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Old 10-18-2010, 05:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Emergency Brake cable adjustment

just put new rear shoes on 95 p/u 4x4..drum brakes on rear...found the adjustment bolt on passengers side at where the bed and cab meet..question is how does this bolt turn to tighten and take slack out of cable...cant seem to figure out how this bolt is supposed to turn..any help appreciated...thanx...
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There should be 2 nuts. Loosen the top one (lock nut) then turn the inner one to tighten up the cable.
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i'll look at it again but it looks like one long bolt..maybe im missing where they connect...thanx....
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tighten the nut and it pulls the threaded rod thru farther.
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make sure the brakes are adjusted in the drum first. they should be almost or just barely dragging when the brakes are not applied.
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Make sure the auto adjusters are working as well. They work like a hot damn when they work properly.
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Good advice to service the drum brakes before touching the e-brake cable. Also make sure that the L-shaped parking brake "bellcrank levers" are not frozen where they go through the backing plate. (They're the levers the parking brake cables attach to, and they like to freeze up in the brackets. I had to replace the lever, bracket and pin on my drivers side.)

Some drum brake servicing info:

brake drum removal issue
http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/maintenance/rearbrakes/
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/sh...81#post2934781
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