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How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Nissan Pathfinder

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Adjust the parking brake when your Nissan Pathfinder starts to slide down a hill with the parking brake activated. You can avoid going to the mechanic shop if you have a means to raise the rear wheels off the ground.

Raise the rear of the Nissan Pathfinder with your jack and support the rear wheels with jack stands.

Pull up on the parking brake lever located in the center console of the vehicle.

Locate the parking brake lock nut attached to the parking brake cables and assembly. Crawl underneath the vehicle and find the assembly and cables mounted to the center drive shaft. Turn the lock nut with a wrench or pliers until the cables are loose.

Turn the adjuster lock nut until you have the correct amount of notches. Follow the guidelines of notches to pull up on depending on your Nissan Pathfinder year. Use 6 to 10 notches for years 1970 to 1983; use 13 to 16 notches for years 1984 to 1986; use 10 to 12 notches for years 1986 to 1988 and two-wheel drive; use nine to 11 notches for years 1986 to 1988 and four-wheel drive; for stick lever 1988 year models, use seven to nine notches.

Release the parking brake to the floor of the console. Spin the rear wheels to verify there is no resistance.

Lower your vehicle using the jack and remove the jack stands from the rear wheels.

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