 29, 2009

    Did that correct the loose cable?



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