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How to adjust handbrake cables.

Have found where the one cable joins to the pair going to the calipers but cant see any adjusting nuts

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Under the console, the single cable to the handle joins to an equalizer which connects to the two cables going to the rear brakes. There is no adjustment in that area. The adjustment to the cable doesn't exist. Each rear parking brake is adjusted in drag only.

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