GM Cutlass RWD 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Cable

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

Left Rear Cable
DRUM BRAKES
  1. Raise the vehicle and support it securely by the frame. Loosen the adjusting nut and compress the retainer fingers at the equalizer lever to loosen the cable.
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Fig. Fig. 1: A wrench can be used to compress the retaining fingers on the rear cable



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Fig. Fig. 2: Adjusting the parking brake cable

  1. Disconnect the cable at the connector and then remove it from the equalizer.
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  3. Mark the relationship between the wheel and axle flange and remove the wheel. Remove the brake drum as described above.
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  5. Using an appropriate tool, disconnect and remove the primary shoe return spring and parking brake strut.
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  7. Compress the retainer fingers and loosen the cable housing at the backing plate. Then, disconnect the cable from the parking brake lever and remove it.
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  9. Install a new cable in reverse order, checking carefully that it is properly routed and securely retained. Adjust the parking brake.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Parking brake cables - 1970-77

Right Rear Cable
DRUM BRAKES
  1. Raise the vehicle and support it securely by the frame. Remove the adjusting nut at the equalizer lever. Compress the fingers of the retainers and then loosen the cable housing from the retainers at the frame and at the axle housing retaining clip.
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  3. Mark the relationship between the wheel and axle flange and then remove the wheel. Remove the brake drum as described above.
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  5. Using an appropriate tool, disconnect and remove the primary shoe return spring and parking brake strut. Remove the secondary brake shoe hold-down spring.
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  7. Compress the retainer fingers and loosen the cable housing at the backing plate. Then, disconnect the cable from the parking brake lever and remove it.
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  9. Install a new cable in reverse order, checking carefully that it is properly routed and securely retained. Adjust the parking brake.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Parking brake cables - 1978-87

ADJUSTMENT



Be sure that the parking brake does not drag. An over-tightened, dragging parking brake on a car with automatic brake adjusters will result in an extremely short life for rear brake linings.

Adjustment of the parking brake is necessary whenever the rear brake cables have been disconnected or the parking brake pedal can be depressed more than eight ratchet clicks under heavy foot pressure.

  1. Make sure that the service brakes are properly adjusted.
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  3. Depress the parking brake pedal two ratchet clicks, or three clicks on handle types.
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  5. Raise the vehicle and support it with jackstands.
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  7. Loosen the jam nut on the equalizer adjusting nut. Tighten the adjusting nut until the rear wheel can just be turned rearward by hand, but not forward.
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  9. Release the ratchet one click; the rear wheel should rotate rearward freely and forward with a slight drag.
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  11. Release the ratchet fully; rear wheel should turn freely in either direction.
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