GM Chevy Mid-Size Cars 1964-1988 Repair Guide

Cables

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



To avoid breaking or damaging the equalizer assembly, ALWAYS clean the exposed threads and lubricate the nuts using a spray penetrant oil before attempting to loosen the adjusting nut(s).

Front Cable

See Figures 1

  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support safely using jackstands. Support the vehicle at a height where access to the interior is still convenient, yet the equalizer and cable are still accessible from underneath the car.
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  3. Slacken the cable by removing the adjusting nut from the equalizer.
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  5. If equipped, remove the spring retainer clip from the bracket.
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  7. Remove the cable from the equalizer or from the intermediate cable connector, as applicable.
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  9. If applicable, remove the lower rear bolt from the wheelhouse panel, then pull the panel outward to gain access to the front cable.
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  11. If equipped, remove the upper console cover and lower console rear screws, then lift the rear of the lower console for access to the cable retainer at the hand lever.
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  13. Remove the cable retainer pin, cable retainer, then free the cable from the lever/pedal.
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  15. If necessary, squeeze the retaining tab using a pair of pliers, then free the cable from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Place the cable into position and secure to the pedal/lever using the retainer. If equipped, make sure any retaining tabs are engaged.
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  3. If equipped, reposition the lower console and secure using the retaining screws, then install the upper console cover.
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  5. If applicable, reposition the wheelhouse panel and secure using the lower rear bolt.
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  7. Install the cable to the equalizer or from the intermediate cable connector, as applicable.
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  9. If equipped, install the spring retainer clip to the bracket.
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  11. Install the adjuster nut to the cable, then properly adjust the parking brake assembly.
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  13. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 1: If equipped, use a pair of pliers to squeeze the retaining tab so the cable may be released from the vehicle

Intermediate Cable

Some vehicles may be equipped with an intermediate cable which connects the front cable to the equalizer.

  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support safely using jackstands.
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  3. Slacken the cable by removing the adjusting nut from the equalizer.
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  5. Separate the intermediate cable ends from the front cable connector and from the equalizer, then remove the cable from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the cable ends to the front cable connector and to the equalizer.
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  3. Install the equalizer adjusting nut, then properly adjust the parking brake cable.
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  5. Remove the supports and carefully lower the vehicle.
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Rear Cable

See Figure 2

  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support safely using jackstands.
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  3. Loosen the adjusting nut at the equalizer.
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  5. Disengage the rear cable at the connector.
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  7. Remove the wheel assembly and brake drum for access to the cable end.
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  9. Bend the retainer fingers or squeeze the retaining tab to free the cable from the backing plate.
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  11. Disengage the cable at the brake shoe operating lever.
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To install:
  1. Attach the cable to the brake shoe operating lever and make sure the retainer is properly seated on the backing plate.
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  3. Engage the rear cable at the connector.
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  5. Install the wheel assembly and brake drum.
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  7. Adjust the parking brake.
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  9. Remove the supports and carefully lower the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: In some cases, the cable casing may be released from the backing plate by squeezing the retainer tab

ADJUSTMENT



To avoid breaking or damaging the equalizer assembly, ALWAYS clean the exposed threads and lubricate the nuts using a spray penetrant oil before attempting to loosen the adjusting nut(s).

See Figures 3 and 4

  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support safely using jackstands.
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  3. Apply the parking brake on three notches (ratchet clicks) from the fully released position.
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  5. Clean and lubricate the threads of the equalizer adjusting rod.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Adjusting the equalizer may be performed using 2 open end wrenches or 1 wrench and 1 VERY deep socket

  1. If equipped with a locknut, loosen the locknut in order to allow the adjusting nut to be turned.
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  3. Turn the adjuster nut as necessary until the right rear wheel can be just turned backwards using 2 hands, but cannot be turned forward.
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  5. Release the parking brake and make sure the rear wheels turn freely.
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  7. If equipped, tighten the locknut.
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  9. Remove the supports and carefully lower the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Parking brake cable adjustment on late model vehicles

 
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