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Old 04-28-2010, 04:04 AM
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My mechanic told me today that the parking brake is not adjustable. Is this true?
... get a new mechanic. Totally adjustable.... he's probably trying to make a sale on new e-brake parts... find someone honest.
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Well, he didn't try to sell me new e-brake parts. He told me my e-brake pads are in good shape. I think he doesn't know how to adjust it.

So to adjust them, do you follow instructions given by VCLukeHumdinger above? Do you need to remove the caliper to do this? I assume you will need to remove the wheel to access this rubber plug?
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I don't know how he'd know your brake shoes were in good shape unless he took off the disc to inspect them, in which case it would be obvious to a mechanic that they are just old style drums that adjust using a star wheel.

You can access the star wheel without having to take off the wheel. It's in behind the wheel. There is an oval rubber plug that you take off to fit a flat screwdriver in to spin the star wheel to adjust the brake shoes.
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Ok, I adjusted the parking brake today. Pretty easy. For anyone trying to adjust, turn the star down towards the ground to tighten, upwards to loosen.
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That setup has been around since the forties. Real good mechanic !
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Another possible problem?

My '00 Ex is acting the same way, but started doing it suddenly, unlike an adjustment. I now remember on my '97 Club Wagon that the wheel that the parking brake cable wraps around is fabricated of two circular pieces spot welded together near the center. On the CW these broke and jammed the cable between them. Had to take the mechanism apart and re-weld the wheel together. Going now to take the underdash apart and see what gives.
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Just adjusted mine thanks to this thread....hardest part was putting the rubber plug back in, total time was probably about 10 min. thanks for the tips
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The star-wheel adjusters are often frozen/stuck and can be impossible to adjust without removing the rotor. Sometimes, the adjusters are stripped-out rendering them useless. At least one member here made his own adjuster by cutting slots in a 'real nut' (much more durable than the soft, stock option that strips out).

I prefer to adjust e-brake with the rotors (gotta do BOTH!!) off, but that just gives me an excuse to inspect everything else in there. As long as some jackwagon doesn't DRIVE with the e-brake on - these literally never need to be adjusted.

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The other is that when I put the E brake on,the "X" will roll about 6-10"
This could be just really loose adjustment, or there could be broken stuff in there. I would pull rotors and LOOK. (its only 2 more bolts after ya take the tires off.)
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My '00 Ex is acting the same way, but started doing it suddenly, unlike an adjustment. I now remember on my '97 Club Wagon that the wheel that the parking brake cable wraps around is fabricated of two circular pieces spot welded together near the center. On the CW these broke and jammed the cable between them. Had to take the mechanism apart and re-weld the wheel together. Going now to take the underdash apart and see what gives.
Where in N. GA?? If ya haven't figured it out yet, next time I'm home come on over (Blairsville) and we'll get ya dailed in!!

Meanwhile, if the pedal is moving the cable under truck - there's nuthin' wrong under the dash!
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Where in N. GA?? If ya haven't figured it out yet, next time I'm home come on over (Blairsville) and we'll get ya dailed in!!

Meanwhile, if the pedal is moving the cable under truck - there's nuthin' wrong under the dash!
Check your park brake backing plates. They rust out and then there is nothing holding the shoes in place to apply force to the drum.

You can easily see them by crawling under the truck and looking at the back of the rear wheels/brakes.
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Check your park brake backing plates. They rust out and then there is nothing holding the shoes in place to apply force to the drum.

You can easily see them by crawling under the truck and looking at the back of the rear wheels/brakes.
Holy crap!! Man, am I glad I don't live in THAT climate...
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Ive been told that if you apply the parking brake while reversing it will automatically adjust the shoes/turn the star wheel.

Thats easy to do when the parking brake is a lever inbetween the 2 seats...not so much when the lever is under the dash.
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Ive been told that if you apply the parking brake while reversing it will automatically adjust the shoes/turn the star wheel.
Not true on these trucks.........
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Not true on these trucks.........
BUMMER.

I hope my truck's p-brake system (with 200k miles) is still adjustable! I imagine its all rusted beyond recognition....fingers crossed.
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Not true on these trucks.........
Nothing is that easy on these trucks!
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