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Old 11-18-2010, 07:23 PM
zicarias zicarias is offline
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Default E-brake issue

My parking brake has to be jammed down all the way into the floor for it to hold my truck and on any sort of slight incline, that won't even do it. Apparently the parking brake has no manual adjustment along the cable anywhere and is "self-adjusting". I'm pretty sure it utilizes the same drums as the rear brakes, so I'm wondering if the rear brakes just need adjusting and maybe that would correct the parking brake problem?

The regular brakes work great, theyre not squishy and dont go all the way to the floor, its just the parking brake (rear drums).

The trucks in the shop right now for something else and I had them take a look at the rear adjustment and they're saying I need new boots and some other innards for the rear brakes but I'm still skeptical.

Also, I realize I could leave it in gear or haul around blocks for my tires but I'm not interested in finding a work around - just a solution for a non working parking brake

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Old 11-22-2010, 06:27 AM
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Default Re: E-brake issue

What have you found out so far? My '94 was doing the same thing, but I adjusted them up so they would work better, but now it almost seems like they are dragging. It takes extra effort to getting going while in reverse and my mileage has dropped some. Just wondering.
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:41 PM
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Default Re: E-brake issue

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My parking brake has to be jammed down all the way into the floor for it to hold my truck and on any sort of slight incline, that won't even do it. Apparently the parking brake has no manual adjustment along the cable anywhere and is "self-adjusting". I'm pretty sure it utilizes the same drums as the rear brakes, so I'm wondering if the rear brakes just need adjusting and maybe that would correct the parking brake problem?

The regular brakes work great, theyre not squishy and dont go all the way to the floor, its just the parking brake (rear drums).

The trucks in the shop right now for something else and I had them take a look at the rear adjustment and they're saying I need new boots and some other innards for the rear brakes but I'm still skeptical.

Also, I realize I could leave it in gear or haul around blocks for my tires but I'm not interested in finding a work around - just a solution for a non working parking brake

Thanks
I think you mean you need ne brake "shoes" not "boots.....even with the shoes worn if the brakes are adjusted correctly and the cable is not stretched the ebrake should work........I would have them adust the back brakes. if that does not work then you might think about putting in new ebrake cables...I did my front one....a total PITA.......I have a thread with pics around here somewhere.....

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here is the link for the ebrake cable. You might be able to just replace the intermediate and back ebrake cables they are easy. that might help withthe slack...... I have pics at post #18 http://www.therangerstation.com/foru...853#post829853
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:29 PM
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Default Re: E-brake issue

As long as they are in decent shape rear drums do the self-adjusting every time you reverse and put on the brakes by design. You need the E brake working for a safety check. But if your motor has good compression and the clutch is good..parking in gear should be enough. On a hill with a curb you can park with the front of the front wheels turned towards the curb just in case it did roll back. Especially in winter climates the parking brake cables have a tendency to eventually seize-up, especially if you don't use them all the time. Driving with them dragging because of them sticking can ruin your drums and brake shoes. One reply describes that happening.
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