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This depends on which cable is hanging down. There are several cables in the assembly. One cable comes from the parking brake assembly under the Drivers' dash. It joins the rear cable assembly that goes to each rear wheel. Some cars have 2 separate rear wheel cables and others have a Y assembly that has to be replaced as 1 part.
There can be an adjustment rod where the front cable meets the rear assembly. Some of the parking brake reels under the dash are suppose to reel in extra slack.
Often if the rear Emergency brakes are worn out, there will be slack in the assembly.
Over here we call it a parking brake - hardly any of our cars are autos.
Parking brakes usually connect to the rear disc brake calipers but some manufacturers use a small drum brake in the disc centre for parking purposes due to the complexity of the caliper with integral parking brake.
When adjusting a parking brake it is important in most designs for the cable to be adjusted only to remove any free play without moving the caliper levers from the backstops and then if the parking brake lever or pedal travel is excessive it must be because of wear or other faults. Sometimes that basic requirement must be taken with a pinch or two of "experienced" salt...
Ford have a self adjusting parking brake I have experience of. A spring within the system preloads the cable eliminating all slack in the cable so the cable moves the caliper levers from the first. The main problem with the system is the preload spring is sometimes strong enough to overcome the resistance of the caliper spring and cause a binding brake. No manual adjustment was provided.
In that case I find fabricating and fitting brackets to anchor additional return springs to the calipers is a must.
TO ADJUST REAR PARKING BRAKE CABLE YOU NEED TO RAISE THE REAR OF THE VECHICLE SUPPORT VECHICLE USING JACK STANDS.MAKE SURE VECHICLE PARKED ON LEVEL SOLID GROUND. BLOCK THE FRONT WHEELS REMOVE REAR WHEEL.MAKE SURE PARKING BRAKE IS RELEASED NOW IF YOU HAVE REAR DISC BRAKES REMOVE THE PARKING BRAKE SHOES AND DISCONNECT THE PARKING BRAKE LEVER. UNBOLT THE CABLE HOUSING FROM THE BACKING PLATE UNBOLT ALL CABLE BRACKETS REMOVE THE EXHAUST SHIELD FOR ACCESS TO THE CABLE CLAMPS TRACE THE CABLE FORWARD LOCATE THE CABLE CLAMP LOOSEN THE CLAMP BOLT AND SLIDE THE CABLE HOUSING OUT OF THE CLAMP. DISCONNECT THE CABLE END FROM THE EQUILIZER BY ALIGNING THE CABLE WITH THE SLOT IN THE TOP OF THE EQULIZER SLIDE THE CABLE END OUT OF THE HOLE.THEN YOU PUT EVERY THING BACK IN PLACE VISA VERSA.
I had the same thing. just remove the cover from under the steering wheel and you can see the ratchet release lever. You can also remove the metal cover that is under the plastic cover for more visibility. now just reach in with a bit of stiff wire with a hook on the end and pull the lever back to you. that is all the cable does, and voila, the brake is released. now you just have to remember not to push it down again (I did!)
Hello, They have the old Starwheels in them. Just take off the rubber plugs and adjust the Starwheel looser. Check out the top of the rear brakes where the Emergency cables attach to the mounts.
When the Emergency brake cables adjust, they draw the brake mounts tighter by pulling the cables. Even when the Starwheels are loosened, the tops of the brakes can still be too close to remove the drum/rotors. You may have to backoff the adjustment nut in front of the split for the right and left Emergency brake cables. This will give you slack at the rear wheels. You may have to force the brake cable back into each wheel.
In some cases, the spring reel under the dash will need to be released to allow for even more slack. Make sure you start oiling the rotor around the wheel studs and the center of the hub.
here is the procedure from autozone.com. there are no special tools, but you need to be handy. Judge for yourself.
Removal & Installation
Raise and safely support the rear wheels.
On Front Wheel Drive models, remove the heat shield above the exhaust in the center tunnel.
Locate the threaded adjusters. On All Wheel Drive (AWD) models, they are located in the front of the lower control arms, on Front Wheel Drive (FWD) vehicles, they are located in the tunnel on the underbody of the vehicle.
Remove the locking clip between the hex nut and the adjustment housing.
Counter hold the hex nut with a 13mm wrench and thread the adjustment housing to loosen the cable until the adjustment housing is fully loosened, then slide the 2 portions of the cable toward one another.
Remove the lock clip at the brake caliper and remove the cable, taking care to not damage the cable boot.
On Front Wheel Drive models, remove the heat shield above the muffler and push aside.
Remove the cables from the cable brackets. Should the assembly aid fall out it is not necessary to reinstall it.
Using a suitable flat blade screwdriver, remove the cables from the retaining bracket at the under body tunnel where the cables enter the interior of the vehicle.
Remove the rear portion of the center console, then using a suitable flat blade screwdriver, push the cables toward the parking brake lever and press the cable ball end out of the bracket.
From under the vehicle, press the guide sleeve-locking element together and pull the cables out of the guide sleeve.
Guide the parking brake cables through until the guide sleeve locks into place.
If not previously removed, remove any plastic parts at the hand brake lever adjustment bracket as they are not needed for installation.
Using a No. 2 flat-blade screwdriver, lock the adjustment bracket at the hand brake lever to prevent it from turning.
Insert the cable end ball through the mounting in the adjustment bracket, making sure the cable locks into place in the bracket.
Working under the vehicle, route the cables through their routing brackets and attach them to the brake caliper.
The balance of installation is in reverse order of removal noting the following:
Adjust the parking brake cable and check its operation.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Release the parking brake. It may be necessary to unscrew the adjusting nuts to provide slack in the brake cable.
At each rear wheel brake caliper, remove the spring clip retaining the parking brake cable to the caliper.
Lift the cable from the caliper mount and disengage it from the parking brake lever.
Pull the cables out from under the vehicle.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
Adjust the parking brake as described at the beginning of this section.
Block the front wheels and release the hand brake.
Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle.
Remove the rear brake shoes.
Remove the brake cable assembly from the back plates.
Remove the cable adjusting nuts at the handle and detach the cable guides from the floor pan.
Pull the cables out from under the vehicle.
Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the parking brake and road test the vehicle.
If you have rear rotors that look like a rotor mounted on top of a drum brake, you will have an emergency brake inside the drum portion. The rear brake rotors are not flat like the front rotors for this style.
The E brakes have brake shoes and they have "Star" wheels for adjustment just like the regular drum brake. You really need to take off the rear rotors to inspect the inner drum portion. If you do adjust the E brakes without looking at the drum part, chances are the drum is pitted and rusty and you will be lucky to stop once before the E brake linings are ground off.
The other type of E brake works off the Rotor pads. You will see the brake cable attached to a lever on each wheel. There will be an Equalizing cable connecting both rear wheels with an adjustment point joining the main cable. Although the 3 clicks moves the main cable, to have both rear brakes equally tight you need the Equalizing properly adjusted.
you will see a bracket under your vehicle to where the emergency brakes comes into ...reverse it ....there should be a nut to tighten too ....good luck ... try tighten it first ....before reversing it ...good luck
Your emergency brake operates 100% mechanically. There should be 2 rear cables, 1 going to each wheel and connecting to the front cables somewhere ahead of the rear wheels. If you can't find them, it's possible someone has taken them off and not replaced them. They tend to seize up if not used on a regular basis. The only other problem there could be is too much slack in the cable which can be adjusted out. Go to your autoparts store and pick up an e-brake adjuster. It's just a hook assemblt that fits over the line and when you tighten it, shortens the line. Hope this helps.