How to Adjust Emergency Brake on Chevy Silverado? (Solved)

Imagine how frustrated you would be when you try to park your car but can’t do it as you cannot adjust your emergency brake.

The Chevy Silverado always had some issues when people try to park it. The owners of the car notice that the Chevy Silverado rolls backward or forward even when they use the emergency brake. The owners often get frustrated with this issue with the Emergency Brake of Chevy Silverado.

We need an Emergency break when we park a car so that it doesn’t move from its place. That’s why we need to learn about how to adjust Emergency Brake on Chevy Silverado as that car is mostly known for malfunctioned brakes while parking.

So, stick with us to the end for learning how to adjust an Emergency Brake on Chevy Silverado.

How the emergency brake operates on Chevy Silverado

You should know that the emergency brake is not with the pedals. Rather it’s situated on the right side of the driver when your steering wheel is on the left side. We only use the parking brake when the pedal brake is malfunctioning. But many people use the parking brake even if the pedal brake is working fine.

In a Chevy Silverado, you have to elevate the hand lever to hit off the parking brake. While you elevate the lever to pull off the emergency brake, the braking shoes will move to register pressure on the braking plates that are located on the rear wheels. This prevents the car interrupted from moving.

Always keep the parking brake lever in the default position when you are not using it. If your emergency brake is not working correctly, then you will be in need of adjusting the braking shoes.

Tools you need for adjusting the emergency brake

You can go to any automobile repair shop or the Chevrolet repair shop to adjust the braking shoes, or you can just do it on your own.

The tools you’ll be needing to do the work are a Jack, a Wrench, and a Ratchet Wrench, that’s all. 

The Jack will be used to elevate the rear side of the Chevy Silverado. You need the Wrench to remove the nuts and the screws from the wheel. Finally, using the Ratchet Wrench will be needed to remove the brake calipers.

Steps to adjust Emergency Brake on Chevy Silverado

Now, we will be providing you with the actual step-by-step guide to adjusting the parking brake. To be more specific, we are going to show you how to adjust the braking shoes if your emergency brake is malfunctioning on a Chevy Silverado.

Raising the Chevy Silverado

First, you need to locate the emergency braking mechanism, which is located on the rear wheels of your Chevy Silverado. Thus, you have to remove the rear tires to get a hold of the mechanisms of the brake.

Now, raise up the rear wheels with the Jack. Remember to park the Chevy Silverado on an evenly balanced and unyielding ground so that your Jack doesn’t slip off.

Once you’ve raised up the car, remove the nuts and screws from the rear wheels with the help of a Wrench.

Dismounting the Rear Tire

You’ve raised the car and loosened up all the nuts and screws from the rear wheels of the Chevy Silverado using a Wrench. Now, dismount the rear tire entirely. You should be seeing the brake rotors and the calipers.

Dismounting the Rotor and Brake Calipers

For getting access to the parking brake system’s mechanism you have to dismount the brake calipers and the brake rotors.

You’ll be needing a Ratchet Wrench for this job. There should be seeing the brake calipers affixed with three bolts. Once you’ve found the bolts, remove them. Then, coast down the brake calipers to dismount it with your hand.

Do the same steps with the brake rotor and remove them by sliding down with your hands.

Adjusting the braking shoes

Once you’ve alighted the brake rotor and the brake calipers, the parking braking mechanism of your Chevy Silverado is now completely exposed. This is where we start the real work.

You should see a rotary turn dial there. It’s situated between 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock. The dial should be attached to a bolt. This bolt is used for pushing the shoes near the brake rotor.

The braking shoes put in a compulsion to the brake rotor and the parking brakes start to work. This means, for adjusting the emergency brake, you have to push the bolt that is attached to the braking shoes closer to the brake rotor to make it work.

You figured out how to make it work. Now you just have to adjust the dial that pushes the braking shoes to the brake rotors. You can mount the brake rotor back to see if the compulsion is correct or not. If it’s not then dismount the rotor again, and adjust the dial accordingly.

Wrapping up

If you’ve followed all the steps correctly, the emergency brake of your Chevy Silverado should be adjusted. Now, you have to mount back everything you’ve dismounted.

You can start with the brake rotor. Then, comes the brake calipers and the three bolts you’ve loosened to remove the calipers. Bolt them back with the Ratchet Wrench.

Then, mount the rear tire back and attach the screws and nuts with a Wrench. All parts have been re-mounted and you’re good to go now.

Final Words

Look, we know this sort of work needs a lot of sweat and labor, but it will save you nearly 300 US dollars. If you find yourself in a troubling situation while adjusting the emergency brake, feel free to contact the Chevrolet Support Center.

Lastly, good luck with adjusting the parking braking mechanism on your own.

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