I think I posted this in the wrong section earlier today, sorry! My '98 Chev 1500 Silverdo failed safety inspection the other day - the emergency brake does not work - at all. Puzzled, I came home, got underneath the driver's side between the driver's door and back left wheel, and adjusted the cable as far as it will go. Then, tested the e-brake and it is as if it doesn't even exist: I can push the pedal to the floor (no resistance), put it in Drive, and it takes off like there is no brake at all. Then I jacked up the rear end, took off the back wheels, and looked at the brakes. Everything seems to look normal... there was a little brake dust, brake shoes look like they haven't even been used, drums are nice and smoothe. I had my wife engage the e-brake pedal and I looked at movement of brake parts on both sides each time. Movement looks "normal" to me - but it could be that the brake shows could expand farther. I'm not real sure about this. I'm wondering if something is going on back there which is causing the e-brake to not be functional. It just doesn't seem possible that, all of a sudden, the e-brake would not work (or the OTHER place I've been getting inspections at all these years has been overlooking this item). At this point, I'm wondering, if there is more adjustment needed somewhere else, like on each rear brake. I would like to confirm that the rear brakes are working properly before I keep looking for an adjustment. As far as I understand, e-brake operation and function is completely seperate from the regular braking system because it is all about cable linkage and a maybe a few springs. My gut feeling tells me that I should be getting some improvement from just tightening up the e-brake cable, but since I did not, there is something else going on inside the rear drums. By the way, I have done a lot of basic brake jobs on all my vehicles over the years and consider myself to be a pretty good weekend mechanic - I don't think I have ever not put something back together the right way. Anyone have any suggestions or advice on how to proceed or figure out if the shows are actually moving far enough? I hope it's a simple adjustment that I can make because I didn't replace something right the last time I did a brake job. Thanks GM Truck Club members, I appreciate your help!