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Your parking brake cables could be stretched and need adjusting. There is generally a way to do this either by an adjuster on the cables under the car or by pulling the console out and making an adjustment inside the car on the bottom of the lever. This is simply taking the slack out of the cable. If the adjuster is under the car be prepared to go buy another unit at a parts store as it will be too corroded to work with.

Your parking brake cables could be corroded and dragging where they enter the brake drum. This is common and may require new cables or at least a good cleaning. Want to do this along with a change in the brake shoes or pads.

Lastly the brake surface itself could be worn beyond service. So new shoes or pads could be in order. If the rear brakes are pads/discs, often there is a special smaller brake or a mechanical as opposed to a hydraulic activation.

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You have to go under the truck, there are cables that are adjustable. Look on the driver side just back of the front seat location the screw adjuster is there.

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either need to adjust the emergency brake cable or replace your rear pads

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Emergency Brakes have slack on the cable . this can be adjusted by moving the adjuster at the cable to bring the cables to both wheels tighter together. Thre are also Kits you can buy at JC Whitney for this purpose.

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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.

Those are the things you need to look for.

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