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Adjusting the cables on a car hoist

When raising the hoist, the lock or clicking sound that is the last to click that is the side that needs adjusting. Before you begin, make sure that the hoist is on the first set of locks. Hold the handle down so the pressure is off the pistons. Adjust the cable with a pair of vise grips on top of the cable( not on the threads). Use a pair of channel locks on the nut underneath. Turn until the cable is tight. Run the hoist to check if both clicks or locks work together. Do not over tighten the cable.

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Clicking noise while reversing


put it on a hoist and visually inspect it then adjust the shift cable its moving to close to park position and the clicking is probably the park pin in the trans

Mar 10, 2014 | 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2004 Mustang gets locked in Park


The brake pedal switch will casue both these issues. Are you sure the switch is good? You can test it with a multimeter. Remove the switch. When it's removed the switch will be in the closed position. When you adjust it, you want to hear the switch click right after you depress the pedal. Adjust it so the switch doesn't click until you begin pressing the pedal. Good luck.

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The cable for the spare tire on my 2006 1500 works fine (it's all the way down) but the retainer did not lower at all so I cannot pick up the spare tire. Can anyone help? Thanks


  1. Rotate the hoist shaft counterclockwise until approximately 15 cm (6 in) of cable (1) is exposed.
  2. While holding the latch pin (3), fully depress the latch button (2) and release the secondary latch from the hoist assembly. Some side-to-side and/or up-and-down movement may be necessary to disengage the latch mechanism.
  3. Continue rotating the hoist shaft counterclockwise in order to lower the hoist the rest of the way.
  4. If this does not release the secondary latch, the spare tire hoist will need to be replaced. See the following procedure.
Important: If the spare tire hoist has been fully raised without a spare tire in place, the secondary latch mechanism may have become engaged. If this has occurred the hoist will not lower and the following steps will need to be followed:

Nov 01, 2009 | 2005 Chevrolet Silverado

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how to adjust handbrake cable


HANDBRAKE CABLE ADJUSTMENT

1. Raise the vehicle and release the handbrake.
2. De-adjust the handbrake cable.
  • Remove the locking pin.
  • Slacken the adjuster locknut.
  • Slacken the adjuster until the levers on the callipers have returned to their stops.
3. Paint alignment lines on the lever and caliper
4. Tighten the adjuster until the caliper levers move from the alignment lines.
5. Apply the handbrake to equalise the cable.
6. Tighten the adjuster locknut to a minimum of three clicks and a maximum of six clicks.
7. Fit a new adjuster locking pin.
8. Lower the vehicle.

Jun 04, 2009 | 2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder

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Clicking from what sounds like the rear of the vehicle.


it all depends where the noise is.
when a vehicle is put on the hoist,the suspension hangs free.
on older vehicles,this can stress components in the suspension.
have someone drive the vehicle slowly and you walk beside to see if the noise is front or back and which side.
or if you have the use of a hoist,put it up and rotate the wheels and see if there is a noise.
then check the driveshafts
if the rear wheels were removed,the shoes on the back may not be set and click...
you have to figure out where the noise is then examine all the components in that quadrant

May 13, 2009 | 2004 Ford Explorer

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