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Emergency brake does not apply tight enough 1999 Jetta.

Can I adjust the emergency brake on my 1999 jetta and if so how do I adjust it.

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Yes remove boot cover on parking brake lever and adj double cable screws to where it stops on 3 clicks then replace lever boot.

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