Silverado brakes


Old 06-02-04, 04:21 PM
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Silverado brakes

What is the procedure for adjusting the parking brake on a 1999 Silverado 1/2 ton w/ rear disk brakes?

Thanks for any help.

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Old 06-04-04, 04:57 AM
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The parking brake in this vehicle is behind the rotor. The rear brake rotors are a combination rotor/drum. While the regular foot brake is disk, the e-brake is actually a drum brake. Remove the wheels, remove the disk brake caliper and mounting bracket, then remove the rotor. Before making any adjustments look at both sides. I have seen them where one side is perfect and the other is toast. Also makes sure that you check the cable to be sure it is not binding. With a helper pushing and releasing the pedal slowly watch the cable for smooth operation. When you remove the rotors you will see the rear brake shoes. It is actually a single shoe that has an adjuster at the top. IF everything looks good, adjust at the adjuster very slowly, fitting the rotor back on to be sure you have a small amount of drag. You dont want it so tight that it wont turn or that you have to beat the rotor on.
If you have to replace the rear shoes then you get into other fun stuff. The rear axles need to be removed to replace the shoes.
Hope this is helpful to ya,
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I agree with billy except you can change the parking brake shoes without removing the axle you just have to move the shoe the right way to get it around the axle.
Old 06-05-04, 01:30 PM
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Thanks for the help. As you mentioned one side was OK, and the other wiped out. Had to have one new rotor.


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