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Is it me or does the hand brake suck?

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    Is it me or does the hand brake suck?

    Seriously, what is wrong with the hand brake? I've had this problem since I first got the car. I will have you know, that I don't do any drifts using the handbrake, and don't do anything unnecessary with the handbrake besides just putting it up when I park. Now, sometimes.... Sometimes, I would go pull the hand brake, gently or harder then usual, and it comes up all the way. I have to set it down, and pull it again. I had this problem with my '91 RS also. Is there a design flaw in the Camaro? I don't know if the Trans-Am's have the same problem, but it's embarrassing if people are in the car and you go pull on the hand brake when you're parking the car, and it goes up all the way! How would you go about to fixing it?
    Like I said, it doesn't happen all the time, but it's like it comes off it's track or something, or maybe it just runs out of clicks and just pops up. Once I put it down and pull it back up, it's fine for another few days or week.
    One more thing, it's not like when the handbrake is set that it's too far up or too far down, it's right in the middle so it doesn't need an adjustment.
    Last edited by ItalianSS; 06-27-2009 at 09:04 PM.

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    Just needs adjusted....
    Have to take off the rotors and the e-brake 'ring' to turn the adjuster a few clicks.

    Plus, use the power of the motor for powerslides rather than the e-brake.

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    Don't remember taking ring off, butt rotors for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuzimoto View Post
    Don't remember taking ring off, butt rotors for sure.
    Been a while since I have had them off.
    May be able to adjust without removing the ring.
    May also depend on how much adjustment is needed.

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    That is correct. Did a brake job on my wifes car and adjusted the E-brake while I was in there.
    Works better than it ever has now.

    Would have been nice though if GM designed an adjustment slot on the back side so you can use a tool to adjust without removing anything, just like any drum brake system. Sure would make taking the rotors off alot easier too.
    Oh well, another brilliant idea that went by the way side.
    Last edited by Firebirdjones; 06-29-2009 at 09:04 AM.

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    the parking brake on my ws6 sucks bad. do not like.

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    mine does something similar, when i go to engage it sometimes it acts like the lever "slips" off a gear or something. let it down and it will grab again.
    it holds pretty good, i can set it on the hill part of some ramps and it will hold the car.

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