How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Make parking brake adjustments to your Chevrolet car easily from inside the vehicle. Avoid taking your Chevrolet car to the mechanic shop. Save yourself some time and money adjusting your parking brake at home. All you need are a few simple tools and a way to raise your Chevrolet car rear wheels. Adjust your Chevrolet car when the brake does not hold the car in park when parked on a slope.

Under The Hood:

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Chevy Impala

Pull up on the hand parking brake lever until it makes ten clicks. Release the hand brake by pressing in on the button at the end and moving the lever to the floor. Repeat 10 times.

Test the car and turn on the ignition. Make sure the parking brake light does not display. Press the hand brake lever to the floor if the light appears. Then turn off the ignition.

Lift the rear of your car using a jack and support the rear wheels with jack stands.

Locate the cables coming from each rear wheel. The cables meet at an adjuster nut. Adjust this nut to make the cables tighter using your pliers.

Spin the rear wheels freely while adjusting the nut that brings the two cables together. Stop adjusting when the wheels show resistance in spinning freely.

Click the parking brake four times and test your wheels rotation again. They should move freely backwards, but should not be able to move forward. Release the hand parking brake.

Lower your car using the jack and remove each jack stand.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Pliers

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Chevy Camaro

Pull up on the hand brake lever so that it clicks two times. Locate the hand brake lever on the inside of the car between the driver's seat and the front passenger seat.

Jack up you car with the jack and support both rear wheels with jack stands.

Locate the brake cables that come from each of the rear wheels underneath the car. Tighten the cable nut where the two cables meet with a wrench or pliers. Do this until you cannot move the left rear tire forward, but you can move it freely backwards.

Release the hand parking brake and push in on the button on the end, pull up on the hand brake slightly and then push the hand brake to the floor of the console.

Move both rear wheels forwards and backwards freely from underneath the car.

Lower your Chevy Camaro with the jack and remove the jack stands from each rear wheel.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Wrench or pliers

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Chevy Cobalt

Remove the cover over the console with a screwdriver. Locate the parking brake lever inside the Chevy Cobalt, between the driver's seat and the front passenger seat.

Locate the adjuster nut on the two rods sticking out from the back of the console. Use your wrench to adjust the nuts on and use your pliers to hold the rods. Move the adjuster nut and then test the Chevy Cobalt.

Raise the Chevy Cobalt rear end using your jack. Then support the rear wheels with the jack stands, placing them under the car.

Test the rear wheels for any tension in the wheels by moving spinning them around. They should spin easily if there is no tension. Reverse the adjuster nut inside the vehicle using your pliers or wrench if you find tension in the rear wheels.

Lower your Chevy Cobalt using the jack and remove the jack stands that are supporting the rear wheels.

Items you will need

  • Screwdrivers

  • Wrench or pliers

  • Jack and jack stands

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Chevy Avalanche

Put your Chevy Avalanche on the jack stands by raising the truck in the air. Support each rear wheel with a jack stand.

Get under the vehicle. Locate the wired cables coming from each rear wheel. They come together with a connecting nut.

Use your screwdriver to move the adjuster nut. Test the adjustment by spinning the rear wheels around. If there is no tension, then the adjustment was successful. If there is tension in the rear wheels, then turn the adjuster nut around the opposite way from the first adjustment.

Remove the jack stands from your vehicle. Raise your vehicle up using the jack, then remove the jack stands. Continue to use the jack to lower your truck to the ground.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Screwdriver

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Chevy Silverado

Adjust the Parking Brake Automatically

Press down on the parking brake pedal, which is on the far left floor of the driver's side of the vehicle. The vehicle has automatic cable adjusters that remove the slack from the parking brake cables.

Release the parking brake pedal by pressing down again with your foot on the pedal.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 three times to allow the park brake cable equalizer to take the slack out of the parking brake cables.

Adjust the Parking Brake Manually

Raise the rear end of your Chevy Silverado with jacks and a jack stand. Remove the rear tires using a tire iron to loosen and unscrew the lug nuts.

Insert your head in the wheel well and locate the star shaped adjuster nut inside the top of the back part of the wheel well.

Use your screwdriver or star shaped socket to unscrew the nut until 5mm of threads are showing.

Replace the tire by screwing the lug nuts back into place with the tire iron.

Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4 for the second rear wheel.

Items you will need

  • Jack stand and jacks

  • Tire iron

  • Screwdriver or star shaped socket

 How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Geo Tracker

Inside Adjustment

Remove the center console cover around the parking brake lever. Locate the console on the inside of your Geo Tracker between the driver's seat and the front passenger side seat.

Adjust the adjuster nut, located at the end of the cable sticking out of the back console of the parking brake lever. Use your pliers to turn the adjuster nut.

Test the parking brake lever by pulling up on the lever until it clicks three to eight notches. Use your pliers to tighten the adjuster nut. Replace the center console cover.

Underneath Adjustment

Raise your Geo Metro rear wheels using the jack and support the rear wheels with the jack stands.

Adjust the adjuster nut holding the wire covered cables coming from each rear wheel. Move the adjuster nut with your screwdriver until the cables are tight.

Lower your Geo Metro using the jack and remove the jack stands from each rear wheel.

Items you will need

  • Wrench or pliers

  • Jack and jack stands

  • Screwdriver

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