My emergency brake is out again on my 2000 Chevy Silverado
Exactly one year ago I had my emergency brake fixed on my truck because I was told it had to work for inspection.
They charged me $75-$100 to fix it. I remember them saying something about a recall or something with these year models having problems with the emergency brake and/or the cable mechanism that locks it.
Anyway, I was really wanting to know my options before taking it to a place like that again and getting charged for it. I was reading on here about other people getting it fixed for free? Is that true or should I pay these guys again to fix something that will be broke again in a year.
Please help. I need some clarification on the whole mess.
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Re: My emergency brake is out again on my 2000 Chevy...
I had a 2002 silverado and there was a recall for the same thing,plus a few others. Take it to a chevy dealer, they will check the vin# to see if your truck is among the recalls,If it is they will fix it, no charge. Any recall on any vehicle, the dealer has to fix it for nothing.
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This year of truck did have issues with rear disc brakes. Quality of pads is extremely critical. Go with the AC Delco pads and rotors to eleviate some of the issue. Make sure that the slide pins are liberally lubricated and move freely or drag will cause excessive heat to occur. Let me know if you need anything else.
Sounds like a likely possibility, the reverse method definetly did the trick in loosening the brake, but it may still be slightly applied, put it in a warm place when you can, or have a shop look at it indoors, it may need to be re-adjusted, or even just warmed up until the cable frees up again
I had the same problem on my 2003. Open the driver door all the way. Get on your knees just outside the door. Follow the plastic tub that holds the parking brake release cable inside the truck. Start from the release lever and follow to the end of the tube. There will be a metal lever that the cable was attached to before it broke. You have to pull that lever with your hand to release the parking brake. Very Important!!!...Hold the parking brake activation pedal with your other hand when you release the brake. Let the pedal out slowly when you pull the metal release lever. The pedal will come back very fast and you could injure yourself if you are not careful. Good luck!
Same thing happened to me on my 2000 silverado July 3, 2009. There is a release next to the parking brake pedal. You have to reach way under the dash but it has worked for me for the last month. I have the part to fix it but haven't had the time.
There is a light sensor that tells the truck if it is night or day on the dash. Make sure that is it not covered up. If is is not then you may have a bad sensor. It sounds like the sensor is telling the truck that it is night every time the truck is running.
Start the tuck with the park brake on to see if the light come on when it starts. If they do you have a bad relay if not it is most likely that sensor on the dash.
a recall is usually pulled up and goes by vin# if iit was built at different plant or later date than recalls fall into it doesnt have same issue as the rest of the year.usually those ebrake shoes dont burn up without e brake being slighty on and dragging.You wont even notice it and sometimes it just slight enough light in dash doesnt come on,
The rear drum style brakes can be adjusted by removing the rubber plug on the back of the plate, and using a brake tool or flathead you can turn the "star wheel" adjuster to move the shoes closer or further from the drum.