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Old 08-17-2017, 07:03 PM   #1
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i need to know how to adjust my ebrake cable cause i need to use it again.
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:15 PM   #2
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you can adjust it under the truck where the cable splits to the rear wheels. it probably needs a rear brake adjustment. that will also set the ebrake tension unless the cable is just stretched from here to china.
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Old 08-18-2017, 04:48 PM   #3
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you can adjust it under the truck where the cable splits to the rear wheels. it probably needs a rear brake adjustment. that will also set the ebrake tension unless the cable is just stretched from here to china.
when i first got the truck the brake worked fine but when i got it back from the shop the first time i noticed it wouldnt hold but just barrely and it cant be on a hill.could it be that the ebrake was pulled for so long and the cable stretched a bit. ill check that out tonight before i go to the ranges with the guys and run dogs
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Not trying to hi-jack this thread... but I am having same problem. Rear brakes were adjusted, but my E brake doesn't hold well. I can pull the handle all the way out till it hits the 'stop', but it doesn't hold the wheels on a steep hill. Anyone know what cable I can check to see if it stretched? Or what bracket to check for to see if it bent? Steve
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Stretched front cable perhaps, people pull the handle too far out most of the time and that only stretches the cable out.
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Is that the cable that is in the cab? Or the cable under the truck? Anyone know if these cables are still available?
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The front cable runs both inside the cab and under the truck. It's a pain to replace. There is a nut you can tighten under the truck at the point where both rear cables hook to the front cable. that might help. If it does just stop letting people, other than yourself, set the brake from then on.
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:04 PM   #8
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Check the armature that the cable runs through under the truck.
It's mounted to a cross member.
I had the same problem, because the arm didn't have enough travel to pull the cable taught. They get rusted and bind up.
I have an automatic so I don't use the e-brake very often.
PB Blaster the shit out of it.
Now I give it an oiling when I change the oil; same with the spare tire holder.

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Thanks for the info. I am going to try to check this out tomorrow.
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chances are the rear brakes need to be adjusted or replaced. only time the cable should really be adjusted is when its replaced.
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