GM Astro/Safari 1985-1996 Repair Guide

Rear Cable

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4



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Fig. Fig. 1: Equalizer assembly



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Fig. Fig. 2: Equalizer and rear cable assembly



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Fig. Fig. 3: Pull out on the cable end to free the lever from the cable



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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a box end wrench to press in the clips to free the cable from the backing plate

  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
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  3. Under the left center of the vehicle, loosen the cable equalizer assembly.
  4.  
  5. Separate the front cable connector from the equalizer cable.
  6.  
  7. Remove the brake shoes.
  8.  
  9. At the backing plate, bend the cable retaining fingers.
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  11. Disconnect the rear cable(s) from the secondary brake shoe(s) and the cable(s) from the vehicle.
  12.  

To install:
  1. To install the rear cable(s), insert the cable through the backing plate and engage it with the secondary brake shoe.
  2.  
  3. Connect the cable to the equalizer cable.
  4.  
  5. Adjust the parking brake.
  6.  

When installing the rear parking brake cables, make sure that the retaining fingers are completely through the backing plate.

  1. Lower the vehicle and check the parking brake operation.
  2.  

ADJUSTMENT



See Figure 5



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Fig. Fig. 5: Adjusting the parking brake at the equalizer

Before adjusting the parking brakes, check the condition of the service brakes; replace any necessary parts.

  1. Block the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Under the left center of the vehicle, loosen the equalizer.
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  7. Position the parking brake pedal on the second click (2 ratchet clicks).
  8.  
  9. Turn the cable equalizer until the rear wheel drags (when turned by hand).
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  11. Tighten the equalizer lock nut.
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  13. Release the parking brake pedal, then test it; the correct adjustment should be 9-16 clicks.
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