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Bailey
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6/24/2004
13:43:29

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I don't know about some of you guys but some people on this forum are really stupid. Some of you seem to be some of the most judgemental a$$holes I have ever seen. I am a memeber of several forums on the internet and the point is to be able to get answers to problems without having to be ridiculed. Sorry if someone is embarrassed to ask a mechanic a question(in person) or doesn't know everything. I know none of you nkow everything either. I can't belevie that whoever mediates this site lets this happen. If you have people who really need help with their vehicles and read this $hit no way are they going to post their questions. Of course this does not apply to everyone; but do some of you get off on making people feel stupid? When the truth is those people are the ones that searched for answers on the internet and have no idea what they are talking about...everyone else congrats on the help that you give. It is very helpful.



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6/24/2004
14:27:18

RE: Emergency Brake
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Guys,
If you have problems with the breaks holding its usually one or 2 things: 1:ya need new shoes/drums. Or more commonly the e-brake cable has streched a little over the years and needs the slack taken out of it. Not sure on the Daks, because I havent had this problem yet, but normally there is a slack adjuster/spinner bolt of some sort in the cable line under the truck - Usually few spins will bring the e-brake petal up nice and high allowing you to apply more pressure the next time you set it. Give it a look see (Ive done it on my other ride, not the Dak though...but Im sure there has to be some kind of adjustment up under there).

BTW - I call it a 5spd,too...FYi




greyDAK
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6/25/2004
09:04:26

RE: Emergency Brake
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My dak will roll when the parking brake is on too. I popped the tire off and found that the drum was too easy to remove. When it was off I noticed that there was a small cable that attaches to the parking brake mechanism that allows for "self adjustment" when you engage it. Since the cable was broken, the brake shoes were not being cranked out all the way (the other side was OK, but it wasnt enough to compensate). The result was a weak brake and a pedal that wont bounce back to the upright position without being pushed with my left big toe. I manually rolled the spinner to push the shoes back out and pushed the drum back on. Now the brakes work like new and the pedal is firm and returns all the way without assistance. Now I gotta figure out where I can get a new cable such that I dont pay a fortune.



WrenchWannaBe
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9/18/2004
00:50:49

RE: Emergency Brake
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The parking brake on my 95 Dak does not hold.
I bought it used and the previous owner had taken
it to the shop for brakes within the last 1000 miles. When I got the truck I could apply the parking brake but it the truck would roll slowly
down a 45 degree hill. When I released the brake
the pedal popped up but it felt like i was towing
the titanic. It took 3,000 rpms to get out of the driveway. After letting it sit overnight the braking seemed to get normal-ish again. I did not use the brake for 1,000 for miles, but again just tried it, and the same thing happened. To release
the drag on the wheels i removed the rear drums and adjusted the self-adjuster scew so the shoes would not stick out as far. One drum took forever
to get back on...maybe it was warped/out of round,
but it didn't look egg shaped or anything.
I also tightened the parking brake cable using the adjuster inside the frame under the catalytic converter. the pedle doesn't go down as far as it
used to, but the vehicle still rolls on a hill...but the rear brakes dont freeze anymore either. any suggestions about what to try next to fix the parking brake? BTW shoes are almost like new, springs might be new, but cant tell since they are covered in dust.







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2/12/2012
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DbiwuK Yeah, now it's clear !... And firstly I did not understand very much where there was the link with the title itself !!...



mjp7025
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7/20/2014
13:02:35

RE: Emergency Brake
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I just did the emergency brake pads on my 2004
dodge Dakota and after assembly they still would
not work. I took them back apart and found a
problem with the mechanical mechanism. The
mechanical mechanism that goes from the inside to
the outside of the housing and attaches to the
cable was rusted stuck. I removed it and sprayed
it down with WD-40; working it (with the help of
the old trusty hammer) I was able to free it up. I
moved it on the pivot many times, wiped it clean
and applied a small amount of grease to the pivot
joint. After reassembly the emergency break works
great.



dd Jones
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9/23/2016
09:09:44

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I have the almost the same issue as you do WrenchWannaBe. I have a 1996 Dodge Dakota. I had to adjust my cable to get the parking brake to hold. After a while, the rear brake started to lock up. The brake pads were new. I though it was a drum out of round too. A mechanic told me that the parking brake pedal was at fault. The pedal has a stop that keeps it from going to the floor. That stop has broken off. So since i adjusted the cable, the brake can now overextend the shoes. Sue enough I looked at the brake pedal and the stop is broken. Now I am still looking for a fix.. maybe a new cable? I have has this truck since it was new



Jaxon Cage
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5/07/2020
17:33:39

How to un-slack parking brake cable
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I have a 2010 Dodge Dakota and had the same problem with no adjustment available to take up the slack. Then I figured a solution that worked for me and now when I set the parking brake it does not roll down a hill. The solution lies in the brake pedal where the cable connects. You can insert a spacer below the cable ferrel after a simple procedure to create a working-slack. I'll try to attach photos of each step, but if they don't come through, then you can email me at cestlavie[at]freedommail.ch . In summary the procedure is as follows:

1. Tools needed = vice grips. Nothing else.

2. Press the parking brake pedal about a 1/3rd to 1/2 way down.

3. Clamp the vice grip on the exposed portion of the cable below the 'fitting' where the cable ferrel sits (picture is worth a thousand words).

4. Release the parking brake. The vice grips hold the cable in place. And to get even more slack to play with (if needed) you can hand-raise the brake pedal even higher while pulling on the release.

5. Insert a spacer below the cable ferrel. I used a copper grounding fastener (a bolt and nut, but with nut removed) that has a 5-1/2mm gap down the middle. It fit around the cable perfectly. A small u-bolt would probably work too.

6. Remove the vice-grips.

7. Check brake operation. Slack is reduced by the amount of spacer thickness. Test the parking brake. Repeat process using different thickness spacers until you are satisfied. Mine worked on the first try. Good luck.




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