2002 Chevrolet Silverado Adjust the Emergency Brake

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You can adjust the emergency brake on your 2002 Chevy Silverado right from your home garage or driveway to save time and money. Adjusting the emergency brake is just a matter of taking up the slack in the parking brake cable. You will know it's time for an adjustment when you park your vehicle on a downhill slope and the emergency brake doesn't keep the vehicle from slipping.

Tools Used[edit]

4 wheel chocks
2 jack stands

Adjust the Emergency Brake[edit]

  • Place wheel chocks behind and in front of the front wheels of the Silverado.
  • Raise up the rear end of the Silverado with a jack. Slide jack stands under the vehicle next to each of the rear wheels. Lower the vehicle onto the jack stands for support.
  • Get under the Silverado and find cables that come together. At the point where they come together you will find an adjuster nut. Use a screwdriver to turn the adjuster nut.
  • Spin the rear wheels to verify they spin freely. If they don't spin freely, turn the adjuster nut the other direction.
  • Raise up the vehicle with the jack and remove the jack stands. Lower the vehicle to the ground and remove the wheel chocks.