This article applies to the Chevrolet Silverado GMT800 (1999-2006).
If you notice that the handbrake makes more trips than usual or makes a strange noise, it has most likely been turned off, which is very normal considering the constant use of this element. However, despite being something very common, is a problem that should not be left unattended, because over time may cease to fulfill its function, which would make the car move from the place where it was parked. Find out how to adjust the hand brake on your Chevrolet Silverado with this article.
The handbrake is the one that is usually operated by hand and permanently immobilizes the rear wheels of the vehicle.
This function is essential when the truck is parked since it prevents it from moving. In some cases, it is also used as a starting aid on inclined roads, although with today’s technology, this strategy is rarely needed. And it also serves as an emergency brake when the pedal is not working.
How does it work the Parking Brake?
The visible part of the hand brake is the control lever, which is located to the right of the driver, in the central part of the consul. To operate it, it has to be lifted, which makes the draw rod -which is connected to the derivative by means of adjusting nuts- together with the wings -which are connected to the rear wheels- generate the necessary pressure on the brake plates to leave them immobilized.
It should be remembered that this is how the mechanical handbrake works. Nowadays, many cars come with an electric hand brake, in which, instead of operating a lever, you have to press a button identified with the letter “P”
How to adjust emergency brake on Chevy Silverado
If the hand brake is not working properly and you have doubts about how to tighten it, it is best to take it to a workshop where they will be able to fix it in a short time. Although adjusting the hand brake is not complicated, and you can do it yourself if you follow the steps below:
Step 1 – Loosen lug nuts and raise truck
Use a spanner to loosen the rear nuts. Now find a suitable place in front of the rear wheel to position and use your hydraulic jack.
Continue to loosen the nuts and remove the rim.
Step 2 – Remove brake assembly
Now you will want to access the handbrake adjustment mechanism, for this you need to remove the disc brake caliper from the rotor.
Use a suitable ratchet wrench (usually a 12 mm one). Unscrew the upper bolts (3) and you can slide the caliper off the rotor. Finally, slide the rotor to see the handbrake mechanism.
Step 3 – Adjust parking brake
Now that you can see the handbrake mechanism, look at the brake assembly, you will notice that the turn dial is connected to a pin that pushes the handbrake shoes, brings the shoe closer to the rotor and tightens the braking tension.
Adjust the dial until the shoe is higher than its current setting. Turn the resistance a couple of times, mount the rotor and observe how much friction there is now between the pads and the rotor. If you do not feel that there is enough friction, disassemble the rotor and turn the dial further. This will be based more on trial and error.
Step 4 – Wrap up
Well, now that you’ve found the right setting for your handbrake, reassemble everything and enjoy your handbrake.
Things to look forward to:
- Mounting the engine
- Install and screw on the clamp
- Assemble the tires
- Place the nuts and tighten by hand
- Lower the car
- Tighten the nut with your tool