E brake adj.

Discussion in 'Chevy C/K Truck Forum' started by RAV52202, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. RAV52202

    RAV52202 Rockstar 100 Posts

    I have a 1996 chevy k1500. I have replaced all of the cables. The brake shoes are new and everything works good. Problem is I cant get it adjusted so it will hold. When i get it to hold then the brakes are to tight. I have tryed adjusting the shoes and the cables cant seem to get the right combo for them to work right. Im not to bad with a wrench but i dont know if im missing something or what. Any help would be great.
  2. RAV52202

    RAV52202 Rockstar 100 Posts

    No one out there has any advise? thoughts?
  3. Scott_Anderson

    Scott_Anderson Rockstar 100 Posts

    Sounds like you have an adjustment issue, can't tell what you aren't doing wrong, just keep working at it. You'll get it.
    I'd think you would start at the shoes/drum, get them dialed in so that they just touch/rub the drum when it's turning then backoff the adjuster wheel one notch.
    Don't touch the e-brake cable yet.
    Take it for a drive heavy brake forward, then heavy brake in reverse, several times. This should set the adjuster where it's needed for the shoes to the drums.
    Then adjust your cables from under the frame, not in the drums.
    You should be able to find a happy medium.
  4. dipstick

    dipstick Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    What do you mean when i get it to hold the brakes are to tight?
    Are you saying ebrake pedal to tight ..will not push down?
    If so you need more slack.. in cable.
    Maybe what your saying.
  5. RAV52202

    RAV52202 Rockstar 100 Posts

    When i get the e brake to hold the regular brakes drag.

    ---------- Post added at 06:47 AM ---------- Previous post was at 06:45 AM ----------

    I'll try doing it just like that. Thanks.
  6. dipstick

    dipstick Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    Not no understand..if ebrake is set brakes will drag..as you call it ???

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