I have a 2002 Silverado and the parking brake goes right to the floor and
does not hold the truck. The dealer says this is normal and they cannot
adjust it any more. There is about 25,000 km on the truck. Is this a bunch
of BS or is Chevrolet really that stupid in designing a parking brake that
cannot be made to work? Thanks for any help.
loose parking brakes on 1998 Pontiac grand am, how do I adjust or tighten up?
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I have a F-350 with the same type setup. I think it is more likely the cables have stretched some. Also, my Ford has an adjustment wheel (like regular drum brakes) so you should be able to adjust them to take up some or all of that slack. And last, the shoes for my Ford (aftermarket) are $27 (for BOTH sides). The dealer is out to make a nice profit.
Have someone operate the gear shift while you watch the mechanism on the transmission so that you know what parts you are looking for. Shift into the park position, then uncouple the linkage and move the lever on the transmission fully into the park position. Then adjust the length of the linkage while holding the driver's lever in the park position so that the linkage connector goes back together without pulling on anything.
that would be your axle seals, have them replaced, that fluid is gear oil, also if the oil has gotten on any of the brake parts they must also be replaced, this includes parking brake system because if fluid got on the parking brake it will also be less effective.
The parking brake cables may be stretched and in need of adjustment. Follow the cables along to a nut. Then you can tighten the adjusters up on both sides until you have the proper tension. Also make certain none of the brackets are bent or broken that the cables ride through.