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Old 05-16-2020, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default Parking brake simultaneously too loose and too tight

1996 4x4 vg30E auto

Parking brake wonít function properly

I shortened the cable by cutting it and putting a new end on it near the midway slack adjuster. It now gets very tight when pulled

Iíve expanded the wheel inside the drum, and now it somehow drags and gets hot when I drive, but canít actually hold the vehicle on any some incline whatsoever. What the hell. Nothing seems to be corroded and frozen in the drum mechanism.

Any ideas? Iíve wasted a ton of time on this stupid brake.

The shoes donít look that worn but maybe I should replace them anyways?
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Old 05-17-2020, 12:36 AM   #2
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I'm no good with brakes, but it is possible that you put the shoes on backwards. They will wear a certain way, and you should reinstall them the way they came off.
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How thick is the shoe material?
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Reversed shoes is a possibility I hadn’t thought of.
Is there a way of checking?

Didn’t measure thickness but they look pretty new.
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Master cylinder not returning far enough to relieve pressure? If it’s too long it may just build pressure with every press of the pedal and not come far enough back to relieve it: try shortening it and see what happens?
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> Is there a way of checking?

I have no idea. I'm no good with brakes. LOL
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The shoes are kinda foolproof. The top of the shoe is “C” notched.

















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Those pics are what sitting 5 years will do to drum brakes. That was the mess i found on my pathfinder.
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Back off the master cylinder pushrod so there is free play and see if it works any better. I think they are adjustable?
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I’ll take a look tomorrow and see if I can get this fixed
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