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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-07-2003, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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how to adjust parking/emergency brake?

Hey guys,

I had a brake job done on my 1991 k1500 the other day and I asked if they could adjust the parking brake. They said that it is ajusted all the way out except that it still goes to the floor (which is wrong right?)

I looked at that threaded adjuster and sure enough it is like 2 threads from being off. I read in my hayes manual that you are suspose to click the brake down like 4-5 clicks and then adjust that adjuster. The cable gets tight, but not super tight.

I am wondering how to exactly do this the correct way so the parking brake works better. They told me "cable stretch" but I don't buy it. The parking brake worked before but it still went to the floor, but it did grab a bunch better. My dad's chevy astro van (1989) thing grabs like no other. I want to adjust mine as much as I can.

Please let me know how to do this.

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Re: how to adjust parking/emergency brake?

I think they're some other adjustment in the rear drums......
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-10-2003, 06:18 PM
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Re: how to adjust parking/emergency brake?

I'd try adjusting the rear shoes. I've noticed before that I adjusted it then the e-brake didn't go down as far. I know on my 98 you have to pull the drums to adjust them, Stupid way, some vehicles (not sure about your truck) have a hole in the backing plate which can be adjusted with a flat screwdriver.
If you can't then pull the drum and turn the little wheel with teeth on it.
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