Question about 2003 Pontiac Grand Am
Used to be an oblong hole just below the bleeder nipple. You would insert a tool looking like a bent flat blade screwdriver and turn on a sawtooth wheel to expand the lower adjustment on drum brakes. Now that sawtooth wheel is slowly turned automatically by using the parking brake once in a while. If it is a disc type brake, then there is no adjustment.
Posted on Nov 15, 2010
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Fig. Exploded view of the rear drum brake assembly - LINK
The rear brakes do not require manual adjustment. Adjust the shoes by sharply applying the brake pedal several times while driving the vehicle alternately forwards and backwards. Check the brake operation by making several stops while driving forward. The self-adjusting mechanism will sufficiently adjust the rear brake shoes without any manual tightening at the brake shoe adjuster. If the rear brake shoes are manually adjusted, the additional action of the brake shoe adjuster can cause the brakes to become over-tightened and result in binding or overheated rear brakes.
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