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Emergency brake doesn't work

My emergency brake is on my to-do list... It doesn't work at all currently. When I bought the truck it would hold slightly, and I figured it just needed adjusted.

I pulled the handle to release it and the handle is now stuck out and will not go back to the normal position.

I tried searching but didn't have much luck. Anybody have similar issues? Stretched cable(s)? Need adjusted?


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There is no adjustment for the cable, the only adjustment is to adjust your rear brakes.
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If your parking brake pedal assembly itself is the problem here is how to fix it.

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Thanks for that link country hick.

I'm assuming (without having torn anything apart) that the spring fell off of that assembly..I'll give that fix a shot when I have time and see if that fixes everything.

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I've got a spare assembly floating around, let me know if you need it

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Did a little bit of diagnosing today. it has good tension when set..the issue is that the when you release it, it does not pull that lever back down. if you manually pull down the lever, the parking brake functions perfectly fine. when you release it, it doesn't work again unless manually pulled down again.

does reversing the spring fix that?

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sounds like maybe a kinked cable on the lever or where it hooks to on the brake mechanism is slightly gummed up

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I'm having a parking brake issue too, but mine is that the spring that pulls the cable isn't engaging when you push the pedal. Is the only option to fix this replacing it?

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There is no adjustment for the cable, the only adjustment is to adjust your rear brakes.
Adjusting Drum Brakes
Bill, you know I'd never dare doubt you, but my parking brake has a stud and a but that you can tighten up to take out slack.

Or is it for something else?

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