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Old 02-27-07, 08:53 AM
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Unhappy emergency brake

I have a 92 f150 5.0 5 speed with a 6 inch lift. The problem is the emergency brake feels spongy when I push it down and won't stay down. I pull on the brake release and there is no resistance or "pop" of the brake releasing but the truck has no power at all, so I thought the brake might be stuck on. Maybe the cable is broken. What should I look for, and where? I'm kinda new to doing my own repairs so don't think something is too obvious to mention.
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Old 02-27-07, 02:22 PM
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sounds like the cable is sezied is this rear wheel e brake or trans driveline e brake easy way to check is see if brake cable goes to rear wheels or to back of tranny if rear wheels than remove wheels and drums replace cable that wil not return if a back of trans you should be able to release cable and replace without to much disasembly
 
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Old 02-28-07, 06:57 AM
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sounds like the cable is sezied is this rear wheel e brake or trans driveline e brake easy way to check is see if brake cable goes to rear wheels or to back of tranny if rear wheels than remove wheels and drums replace cable that wil not return if a back of trans you should be able to release cable and replace without to much disasembly
How will I be able to remove the drums if the e brake is frozen in the engaged position? Is there a special tool needed? By the way, the brake does go to the rear wheels and the brake is definitely stuck on.
 
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Old 02-28-07, 07:19 AM
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There is either a slot in the drum or back plate of the wheel housing. If it's in the drum, rotate the drum so the slot is at the bottom. There is a special brake adjusting tool but a slot head screw driver will work. There is a little metal 'star' wheel that adjusts the brake. You have to turn this wheel to loosen the brake shoes.

E-brake cable [from cab] is a single cable that goes to a screw type bolt fitting where it splits off into 2 cables. It should be [where it splits] approx at the back of cab [front of bed] underneath. Tension can be released by loosening the nut on this connector.
 
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