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If you have a handbrake, you can remove some screws around the handbrake covering. The screws are sometimes well hidden so you have to look around.
When you get the covering off, there are two adjusting nuts at the rear of the handbrake. Turn the screws until you can get "5 clicks" on the handbrake to set the brakes.
Some jack up the car while doing this so they can rotate the wheels by hand to feel when the brakes touch the pads.
Hope this helps

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Diagram for parking brake cables


Removal & Installation
  1. For the 1500HD, relieve the tension from the park brake cable by pulling down on the park brake cable in front of the equalizer then removing the cable from the equalizer bar.
  2. For the 25/35 series Disable the park brake cable automatic adjuster.
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4. Remove the tire and the wheel.
  5. Perform the following procedure to remove the cable (2) from the backing plate (4):
    • Compress the spring (3) by pushing toward the lever (1).
    • Depress the locking tabs.
    • Pull the cable housing out of the backing plate (4).
    • Remove the cable (2) through the slot in the backing plate.
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      Lever (1), cable (2), spring (3) and backing plate (4)

  6. Remove the park brake cable (2) from the lever (1).
  7. Remove the rotor.
  8. Remove the rear axle shaft.
  9. Remove the park brake shoe return spring (6).
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    Park brake shoe assembly 1500HD, 25 and 35 Series
    Click to Enlarge

  10. Remove the park brake shoe anchor springs and pins.
  11. Separate the tips of the shoes from the park brake actuator and remove the park brake shoes and adjuster assembly from the vehicle.

To install:

  1. Clean the debris and the dust from the park brake components using a clean shop cloth.
  2. Install the adjuster assembly to the park brake shoes.
  3. Separate the tips of the shoes and install the park brake shoes to the park brake actuator.
  4. Install the park brake shoe anchor springs and pins.
  5. Install the park brake shoe return spring (6).
  6. Adjust the park brake shoe.
  7. Install the rear axle shaft.
  8. Install the rotor.
  9. Install the park brake cable (2) to the lever (1).
  10. Perform the following procedure to install the cable (2) to the backing plate (4):
    • Compress the spring (3) by pushing towards the lever (1).
    • Route the cable (2) through the slot in the backing plate.
    • Push the cable housing into the backing plate (4) until the locking tabs snap into place.
  11. Install the tire and wheel.
  12. Remove the safety stands.
  13. Lower the vehicle.
  14. Enable the park brake cable automatic adjuster.
  15. For the 1500HD, install the park brake cable to the equalizer by pulling down on the park brake cable in front of the equalizer then installing the cable to the equalizer bar.
  16. Adjust the park brake cable.
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Jan 13, 2011 | 1995 Ford F150 Styleside Regular Cab

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How to installing brake shoes on back ?


First you have to compress the parking brake cable spring and attach the parking brake lever.
Clean and lubricate the brake backing plate.
Use silicon Brake Caliper Grease and Dielectric Compound.
Then,
install the rear brake shoes and linings:
1) position the rear brake shoes and linings
2) position the parking brake lever
3) install the brake shoe hold-down spring pins and the brake shoe hold-down springs.

Install the parking brake strut
1. install the parkig brake link spring on the parking brake strut
2. install the parking brake strut
3. Install the brake shoe anchor ping guide plate.

Install the short brake shoe retracting spring
1. Place the brake shoe adjusting lever cable over the anchor pin, with crimped side in
2. Install the short brake shoe retracting spring

Note: Make sure the brake shoe adjusting lever cable is positioned in the cable guide groove

Install the long brake shoe retracting
1. install the cable guide
2. position the brake shoe adjusting lever cable in the cable guide groove
3. install the long brake shoe retracting spring

Note: to prevent incorrect installation, teh socket of each brake adjuster screw is stamped R or L

Assemble the brake adjuster screw assembly.
1. apply silicone brake caliper grease and dielectric compound
2. install the brake adjuster screw into the brake show adjusting screw nut to the end of the threads and then loosen one half turn
3. install the brake shoe adjusting screw socket on the brake shoe adjusting screw nut.

Install the brake adjuster screw assembly
1. Position the brake adjuster screw assembly
2. Install the brake shoe adjusting screw spring
3. Position the brake shoe adjusting lever cable
4. Position the adjusting lever return spring and the brake shoe adjusting lever
5. Hook the brake shoe adjusting lever cable to the brake shoe adjusting lever.

Test the operation of the automatic self-adjuster
1. Pull the brake shoe adjusting lever cable and check that the brake shoe adjusting lever rotates the brake shoe adjuster assembly
2. Release the brake shoe adjusting lever cable and check that the brake shoe adjusting lever advances to the next notch on the brake shoe adjusting screw nut.

