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How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Pontiac Grand Am

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Adjust your Pontiac Grand Am parking brake easily using a pliers. Get underneath the car to make this simple adjustment. Save yourself time and money doing the adjustment at home instead of taking your car to the mechanic shop. Make the adjustment when your car starts to slip down the hill when parked on a slope. Use this technique for Pontiac Grand Am years 1985 through 1993 and 1999 to 2005.

Years 1985 to 1993

Step 1

Pull up on the parking brake lever by hand until it clicks three times. Locate the parking brake lever inside the vehicle between the driver seat and the front passenger seat.

Step 2

Raise up your Pontiac Grand Am rear wheels. Use your jack and support the rear wheels with the jack stands.

Step 3

Locate the parking brake cables underneath the car, coming from both rear wheels. They are coated wire cables. Spray the cables with penetrating oil. This prevents damage to the cable and to the adjuster nut.

Step 4

Use your pliers to hold the braking cable and use another pliers to adjust the nut. Test the adjustment and spin the rear wheels around. Keep adjusting the nut until you can just spin the rear wheels backward and not spin them at all forwards.

Take off the parking brake and test the wheels for full rotation backwards and forwards. Lower your Pontiac Grand Am using the jack and removing the jack stands.

Years 1999 to 2005

Step 1

Apply and release the parking brake five times. Verify the parking brake lever releases completely by turning on the ignition of your car and verifying the parking brake light does not turn on.

Step 2

Pull up on the parking lever to four clicks. Raise your cars rear wheels with a jack and and support the wheels with the jack stands. Verify the rear wheels cannot be turned.

Release the parking brake and verify the wheels can spin freely. Lower your car using the jack and remove the jack stands.


  • Do not make this adjustment on Pontiac Grand Am years 1993 to 1998. They have an automatic adjuster mechanism.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands
  • Wrench and pliers

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