2001 Cavalier Emergency Brake

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Old 01-01-07, 05:51 PM
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Question 2001 Cavalier Emergency Brake

Can anyone tell me where the adjustor is for the hand brake on a 2001 Cavalier or where online I might find that information? Thank you.
 
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Adjuster to tightening the brake up?

If so, some cars you have the brake up and go in reverse. This tightens it on some cars.

Most of the time though, you have to tighted the cable up at the rear brake. There will be a hole where you insert a screwdriver and tighten.

There is no adjustment to tighten the e-brake at the handle.
 
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Old 01-01-07, 07:44 PM
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I want to tighten it up. When I pull the handle all the way up it doesn't do what it could or should. Not enough braking. I'll try backing the car up with the hand brake on. Thank you.
 
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First things first .Remove the rear wheels and drums. Clean and adjust the service brake. when that's done the parking brake adjuster should be where the cables meet behind the axle.........Using the parking brake as the service brake adjuster will give accelerated wear on your rear shoes, not to mention noises and stopping issues
 
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Wrench...thank you for the reply. I need further clarification on it. When you say "service" brake you are referring to the regular brakes? I had the drums off before inspection this fall and the shoes are not new but not worn out. 101K miles on them. I'm a little hesitant to make any adjustments to something working so well already.

I just wanted some more stopping power out of the emergency brake in case of an emergency. Currently the emergency hand brake works but not well enough in a real emergency. Is it okay to just tighten the adjustment where the cables meet and do nothing else?
 
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If the regular brakes are adjusted and working fine, then adjust the parking brake cable tension..........It's just that in my experience I've seen 100's of people that overadjust the parking brake and cause themselves $$$$$$$ in extra expense
 
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Old 01-02-07, 06:45 AM
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Thanks Wrench. I'll be careful not to go too far with it. The first 3/4 of the handbrake arc isn't making contact with the shoes. I'll have someone in the car as I tighten. Appreciate your help.
 
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