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Peter Pontiac
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Posted - 09 Jan 2019 :  12:56:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bought this bird and the previous owner replaced the emergency brake cable, calipers, rotors, lines, and pads. Brakes work great but the cable seems to be too long and when I set the brake there is too much slack to allow the brakes to work. How do I adjust this?

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Bill Boyle
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Posted - 09 Jan 2019 :  9:05:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bill Boyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If new emergency brake cables were installed on the car, it means the inside of the drums were dealt with to remove the old cables. When the drums were reassembled the previous owner may not have adjusted the brake shoes correctly to correspond with the emergency brake when it is engaged.

There are three (3) cables used. Rather than have me write a lengthy "how-to" on the adjustment of the brakes at the shoes and how to get the correct tension on the cables, I found this helpful link which should get you back in business.

Here is is: https://www.autozone.com/repairguides/GM-Firebird-1967-1981-Repair-Guide/Parking-Brake/Cable/_/P-0900c152800811a9

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