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I've noticed the parking brake on my truck isn't holding. Pedal will go all the way to the floor. I'm assuming it just needs adjusting. Should I adjust at the wheels or somewhere in the cables?


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Iíd start at the wheels. Itís a pain but itís the right way. If theyíre out of adjustment and you tighten the cables they still wonít hold properly and theyíll travel too far and could cause hardware trouble as well as hang up. Modern cables donít usually stretch.
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Iíd start at the wheels. Itís a pain but itís the right way. If theyíre out of adjustment and you tighten the cables they still wonít hold properly and theyíll travel too far and could cause hardware trouble as well as hang up. Modern cables donít usually stretch.
I've been under the truck to look. Passenger side wheel looks straight forward but the drivers adjust window on top of the axle looks to be a pain as you said. Thanks for the reply.

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Use a stubby flathead for that one where the hole is on top. I have the same cables from an accident that knocked the rear axle out and after adjusting the shoes the parking brake is as solid as could be

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Check to make sure you don't have any indications of oil leaking from your rear hubs too. If you see any signs of leaking, your pads are probably coated in oil. Fairly common issue with these truck.

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So I finally addressed it today. I ordered an adjustment tool to do it. Removed the drivers wheel and was able to adjust it with the wheel off. Went to do the passenger side and the star was not even in the adjustment hole. Wound up pulling the wheel and disc rotor. Rotor and shoes underneath were new. Coated in oil as mentioned above. Whomever put the new stuff on didn't even begin to adjust the passenger side. Hence the star not in the hole. Ran it out till the rotor would just barely fit over the shoes which put the star in the window.

Is there a fix for the rear seal leak? Another seal and it might not leak?

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Yes. Replace the seal when you have access to it. Anytime I pull the back apart I use a new seal going back together. Cheap enough and easy enough

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Yes. Replace the seal when you have access to it. Anytime I pull the back apart I use a new seal going back together. Cheap enough and easy enough

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Ordered a couple seals today. I'll go back in sometime soon and replace the one I know is bad. Easy and relatively cheap to replace as you say. Thanks.
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What adjustment tool did you order?

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Ordered a couple seals today. I'll go back in sometime soon and replace the one I know is bad. Easy and relatively cheap to replace as you say. Thanks.
If your emergency brake pads have oil on them, you need to replace the pads also. Get some brake cleaner and make sure you get as much of the oil out as possible.
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If your emergency brake pads have oil on them, you need to replace the pads also. Get some brake cleaner and make sure you get as much of the oil out as possible.
Brake cleaned the heck out of them and wiped everything down the first time in. They work now so I may not replace the shoes. I'll take a look at the cost.

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