Again, thanks for responding. The saga goes on. In reference to 'your' question---NO, I do not see any parking brake adjusting mechanism and/or threaded rod, etc. As you would typically expect in a "normally" designed automobile! Nothing at the handle or anywhere in the cable assembly leading to the rear wheels anywhere, thus the initial reason for my question about the adjustment procedure (don't particularly trust Haynes' manuals!) The entire braking system in this car is a sick joke--ABS a further nightmare! If the "engineers"? That designed this rolling piece of crap (and sick excuse for an automobile) made any more than $8/hr. They were seriously "overpaid" by at least $6/hr! Yes--you are correct, the self adjusters never work properly, never have and never will. I also replaced the star adjusters, levers, springs and all the other hardware and YES, they are indeed installed properly and on the correct sides of the vehicle. Even with the adjusters manually cranked up to the point of the shoes mildly scuffing the drums, the parking brake handle still needs 6 or 7 "clicks" before the brakes actually apply. I've never encountered such weird brake problems in ANY vehicle I've ever owned and/or worked on (and I've had "plenty"!) I guess we've exhausted all possible answers to these problems with this fine specimen of "engineering excellence"! **Thanks for your help. I've been a GM man for over 40 yrs. (Corvettes, Chevelles, Nova's--even Corvair's & Vega's!) But THIS one takes the cake! The car otherwise runs great considering the age and mileage, but really leaves alot to be desired when it comes to servicing, adjustments and overall engineering. **Same piece of crap as the (clone) Cavalier---Thanx again.
Friday, January 22nd, 2010 AT 10:34 PM