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04-04-2010, 05:23 AM
New to the forum. I have a 97 Grand Am GT 3.1 v6 with a hand brake style parking brake. Was curious on how to make the adjustment, parking brake engages but isn't wound tight enough, if parked on a really steep grade it doesn't really work well. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You

04-06-2010, 05:54 AM
theres a cable that runs behind and inside the rear wheel Driver side (if your all disk brakes) just remove the rotor and you can spot the cable easy enough you can pull the end out and crimp it back down to shorten the cable just remember to clip off the excess

04-07-2010, 08:58 PM
I got drum brakes in the back, idk if we have the same system or not since mine is a 97. Thank you for the info though i will look at it this weekend.

04-09-2010, 06:25 AM
on your model there is an adjustable nut behind the rear wheel

apply the parking break 3 clicks ,then jack the car up

use multi purpose grease to lube up the adjuster nut and use a par of vice grips to hold the end of the threaded rod so it wont turn when you adjust the bolt the wheel should be able to spin backwards a bit but not forward after you adjust it properly. then release the brake and check to make sure its all ok :-) that should help

04-15-2010, 02:58 AM
Thank You for the info. Im rotating my tires this weekend so me and my buddy will take a look at it. The drum doesn't need removed right?

04-15-2010, 06:19 AM

08-30-2011, 04:23 PM
not to bring this back from the dead by i'm having an issue on my 01 gt. i pull the parking brake and nothing happens. i was just wondering how do i adjust it on a 01, cause i'm sure its differnt then a 97.

thanks guys

08-30-2011, 06:43 PM
Pull the rotor off and you will find the park brake shoes under there. Adjust it like you would a drum brake setup

08-30-2011, 06:53 PM
ok. . . . . .. lets pretend i've never adjusted drums lol

09-05-2011, 11:29 AM
bump. . . . . still no parking brake

09-30-2011, 08:17 AM
well i took the rotors off to see the drum like brake that rubs the inside of the rotor hub. i got it to bite just a little bit more then it was, but nothing like it should. i really have no idea wtf i need to do to get it right. i've done everything from pull it up and down 6 times, to doing the same thing in reverse. nothing works, i just dont get how it can be this complicated.