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I need to adjust my parking brake on my 2003 Expedition. It does not hold as tightly as it use to. Is this something that can be easily adjusted?

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There should be an adjusting screw around the lever that is used to apply the parking brake. if you tighten this until there is a slight drag in the back tires and then back off two full turns then that will adjust the parking brake.

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