I have a 2001 Corolla CE plus, I replaced the rear shoes and they seem fine, but my emergency brake isn't as tight as it was. Should I make an adjustment to the hand brake cable, should the brake shoes be readjusted or have I overlooked something? I checked and rechecked each side before I reassembled the drums and tires, this is the first time I have encountered this problem. Sidenote: the handbrake tension did become tighter after several applications of the handbrake handle.
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Re: Emergency Brake Loss
After you put it all back together did you drive the car in reverse then apply park brake? If not give this a try, just use your hand park to stop the car, these should fix the problem,Let me know how you made out.
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Was the brake shoes replacement a DIY or professional job. If DIY, are you certain that you reassembled the brakes properly? Does the truck move at all? Does it feel as though the e-brake is applied? With the e-brake pedal to the floor, the truck should not move freely when the accelerator pedal is depressed. The emergency brake assemblies on both rear wheels are connected to a cable assembly that ultimately leads to the e-brake pedal. The cable has an adjustment point and a spring tensioner to prevent slack in the cable. First, crawl under and physically check the cable tension. If it's loose, either the cables are not connected to the rear wheels' brake assemblies, not connected properly, or the cable and/or pedal is damaged/broken. If the cable is tight - overly tight, but the e-brake is not holding the truck from moving, the e-brake levers attached to the shoes inside the brake drums are likely not installed correctly. Double check your installation and consider replacing the e-brake cable (as a precaution). As for the pedal, you may have to remove it in order to get the ratchet-locking mechanism to release. Of course, if this was a professional job, call the shop and have them make it right. Good luck.
On the rear wheels, the inside of the rotors act as a drum for the emergency brake shoes. You must loosen the emergency brake so that the shoes back away from the inside walls of the rotor. Loosen the emergency brake, left and right side, by loosening both nuts at the emergency brake handle. Further, the emergency brake's internal adjusting nuts are accessible through the lug holes in the hub. Then remove the rear rotors
brake seem to tighten when applied? out of adjustment? rear disk or drum brakes? if disk it might be built into the caliper like mine and the calipers can go bad so they wont set or is drums shoes worn or out of adjustment?
I believe the 94 Sunbird's have rear emergency brakes. The rear brakes are drum brakes and it's very hard for them to lock up but should slow the car down to a stop and hold it from moving when at a stop.
The way they work is, the emergency brake cable pulls on the one of the brake shoes to the brake drums on each side so you only have 50% of your braking power to start with.
If your brake's are not holding when it's at a stop position, the brake shoes are warn or glazed over and need to be replaced.
You can try adjusting then by backing up a few times like say 7 times and giving it full brake application. That should adjust the brakes if the self adjusters are still working.
Good luck and hope this helps
You can't remove the rotors because the emergency brake is tight on the
inside of the rotors. Make sure it's not engaged when you are working
on the rear brakes. Block the front tires for saftey. Then you have to
remove the rear calipers from the mounting brackets, there are two
bolts that hold the calipers on. Make sure you hang the calipers
securily with some wire so you don't damage the rubber brake line hose.
Then you need to adjust the emergency parking brake shoes in order to
remove the rotors. Theres a rubber plug on the backside of the rear
hubs, once you look at the back of the hub you'll see the plug. It's on
the top. Once you take out the plug, you need to use a screw driver to
turn the star spindel. You need to turn the star spindel
counter-clockwise in order to give yourself enough clearance to remove
the rotors. The beauty of this design is that ford incorporated a drum
and caliper system together, but it's difficult to take off the rotors
if the emergency brake shoes are to tight. The inside of the rotors
acts as the drums for the emergency brake system. I've done this and
it's not that hard, but, I did have to replace the emergency brake
shoes because they were worn out and the shoes fell off the metal
backing plates when I finally got the rotors to come off. They only
glued these shoes onto the backing plates, they don't rivet them so
take your time getting the rotors off or you can damage the emergency
brake shoes, but if you do they are cheap at napa. My service guide
says to install the new rotors, use a couple of lug nuts to hold it on,
then adjust the star spindal for the emergency brake all the way
clockwise until you can't turn it anymore, then you must back it off 8
clicks counter-clockwise. Make sure the emergency brake is not engaged
when you are doing this, the 8 clicks backwards compensates for when
you do engage the parking brake because the shoes expands outwards.
This adjustment sets the emergency brakes so they work properly. Once
the emergency brake is properly set you can't remove the rear rotors,
which is what your initial problem is. Then install the rubber plug
back in the hole, put on the new pads and calipers and you're good to