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Old 01-17-2013, 09:33   #1 (permalink)
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Adjusting E-Brake/ Handbrake on 02 Windstar?

How do we do this?

I recently did the rear drums/ rotors and they are adjusted with a slight drag on the drum.

But the E brake does not work at all, I replaced all the springs on the Drum kit too.

This vehicle was saftied with no e-brake and I believe that is unsafe but didn't realize it at the time.

Do I adjust it at the boot under the hand lever or is there adjustment at the Y connection underneath the van?

Thanks for any info, can't find a copy of service manual online.
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Re: Adjusting E-Brake/ Handbrake on 02 Windstar?

Does the cable pull when the lever is pulled?
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Re: Adjusting E-Brake/ Handbrake on 02 Windstar?

There is an adjuster for the rear parking brakes behind the rotors. Once you remove the rear brake calipers you can slide the rear rotors off. Behind them, you will see the parking brake shoes. Adjustment of the rear parking brakes is almost never necessary (and even then only if it's been messed with previously). If you have excessive travel or an ineffective parking brake, then it's usually because one or more of the parking brake shoes have come apart on you.
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Re: Adjusting E-Brake/ Handbrake on 02 Windstar?

If you have adjusted the rear shoes as you say , you will have to check the hand brake cables are not seized or sticking and are moving the linkage / lever inside the drum operating the shoes .If all operating o.k then adjust cable .If not , probably need a new cable due to seizure or being badly stretched .
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Re: Adjusting E-Brake/ Handbrake on 02 Windstar?

Just to clarify , you mention rear drums and rotors . Does your vehicle have shoes and drums as I thought or pads and rotors ?
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Re: Adjusting E-Brake/ Handbrake on 02 Windstar?

Ya I meant drums/ shoes sorry.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:00   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Adjusting E-Brake/ Handbrake on 02 Windstar?

No problem , take it you checked the wheel cyls . also were o.k with pistons free ?
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