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Adjusting the e brake

How do i tighten the emergency brake cable on a 1994 pontiac grand am?????

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Your emergency brake line is on the back driver side tire and will either tighten down with a screw driver or a wrench will work. Righty tighty lefty loosy.

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If you look under the van on the driver side (usually) you'll see where the two cables from the rear inter-connect with the main cord to the front. Here, you should find an adjustable bolt that you can tighten. If it is not here, it may need to be tightened from there rear tires.

If you have drum brakes in the rear, these are most likely "self-adjusting" brakes, which may interact with the emergency brake. Everytime you back up, and apply the brakes, you are activating the self adjuster (you would have seen this located at the bottom of the brake system between the two brake pads. This is the self adjuster. Try going in reverse at about 5 miles per hour, and hitting the brakes firmly (not slamming on them). Drive forward again, and firmly press the brakes. Go in reverse again, and apply brakes firmly again; (do this about 4 or 5 times to get the rear brakes adjusted). Try the emergency brake again and if still not tighter, purchase or look in your repair manual as to how to adjust the emergency brake.

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On my 2001 pontiac grand am, i pull the e-brake and the light comes on but it doesn't stop my car. What would be wrong and how could i fix it


in the case of rear disk brakes, the cable needs adjusting or the emergency brake shoes need replacing. the cable could be broken. with drum brakes, the shoes need adjusting

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you will see a bracket under your vehicle to where the emergency brakes comes into ...reverse it ....there should be a nut to tighten too ....good luck ... try tighten it first ....before reversing it ...good luck

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I believe the 94 Sunbird's have rear emergency brakes. The rear brakes are drum brakes and it's very hard for them to lock up but should slow the car down to a stop and hold it from moving when at a stop.
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If your brake's are not holding when it's at a stop position, the brake shoes are warn or glazed over and need to be replaced. 
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