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Old 01-08-2010, 02:17 PM   #1
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Default adjusting the hand brake

How do you tighten the hand brake on a 1997 saturn sl? The hand brake on my car hardly holds at all. Is it very hard to do? I am no mechanic but I can manage to do minor adjustments.

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There's a nut on a "stud" under the console. But don't do anything with it yet. FIRST, make sure the rear shoes are adjusted properly. They're typical rear drum brakes, with laughably ineffective "self-adjust" mechanisms. Search our Tech and General sections (and possibly the How-To Library) for directions on cleaning and adjusting the rear brakes. THEN see how the parking brake grabs. If it's still not to your liking, you can adjust it separately.

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Old 01-08-2010, 02:37 PM   #3
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There's a nut on a "stud" under the console. But don't do anything with it yet. FIRST, make sure the rear shoes are adjusted properly. They're typical rear drum brakes, with laughably ineffective "self-adjust" mechanisms. Search our Tech and General sections (and possibly the How-To Library) for directions on cleaning and adjusting the rear brakes. THEN see how the parking brake grabs. If it's still not to your liking, you can adjust it separately.
Thank you! I'll defenitly give this a try on the next warm day we get.

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