Ok, there are gonna be some people that think I'm nuts, but oh well, I could use the help. I've got a 1982 F150 reg cab short bed 4x4 4spd manual. I've got no parking/emergency brake. A mechanic told me the parts are going to be obsolete b/c of the age of the truck. He told me he can get the lines and do it all for me for about $500. Now, in an effort to save myself some money, I'd like some input on here on where I could get the lines and how hard it is to do. Any advice on how to change the brake lines is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
The mechanic told me that my lines/cables are "frozen". It's a Florida truck. Purchased brand new in Florida, lived in Florida ever since purchased. The pedal goes all the way to the floor, no hesitation. When I pull the release, the pedal will only come back up about 1/4 the way, then I bring it up manually. I am not really mechanically savvy. I can do minor maintenance, but nothing in depth. I had the rear brakes changed 2 months ago... new shoes, new rotors, and the drums cleaned. I don't even know how the parking/emergency brake works. In fact, the mechanic was saying I may need new cables for the front for the e-brake to work. I didn't even know that the front brakes were involved with the e-brake. So, please, any tips, advice, instructions, web sites, vendors for parts, ANYTHING that ANYONE can do for me to help me out, I'd GREATLY appreciate. Thanks!!
Did the emergency brake work before having the rear brakes replaced? If so, the rear brakes may need adjusted out or they may have been installed incorrectly.
The E-brake has nothing to do with the front. Basically you have a cable that runs from the e-brake peddle to each of the rear wheels. When pressed, the cable will pull a arm in each of the rear brake assembly's and force the shoes out against the drums.
The way you describe the peddle being easy to push to the floor and won't fully return when released, sound like either a broken e-brake cable, it's not hooked up or the rear brakes are not adjusted out. I'd have someone else look at it that specializes in brake work.
No, the e-brake has not worked since I got the truck in 2001. I see the cable running down the driver's side of the frame to the rear of the truck. Maybe is it possible that it's not hooked up to the pedal in the cab? Should I try to adjust the bolt on the cable? Maybe the line is rusted? It sounds like that mechanic was taking me for a ride telling me that I would need front lines too. Nice. He won't touch my truck again.
Forgive me, but like I said, easy crap I can do..... When I have someone depress the pedal, the cable should pull tight? If it does (meaning it's hooked up to the pedal), what does that mean, seeing as how it does not work?
great advice jwko.if your rear brakes were replace two months ago and the e-brake is not working,odds are its the cable.its not hard to change if you have done rear brakes before,but a little confusing at first if you havent.and since you wouldnt be confident on doing it yourself.i would call your local shops and get several estimates.$500 doesnt sound right.
Yea, I've changed brakes before.... just not drum brakes. I am the type of person where if I see it, I can do it. But I don't want to start it if I can't finish it. You guys have been very helpful! I'll check on that cable and update you. Thanks guys!!
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