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How do I adjust the emergency brake so it will hold tight.

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If u get under the truck u will see the park brake cables on the drivers side, the one cable Y's out to the rear brakes, where it Y's you will see two nuts and a threaded rod, that is where u adjust it, turn the adj nuts to make the rod shorter.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

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SOURCE: 2004 Mercury Mountaineer Emergency Brake Adjustment

Greetings larslabs,
My name is Dennis and I can assist you to finding your parking brake adjustment location.
1) the adjustment is located so that you have to remove your center console floor finish panel (this is the drink holder).
2) raise your parking brake lever and gently pry the plastic tabs from the center console.
3) Once you can see the park brake lever you will see a nut that is turned to adjust the lever so that it has 5 clicks when it is applied.
Glad to be of assistance and thank you for using FixYa. Please rate the solution because I can learn from your rating (and it keeps my rating up to date). Thank you, Dennis

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SOURCE: I need to adjust my parking brake on my 2003

there should be an adjusting screw around the lever that is used to apply the parking brake. if you tighten this until there is a slight drag in the back tires and then back off two full turns then that will adjust the parking brake.

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SOURCE: 2003 silverado HD adjust emergency brake cable?

first you need to check the rear brakes ,the emergency brakes work off the rear brakes, there is an adjustment on the center of cable that goes between both rear brakes,hope this is some help,thanks robert b.

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SOURCE: How can adjust the emergency brake for my 2004 GMC Envoy...

if you have drum brakes you may have to pull the drum and check that the ajusters turn freely and ajust them up. if there disc brakes you may have a stuck caliper or a streched cable there should be an ajuster on the cable just turn it till your happy wilh the slack.

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SOURCE: how to adjust emergency brake on 1999 ford ranger?

First pull the plug in the braka adjusting tool and make sure you still have enought shoe left to adjust then follow the cable from the rear brakes to the Y that connets the to brake cables then get a wire brush and brush off the threded end of the Y spray with WD 40 and then unlock the locking nut using two wrenches to hold one nut while removing the other then adjust the single end of the Y nut towards the joining part of the Y adjust it till cable is fairly snug jack up the rig so the wheels are off the ground and make sure the wheels still turn freely. are you sure that the auto ajusters are working? if you see the brake lining is less than 1/16 of an inch the thickness of a dime then replace the brake shoes first. If you need more information let me know and if you adjust the cable and need to replace the shoes later you will have to back off the nut to get the shoes on. thanks for using Fixya and if this was helpful please rate.

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The adjuster is all the way closed and the drum wont go on


If we are talking about the rear brake and it is a drum brake(some have rotors), the drum brake is also your Emergency brake.

The Emergency brake has a cable and it often is self-adjusting. What has probably happened in your car is that the adjuster has tightened up and the OFF position is too tight for the thickness of the new brake material.

The cable winds on a reel in the Emergency brake assembly for those units with self-adjusters. Simple lock-nuts manually adjust the cable on other units.

So what you want to do is unreel the self-adjuster by keeping your fingers clear and pushing a release tab on the Emergency brake cable reel. Or manually back off the manually adjusting lock nuts on the brake cable. You may have to work loose the rust in the pivot at the backing plate.

Once you get the pivot to fully swing into the drum, the adjuster will contract enough for the drum to fit.

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Make sure you have lots of "meat" on your brake shoes.
Emergency brakes only apply rear brakes by using shoes against the drum, that are pulled by the cable, that's attached to the emergency brake lever / pedal....and actuated by the driver.

It has to be one of those three components...may have to pull the drum and actuate the pedal / lever to see if the cable spreads the shoes and make adjustments from there.

If your back brakes don't hold...it can also cause the ABS light to illuminate...

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1994 mercury grand marquis. My emergency brake light will not stay on when the brake is on. The bulb has be checked and it is still go. I need this for it to pass inspection


Hello, These controls are very simple. You need to have the switch adjusted in the holder under the dash or more slack in the adjustment cable.

The way this works is the contact switch needs to extended far enough to activate the bulb. If the Emergency brake is too tight, the contact switch does not get enough room to extend. There is adjustment in the holder for this. What usually happens is the contact switch has extended for a worn system.

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Follow the cable until you find the adjustment screws and turnbuckle on the cable.

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