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Hi Arthur I am assuming the cruise is a standard cruise chassis. The hand brake is self adjusting there is no actual adjustment for the handbrake. It is normal for the hand brake lever to be high however, of course there is high or really high. If your lever is abnormally high and not holding the vehicle when lever is fully up something is wrong either the self adjusters are not working or brakes or cables have worn or stretched. Good luck
The parking/emergency brake is always mechanical no matter what vehicle you have. The cables usually become rusted and no longer move. So, yes, you'll have to replace some if not all the cables. Usually that's enough to fix the problem as the rear brakes hydraulically are probably working fine. (Normal pedal brake use)
Here is a diagram for an 2007, it seems to only have 2 cables. Your lever to the brake cables is probably fine.
If Disc brakes jack up wheels , make sure the cable is not binding or frozen , pull hand leaver on three clicks, adjust cable till brakes just start to bind, release hand brake and check the wheels are free to turn. Drum brake check cables are free, back off cable till slack, check lining to drum adjusters are free and adjust if need be, pull hand brake on three clicks, adjust cable so brakes just start to bind release hand brake and make sure the wheels are free to turn ,
Check the cable to ensure it hasn't been stretched. Does it have tension on it when you release it? It should have. A stretched cable will often engage the parking brake, but not release it. This is due to the condition of your hardware in the drum itself. I recommend removing the brake components and either replacing them, or cleaning and greasing them to restore proper function. Check for cracked/broken springs and worn surfaces of course. Sometimes the hangers and mounts for the cable break off or become loose. Inspect those for rust/corrosion. Please remember to use wheel chocks and safety stands when under a vehicle.
First make sure the rear breaks are ajusted or replaced when worn out drum to be skeemed aswell. Usally whe rear brakes are ajusted hand break will stop car on two to four clicks on hand brake rachet. If brakes is ajusted check cables for wear . Then ajust cable insite car remove hand brake cover and you will see a ajustable screw or nut. Rememeber to put the handbrake on four clicks and dont tighten screw or nut to much the brakes will lock
OK, if the hand brake is too high and is not holding the car on a hill, then the rear brakes should be adjusted. If the brakes in the rear are adjusted tightly, the hand brake should return to normal operation. If not, then the cable will have to be shortened by twisting the adjusting nut (or screws) to tighten due to a stretched cable.
Id be inclined to adjust the rear brake shoes How high do you have to lift the hand brake lever?Some service centres/mechanics adjust the hand brake cable and not the shoes as they should because its easier and quicker Its a short cut !!