GM Prizm/Nova 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Cables

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. Elevate and safely support the car. If only the rear wheels are elevated, block the front wheels. Release the parking brake after the car is supported.
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  3. Remove the rear wheel(s).
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  5. If equipped with drum brakes, remove the brake drum and remove the brake shoes.
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  7. If equipped with disc brakes, remove the clip from the parking brake cable and remove the cable from the caliper assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Parking brake cable assembly

  1. If equipped with drum brakes, remove the parking brake retaining bolts at the backing plate.
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  3. Remove any exhaust heat shields which interfere with the removal of the cable.
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  5. Remove the 2 cable clamps.
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  7. Disconnect the cable retainer.
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  9. Remove the cable from the equalizer (yoke).
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To install:
  1. Fit the end of the new cable into the equalizer and make certain it is properly seated.
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  3. Install the cable retainer, and, working along the length of the cable, install the clamps.
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Make certain the cable is properly routed and does not contain any sharp bends or kinks.

  1. Feed the cable through the backing plate and install the retaining bolts.
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  3. If equipped with disc brakes, connect the cable to the arm and install the clip.
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  5. If equipped with drum brakes, re-install the shoes. The cable will be connected to the shoes during the installation process.
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  7. Reinstall the wheel(s) and lower the car to the ground.
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ADJUSTMENT



See Figure 2

Pull the parking brake lever all the way up and count the number of clicks. The correct range is 4-7 clicks before full application. A system which is too tight or too loose requires adjustment.

Before adjusting the parking brake cable, make certain that the rear brake shoe-to-drum clearance is correct.

  1. Remove the center console box.
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  3. At the rear of the handbrake lever, loosen the locknut on the brake cable.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Loosen the locknut on the cable and before adjusting cable tension

  1. Turn the adjusting nut until the parking brake travel is correct.
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  3. Tighten the locknut.
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  5. Reinstall the console.
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