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Usually this means one of two things. Your parking brake is still applied and your shifter is not in park...or, your parking brake is not fully retracted and not touching it's fully retracted limit switch. Cycle your parking brake several times with the vehicle off. When you release it let it disengage fully. Start the vehicle and put it in gear but don't travel (foot on regular brake). If your parking brake is fully disengaged then your dash light for the parking brake should be extinguished. If you STILL have this problem then your limit switch needs to be adjusted or replaced.
You take off the top spring then the adjuster then release the spring holding the back shoe then take off the bottom spring then the front shoe spring with that shoe loose you can disconnect the parking brake do not set the parking bake to do a brake job you can't get the drum off to start with
The adjustment is made at the handle under the console:
ADJUSTMENT OF PARKING BRAKE STROKE
1.Pull the brake lever with a force of approx. 196 N (20 kg, 44 lbs.) and check the number of clicks.
Parking brake lever stroke (Standard value) : 8 clicks
2.If the number of notches is not the standard value, adjust the cable length with the adjusting nut on the equalizer. 3.The indicator light will go out when the brake lever is fully released, and will light up with the lever pulled one notch. If it does not operate properly, replace it.
4.After the adjustment, check that the rear brakes do not drag with the parking brake lever released.
Unless you have replaced the cable, it should never need to be adjusted. If you can reach under the vehicle, and when wiggling the parking brake cable, if it is taut (not sagging), then it is probably adjusted properly. What usually causes the parking brake cable to appear mis-adjusted (the parking brake won't hold the vehicle), is that the self-adjusters in the rear drum brakes are not working properly. This is bad because it means that you are not getting proper braking from the rear brakes as well as having the parking brake issue. This can cause premature wear to the front disc brake pads/rotors and affect braking power and control under certain stopping conditions. Front disc brakes work so well that many people never realize that their rear brakes aren't doing their fair share. The purpose of the self-adjusters in the drum brakes is to keep the rear brake shoes at a consistent distance from the drum's inner surface as the shoe lining wears down. If the adjuster works correctly, the parking brake will always stay in adjustment. You CAN adjust the parking brake cable, but if the problem is actually with the self-adjuster, you are masking the real problem, and later on when you need to replace the rear brake shoes, you will find it impossible to put the drum back on over the shoes as the parking brake will have the shoes pushed out too far. Have a mechanic check out the self-adjuster mechanism. It is always a good idea whenever you replace the rear brake shoes to replace all the rear brake hardware as well. You don't replace rear brakes nearly as often as the front ones, and the cost of the hardware is minimal in relation to the satisfaction of knowing that non-corroded parts will work better and provide longer service than the older, gummed-up and rusted hardware that is currently installed.
The first step ALWAYS to adjust the REAR BRAKE SHOES. The parking brake should not go "out of adjustment" UNLESS the rear brake shoes are:
2. Have recently been replaced and not set correctly
3. Are out of adjustment due to wear.
Turning the adjustment nut (unlike what Autozone seems to imply) is the LAST thing you should do AFTER all other possibilities have been eliminated.
Adjusting the rear brakes can often be accomplished easily in an empty parking lot. Simply accelerate in REVERSE to about 5~10 MPH and stomp on the brake pedal. Repeat this 3~5 times. You will often discover afterward that your forward braking performance has suddenly improved and that Parking brake is now miraculously "back in adjustment."
You cannot adjust the cables on a minivan manually. the tension is
automaitcally adjusted by the self adjuster on the pedal release.
The park brake cables on this vehicle have an automatic self adjuster
built into the park brake pedal mechanism. When the foot operated park
brake pedal is in its released (upward most) position, a clock spring
automatically adjusts the park brake cables. The park brake cables are
adjusted (tensioned) just enough to remove all the slack from the
cables. The automatic adjuster system will not over adjust the cables
causing rear brake drag.
Due to the automatic adjust feature of the park brake pedal, adjustment
of the parking brake cables on these vehicles relies on proper drum
When the park brake pedal is applied the self adjuster is by-passed and the pedal operates normally to engage the park brakes.
When a service procedure needs to be performed on the park brake pedal
or the park brake cables, the automatic self adjuster can be manually
locked out by the service technician.