Handbrakes are self adjusting and if the handbrake cable has not been correctly adjusted, the auto adjusting feature would not function correctly.
Before pulling on the handbrake lever, softly lift it and feel for resistance. There must be a minimal slack for the cable to have free play and allow the auto adjuster to work. If there are no slack, under the center console at handbrake lever, loosen the adjusting nut until slack is present.
If rear brakes are disc, depressing the brakes a few times would adjust the handbrake.
The other thing you chould check would be a bad cable. When cables are seized, the handbrake would not work efficiently.
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 AT 11:08 AM