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89 gta with 4 wheel disk breaks and the e break does not hold at all. both caliber have been changed and adjusted the small screws on them so the pads are just touching the rotors. the cable has been adjusted until the handle only comes up to half way. also the master cyclender has been replaced along with the proportional valve changed to an adjustable one with full power going to the rear. new ss braided lines on all lines. i need this to hold so i can pass my safety inspection. any help is great

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You need to adjust your hand brake (e-brake) you will usually find the adjustment bolt under the console between the front seats, or under the dash, depending on the type of hand brake you have. it looks like two cables going to a crossbar then single cable from the crossbar to the hand brake. at the end of the cross bar will be a nut that you use to adjust the hand brake (make sure you hand brake is off before adjusting it)

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