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Old 11-01-2010, 01:23 PM
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Default Parking Brake Won't Properly Release

Had my truck parked on the ramp going into the shed and it was the first time I've used the parking brake since I installed the body lift in June. Now back in February or March I used it at my friend's house and I drove 6 miles before it finally released. This was before I installed the Lift. What can I do to make sure it releases properly. As you can tell I dont use it too often. But its gotten colder here in the last few days, could that have something to do with it as well?

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Old 11-01-2010, 01:29 PM
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im not sure if it has anything to do with the body lift at all but just to be sure get under the truck and have someone depress the parking brake and watch to see if the cable moves like its supposed to. if it does than its time to service the rear brakes. i had mine hang up on me once and it was because the linkages in the drum where seized up from lack of use, i hardly ever use mine. in my case i needed new shoes anyways so i did that with a new hardware kit and i greased the parking brake components good and have never had an issue since.
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:15 PM
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im not sure if it has anything to do with the body lift at all but just to be sure get under the truck and have someone depress the parking brake and watch to see if the cable moves like its supposed to. if it does than its time to service the rear brakes. i had mine hang up on me once and it was because the linkages in the drum where seized up from lack of use, i hardly ever use mine. in my case i needed new shoes anyways so i did that with a new hardware kit and i greased the parking brake components good and have never had an issue since.
My pedal only goes in about 1/2"-1". its really tight
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:00 AM
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You might need to get a longer cable then. I've heard of that being a problem from time to time doing a lift.
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:22 PM
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You might need to get a longer cable then. I've heard of that being a problem from time to time doing a lift.
my mechanic said it may just be from not using it. I havent used it since i did the lift in june. and I couldnt tell you the last time I used it before that.
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:19 AM
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That could be it. Those things have to be used regularly to keep them from gumming up from rust, grime, and what not...
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:25 PM
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That could be it. Those things have to be used regularly to keep them from gumming up from rust, grime, and what not...
I picked it up tonight, what happened was the linkage for the release handle was rusted from not being used. thats it lol and best of all no charge for the labor
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:30 PM
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yeah theyll rust bad if not being used, bought an axle from a memeber and it took me an hour to both drums off, the pins had rusted through and the shoes wanted to come out with the drums
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:37 PM
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yeah theyll rust bad if not being used, bought an axle from a memeber and it took me an hour to both drums off, the pins had rusted through and the shoes wanted to come out with the drums
my drums come off pretty easily. Just the other day i was tempted to take them off and spray every thing up with brake cleaner but I didnt get around to and then like a day later my parking brake didnt release lol
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