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How-to » Brakes » Drum Brakes » How to Perform a Brake Adjustment
 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Perform a Brake Adjustment

TOOLS
  • Floor Jack
  • Breaker Bar
  • 2 more tools
STEPS
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Safety Tip:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

1
Secure your vehicle on a level surface, making sure your car will not roll or lean when jacked up.
2
Using a floor jack, lift up the rear of your vehicle.
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3
Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds or the frame rails are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working.
4
To adjust the rear brake shoes, remove the rubber grommet from the slot on the backing plate. Insert a screw driver into the slot and turn the star wheel to adjust the brake shoes out.
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5
Remove the center console box.
6
At the rear of the handbrake lever, loosen the locknut on the brake cable.
7
Turn the adjusting nut until the parking brake travel is correct.
8
Tighten the locknut.
9
Reinstall the console.
10
Road test vehicle to ensure the pedal feel has improved.
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