Q: How to tighten the emergency brake cable

asked by on February 24, 2017

Its not holding how do u tighten the emergency brake cable

My car has 20000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Your vehicle has a self adjusting parking/emergency brake system. Consequently, if the brake is not properly applying and holding, it might be necessary to adjust the rear brakes to obtain the proper tension in the system. Adjustments require a bit of disassembly and thus you may prefer to have an experienced professional handle this. It will be safer, too, as opening up the rear brakes will expose you to brake dust which is not particularly great to breathe in. If you desire that this problem be diagnosed by a certified Mechanic, dispatched by YourMechanic right to your location, please request a parking brake is not holding diagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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