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I have a 1997 Ram 1500 extended cab, manual shift. The parking brake pedal goes almost all the way down and won't hold the truck. I have adjusted the cable under the truck almost to the end of the threads still hardly holds. Today I replaced the adjuster star wheel assembly and the adjuster lever. They were worn but made no difference.
I don't see anything wrong with the cables and can't believe they could have stretched that much but guess it is possible??????
Only thing I know to try next is replacing the cables????
Anyone ever experienced this or have any suggestions?
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What are the condition of the brake drums/ pads? Rear brakes can fade without overt affects to normal driving activities.
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The shoes might need adjusted. Make sure they are adjusted to where they are making contact nearly evenly, then adjust the parking brake. Otherwise I'd agree stretched cable only other option.
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^^^ Agreed. Sounds like the brakes are way out of adjustment. Stretched cables are a rare problem.
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Thanks for the replies. However, Yeaaa I now have a parking brake that works very well thank you very much. I had replaced the shoes and the hardware for the shoes. No e-brake. I did notice that the right cable had the outside shielding deteriorated and crush together at the bend around the gas tank. Since everything else seemed to be working I went to Advance and got cables. They sold me the wrong cable - was too short. So I sucked it up and went to the dealer. Was pleasantly surprised that the price was close to the discount store. And they were a perfect fit. Even fit through the frame bracket close to the left rear wheel which the other ones did not. And they have the rubber dust cups that go on the outside of brake backing plate. The ones from Advance just had a rubber washer.
So the bottom line is I found that both of my original cables had a place at the bend where the outer shielding had crushed together. My thinking is that in effect would make the cable longer. Thus I could not adjust them at the take up bolt.
The only thing I don't understand is how the left side cable is pulled tight when applying the e-brake. The right side cable extends from the connector to the main cable through the take up bolt bracket and over to the right brake shoe. How does that ever pull on the left side???
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