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parking brake help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by takern, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Jan 26, 2012 at 7:32 AM
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    takern

    takern [OP] Well-Known Member

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    My parking brake has needed some adjusting for a while now and i think not doing it has caused a problem. yesterday while sitting backwards on a boat ramp i had to crank down on it all the way real hard to get it to hold the truck in position. when i got back i unloaded the boat and i could smell very slight brake pad smell. so i rolled up a hill, stopped, and let off the brake and it had to break free of the parking brake. you could feel it in the truck. The smell is only coming from the passenger side rear tire. will simply re-tightening the e-brake allow it to pull it loose? The only solution i can come up with is that there is not enough tension on the cable to completely disengage it. My normal braking is fine. it nice and firm and i dont have to push down on it very far and my fluid levels are normal.
     
  2. Jan 26, 2012 at 8:03 AM
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    it seemed that tightening the ebrake worked. i stopped on a hill and let off the brake and did not feel it have to break free of anything this time
     
  3. Mar 1, 2012 at 7:57 AM
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    I'm having the exact same issue. Got my brakes done and then noticed that the ebrake wasn't engaging if I was still in drive or reverse. Then I noticed some squeaking at low speed, hot brake smell after driving on the highway, and felt resistance if I let my foot off the accelerator. I brought it back to the shop and they said the parking brake cable was stretched and they weren't disengaging all the way. Tried to quote me $400 to take care of it but I can't help but think it's an easy enough fix.

    Did you find any threads on here that addressed this? Or have any pics of what you did?
     
  4. Mar 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM
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    A stretched cable will not engage the rear brakes completely, it will still disengage completely.
     
  5. Mar 1, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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    shampoop

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    Try hand adjusting the star wheel inside the drum.
     
  6. Mar 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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  7. Mar 1, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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    Tacomang

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    Just try re-adjusting the cable first, it's super easy. May need a new cable(I had a similar problem in my T100 and it needed a new one). I feel like adjusting it will fix the problem. Good luck..
     
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