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Parking brake pedal goes to floor

I installed new rotors, brake pads and parking brake shoes on rear wheels on my 2003 Chevy Suburban 1500 Z71. Parking brake pedal still goes to the floor and parking brake barely holds the vehicle. I've engaged the parking brake pedal several times and released it, but the problem still exists.

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    The engine begins to shudder and hesitate when reaching 40 mph, when The RPM's stay at 1500. if i accelerate or touch the brake pedal at the same time, the shuddering goes away. can anyone tell me what this might be from?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    How do I properly adjust parking brake, after installing new parking brake shoes?

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    lost brakes while driving also abs light on and brake light comes off and on

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    changed the rear brakes. after completion the parking brake went to floor. Sounded like springs broke in pedal mechanism. Installed a new mechanism. Now there seems to be too much slack in the cable. The parking brake pedal goes all the way down and the cable is not tight between from the front bracket to where the splitter is.

    Is there an adjustment on the pedal mechanism?

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The disc brake pads are NOT used for the parking brake. The parking brake uses mini-drum type shoes inside the rear disc rotor.

Take a look at http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_change_the_emergency_brake_pads_on_a_2000_Chevy_1500_Silverado_Pickup

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Hello;
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.
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RPM Northwest

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