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Old 04-23-2011, 07:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Parking brake

Hi folks,
I just purchased a 2007 impala, and i found out that the parking brake needs to be registered, it is too loose.
Can anyone give me some advice about how to do it?
Do I have to work on the point where it branches to reach both of the rear brakes or on the brakes themselves? At a first glance it seems that the screw that is used for tightening is already at the end.
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had this problem on my '03 Suburban (same basic setup as far as parking brakes go), the cable actually stretches over time from use, if the adjustment is already at it's end, the safest way to bring your parking brake back to the tightness you need to hold the car in place would be to replace it. You could try to tighten the cable some more, but the cable will only stretch so far and eventually will need to be replaced anyway. I would say that if you plan to keep the car for a while, which I would assume you will seeing as how you just bought it, replace the cable and be worry free.

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thanks for the answer!
actually i was wrong and the screw was not completely tightened, so i turned it a little bit more.
what is happening, now, is that pushing the parking brake pedal, the car brakes if going forward, but not if backing up.
may this mean that the rear braking pads are finished?

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thanks for the answer!
actually i was wrong and the screw was not completely tightened, so i turned it a little bit more.
what is happening, now, is that pushing the parking brake pedal, the car brakes if going forward, but not if backing up.
may this mean that the rear braking pads are finished?
I'm having a hard time understanding what you mean but I think you are trying to say if your front end is facing down hill it will hold. If your rear end is facing down hill then it will not hold? If that is what it is doing to you then just take it anywhere you trust to be adjusted. I had this exact problem and the mechanic that did mine removed the rear tires, took apart the rotors (I think) to adjust them. It took him about 45 mins to get it all done. It seemed like taking apart the rotor was a pain in the ass. In the end about 80 bucks but well worth it

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yes... this is the problem I have!
I will have a look at rotors then.
Thanks!

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