Adjust the brakes.

Install the brake drum.

Thats it

Sep 10, 2010 | 1998 Ford Ranger SuperCab

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How to adjust parking brake. do you need to take anything apart?


You cannot adjust the cables on a minivan manually. the tension is automaitcally adjusted by the self adjuster on the pedal release.

The park brake cables on this vehicle have an automatic self adjuster built into the park brake pedal mechanism. When the foot operated park brake pedal is in its released (upward most) position, a clock spring automatically adjusts the park brake cables. The park brake cables are adjusted (tensioned) just enough to remove all the slack from the cables. The automatic adjuster system will not over adjust the cables causing rear brake drag.

Due to the automatic adjust feature of the park brake pedal, adjustment of the parking brake cables on these vehicles relies on proper drum brake.

When the park brake pedal is applied the self adjuster is by-passed and the pedal operates normally to engage the park brakes.

When a service procedure needs to be performed on the park brake pedal or the park brake cables, the automatic self adjuster can be manually locked out by the service technician.

Aug 25, 2010 | 2004 Dodge Caravan

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How to adjust the parking brake cable on a golf 2002


Remove center console extension
  • With parking brake released, depress brake pedal forcefully one time.
  • With parking brake released, tighten cable adjustment nuts until levers (arrow) on brake calipers lift off of stops.
  • Maximum 1.5 mm (0.059 inch) from stop (arrow) is permissible on each side
  • Pull parking brake on 3 times and then release again.
  • Check that both wheels turn freely.

  • May 06, 2010 | 2002 Volkswagen Golf

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    Parking Brake doesn't work. I have adjusted the


    Check your rear brakes and their adjustment. If parking brake is seperate check them also. The brakes have to work and be adjusted properly then adjust parking brake.

    Sep 08, 2009 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    Adjusting Padking Brake with 4 wheel disc brakes.


    Hope this helps. This is out of the factory manual. Let me know if this works for you.
    PARKING BRAKE NOTE: Tensioner adjustment is only necessary when the tensioner, or a cable has been replaced or disconnected for service. When adjustment is necessary, perform adjustment only as described in the following procedure. This is necessary to avoid faulty park brake operation.
    1. Raise vehicle.
    2. Fully back off cable tensioner adjusting nut at equalizer to create slack in cables.
    3. Remove rear wheel/tire assemblies. Remove brake calipers and rotors.
    4. Verify park brakes are in good condition and operating properly.
    5. Verify park brake cables operate freely and are not binding, or seized.
    6. Check park brake shoe adjustment.
    7. Reinstall rotors and make sure rotors turn freely.
    8. Reinstall brake calipers. Tighten guide pin bolts to 41 n·m (30 ft.lbs.)
    9. Reinstall wheel/tire assemblies after brake shoe adjustment is complete.
    10. Lower vehicle enough for access to park brake foot pedal. Fully apply park brakes
    NOTE: Leave park brakes applied until adjustment is complete.
    1. Raise vehicle again.
    2. Mark tensioner rod 6.35 mm (1/4 in.) from edge of tensioner bracket Adjustment Mark On Cable Tensioner Rod
    3. Tighten adjusting nut at equalizer until mark on tensioner rod moves into alignment with tensioner bracket
    CAUTION: Do not loosen, or tighten the tensioner adjusting nut for any reason after completing adjustment.
    1. Lower vehicle until rear wheels are 15-20 cm (6-8 in.) off shop floor.
    2. Release park brake foot pedal and verify that rear wheels rotate freely without drag. Verify pedal returns to fully released position.
    3. Lower the vehicle

    Mar 09, 2009 | 1999 Chrysler 300M

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    Park Brake Adjustment



    Park Brake Adjustment (Disc Brake)

    Tools Required

    j 21177-A Drum-to-Brake Shoe Clearance Gage

    Park Brake Shoe Adjustment

    Caution: Refer to Brake Dust Caution.

    Important: The park brake shoes must be adjusted before the park brake cable tension is adjusted.Set the J 21177-A so it contacts the inside diameter of the rotor
    1. Position the J 21177-A over the shoe and the lining at the widest point.
    2. Turn the adjuster nut until the lining just contacts the J 21177-A. Park brake shoe to brake rotor clearance: 0.6604 mm (0.026 in)
    3. Repeat steps 1-3 for the opposite side.
    Park Brake Cable Tension Adjustment

    Important: Before you adjust the park brake cable tension, verify that the park brake shoes are adjusted to provide a clearance of 0.6604 mm (0.026 in) and the rear disc brake rotors are installed.

    1. Verify the self adjuster lock-out pin has been removed.
    2. Fully apply and release the park brake pedal 3 times.

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