BRAKE-05, Brakes - Parking Brake Adjustment

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Checking Parking Brake Adjustment

  1. Place the vehicle on jack stands.
  2. Raise the parking brake lever two clicks.
  3. Attempt to turn the rear wheels by hand.
  4. You should be able to turn the wheel but, it will be difficult.
  5. If you can turn the wheel easily OR if the wheel can not be turned at all, the parking brake needs adjustment.
Adjusting the Parking Brake

  1. Release the parking brake lever and verify that the rear wheel can be turned easily by hand.
  2. Insert a screwdriver into the hole in the rear wheel hub and turn the brake adjuster until the rear wheel can not be turned.
  3. Next turn the adjuster in the opposite direction until the wheel can be turned easily.
  4. Lift the carpet next to the parking brake lever to expose the adjusting nuts on the end of the parking brake cable.
  5. Loosen the locknut at the bottom of the adjusting yoke and adjust the two nuts on either side of the adjusting yoke collar until the rear wheel can be barely turned with the parking brake lever raised two clicks.
  6. Ensure both adjusting nuts are tightened against the adjusting yoke collar and tighten the locknut against the rear adjusting nut.
  7. Replace the carpeting around the parking brake lever.

Clark's Garage 1998