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Parking Brake Adjustment

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by GLOCKer, July 29, 2019.

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  1. crunchie_frog

    crunchie_frog Active Member

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    you can definitely reorient the adjuster without disassembly of the rest of the parking brake shoes. Just remove the springs in your first pictures, use a pry tool (large screwdriver) and pry the shoes apart and remove the adjuster.
     
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  3. CDW6212R

    CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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    Ditto, the pads will stay in place well enough with the bottom spring removed. The small pins/springs that hold them from the backing plate will allow the pads to move a little. Just gently pry the bottom ends apart enough to get the adjusters out(adjust them all the way in first(shortest length)). Then with them back in place, you can put the bottom spring back on, and work with the adjuster.
     
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  4. GLOCKer

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    So I messed with this some more today.

    So in this photo, the adjust is installed wrong:
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    What's also a problem is the adjuster was all the way bottomed out and stuck.

    Today I got back in the drums and flipped the adjusters around.
    [​IMG]

    And now I have parking brakes!
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    Great work, slow but sure, got it done. Now come do my transmission, I lost 4th gear and then 3rd going home two days ago. I'm gathering my parts to build one next week.
     
  6. GLOCKer

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    Hahahahaha
    Fixing a brake adjuster is nowhere near the same league as cracking a transmission!
     
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    I drove it home at about 3500rpm, and later that evening back to work with a friend to drop it there. I'm driving it at work only now, it does fine with just 1st/2nd gears, so far. I have two spare transmission and extra aftermarket parts. I just wasn't ready to spend the time to build one. Now I have to put it on my do it now list, so first find all the parts.

    Enjoy that truck a little more, having a solid parking brake is very nice when you know it works. Don't rely on it alone for any hills, but it helps a bunch to relieve stress on the parking pawl inside the trans.
     
  8. GLOCKer

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    My main concern was helping hold my Explorer on the boat ramp! LOL

    Good luck with the transmission!
     
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    Before I go try and tear into it, is the parking brake switch serviceable? Can it be cleaned/adjusted/fixed? The light on the dash seems to only come on intermittently.
     
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    I think so, it's reachable but I'm not sure how it comes off. Try spraying it first with some PL Blaster etc, like a door latch it might be sticking some. Watch your fingers while getting close in there, it's tight to lay there and work on things, don't accidentally bump the lever etc, with a finger reaching into any of that.
     
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    My switch didn't work when I bought 'Mr Blue'. A shot of WD-40 fixed it.
    Spray it with something similar; it may be sticking and just need some loosening up.

    Don, I feel for you buddy, hate being forced to do repairs not on your own timetable...
     
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    Don you beat me to the post, great minds work the same....lol
     
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