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Join Date: May 2000
Location: Bastrop, Texas
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First thing to check is your rear brakes. Are they worn down? The e-brake works by engaging your rear brake shoes against the drum (or the disc, if you have rear discs) and thus hold the vehicle.
If the rear shoes are worn down alot the e-brake may be engaged as far as it can go and thus not effectively working.
Also if your shoes ar ok, your rear brake adjuster may not be working. Most rear brake adjuster adjust your pads to make up for the wear and thus keep your brakes engaging fully. Most adjusters work when you back your vehicle up and hit the brake pedal, when you hit the brake pedal, an actuator turns the star wheel on your brakes and adjusts your brakes outward some. You can check this when you take off your drum to inspect your shoes, turn the star wheel to adjust your shoes out to where they just barely touch your drum when you put it back on.
The other issue could be with your cable, there is usually an adjustment on the cable that allows you to tighten or loosen the cable. Maybe your cable is loose and not working very well, you can adjust the cable to tighten it up and it will further engage your e-brake.
Check the condition of your shoes and brake adjustment before you mess with the cable to make sure they are ok.
Hope this makes sense ans helps.