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I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).

The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to be
pushed to its extreme for it to hold.

Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which may be
better performed by a mechanic?)?

TIA.
 
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Hi,

Not sure if this is the same parking brake set-up as on the f-250 and
f-350 chassis, but if it is, then it's an easy job. It is easiest to
do the adjustment if you put the rear of the truck up on jack stands or
blocks and take the wheels off but you can do it with the truck on the
ground and the wheels on; it's just a little harder to test to see if
you have adjusted the brakes too much or too little.

Directly behind both rear disks is a drum parking brake set-up. If you
crawl under and look at the back of these drums you will see a small
oblong rubber plug about an inch to an inch and a half long. This is
the plug to the brake adjustment access hole. Use a large flat end
screwdriver to pop out this plug and using a flashlight you will see a
notched adjustment wheel. Use the same large screwdriver and move the
adjustment wheel a few clicks (5 or 6) clockwise to tighten the brakes.
If you have the rear of the truck up on stands you can spin the rear
wheels and continue to adjust until the brake shoes start to rub on the
drum and then back the adjustment wheel back off one or two clicks. If
you have left the wheels on and the truck on the ground, you will need
to start the truck, drop it in drive without Appling the parking brake
and see if creeps forward then keep adjusting until it dose not creep
in drive anymore and then back off the adjuster one or tow clicks.

I hope that helps and wasn't too convoluted.

Best regards, husk-her
 
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"TC" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
> F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>
> The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to be
> pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>
> Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which may
> be better performed by a mechanic?)?
>
> TIA.


Not one of the other posters has it right on this MH/Chassis. The parking
brake is a drive
line brake. It clamps down on the drive line just behind the transmission
and just in front of the front U joints. There is an adjustment nut assembly
there and you can adjust it by turning the nut so that it tightens in. Have
some one set in the drivers chair, keys out of ignition, transmission in
park. You adjust, have them set the brake and see if the pedal has less
play. If it's out of adjustment you will have to have it repaired. I can't
speak for the 2002 chassis, but on the 1999 new shoes cannot be put on, the
whole brake assembly has to be replaced. Cost is about $900.00 plus labor.
Don't ask how I know that. :)
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of consecutive days I have stayed alive."
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In article <[email protected]>,
TC <[email protected]> wrote:

> I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
> F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>
> The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to be
> pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>
> Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which may be
> better performed by a mechanic?)?
>
> TIA.


Usually these things auto adjust if you reverse and then tap the brake
pedal. Do you maybe have a driveway that lets you avoid reversing?

H.
 
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TC wrote:
> I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
> F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>
> The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to be
> pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>
> Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which may be
> better performed by a mechanic?)?
>
> TIA.
>


Follow the cable from each rear wheel. Where they join should be a
cable adjustment.

Another thing to check is the rear brake adjusters. If the MH is not
backed up on a frequent basis, you may have to have the rear brakes
manually adjusted.

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"Dave Thompson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> TC wrote:
>> I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
>> F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>>
>> The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to
>> be pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>>
>> Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which
>> may be better performed by a mechanic?)?
>>
>> TIA.
>>

>
> Follow the cable from each rear wheel. Where they join should be a
> cable adjustment.
>
> Another thing to check is the rear brake adjusters. If the MH is not
> backed up on a frequent basis, you may have to have the rear brakes
> manually adjusted.


He does not have cables. He has a drive line parking brake. It has nothing
to do with the rear wheel brakes.
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of consecutive days I have stayed alive."
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"Rowbotth" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> In article <[email protected]>,
> TC <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
>> F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>>
>> The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to
>> be pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>>
>> Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which
>> may be better performed by a mechanic?)?
>>
>> TIA.

>
> Usually these things auto adjust if you reverse and then tap the brake
> pedal. Do you maybe have a driveway that lets you avoid reversing?
>
> H.


Please read my reply. He has a drive line parking brake. It has nothing to
do with the rear brakes.
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of consecutive days I have stayed alive."
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Bob Hatch wrote:

> "Dave Thompson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
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>>TC wrote:
>>
>>>I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
>>>F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>>>
>>>The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to
>>>be pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>>>
>>>Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which
>>>may be better performed by a mechanic?)?
>>>
>>>TIA.
>>>

>>
>>Follow the cable from each rear wheel. Where they join should be a
>>cable adjustment.
>>
>>Another thing to check is the rear brake adjusters. If the MH is not
>>backed up on a frequent basis, you may have to have the rear brakes
>>manually adjusted.

>
>
> He does not have cables. He has a drive line parking brake. It has nothing
> to do with the rear wheel brakes.


Bob, this newsgroup is rapidly losing it's value as an endless string of
idiots answer questions they don't understand with false information
about which they know nearly nothing.

Life is an IQ test. Why is it that those who should be trying the
hardest to keep their score secret, insist upon demonstrating their
ignorance to the masses?

How is a newbie to know the difference between answers from those who
really DO know, like you and Chris Bryant, and those from mindless
morons who don't know yet aren't smart enough to KNOW that they don't know?

Lon
 
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Lon VanOstran wrote:
> Bob Hatch wrote:
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>> "Dave Thompson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]
>>
>>> TC wrote:
>>>
>>>> I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
>>>> F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>>>>
>>>> The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to
>>>> be pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>>>>
>>>> Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which
>>>> may be better performed by a mechanic?)?
>>>>
>>>> TIA.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Follow the cable from each rear wheel. Where they join should be a
>>> cable adjustment.
>>>
>>> Another thing to check is the rear brake adjusters. If the MH is not
>>> backed up on a frequent basis, you may have to have the rear brakes
>>> manually adjusted.

>>
>>
>>
>> He does not have cables. He has a drive line parking brake. It has
>> nothing to do with the rear wheel brakes.

>
>
> Bob, this newsgroup is rapidly losing it's value as an endless string of
> idiots answer questions they don't understand with false information
> about which they know nearly nothing.
>
> Life is an IQ test. Why is it that those who should be trying the
> hardest to keep their score secret, insist upon demonstrating their
> ignorance to the masses?
>
> How is a newbie to know the difference between answers from those who
> really DO know, like you and Chris Bryant, and those from mindless
> morons who don't know yet aren't smart enough to KNOW that they don't know?
>
> Lon


Buyer beware. Newsgroup information is often (but not always) worth what
you pay for it.
 
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Bob Hatch wrote:
> "Dave Thompson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>>TC wrote:
>>
>>>I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
>>>F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>>>
>>>The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to
>>>be pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>>>
>>>Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which
>>>may be better performed by a mechanic?)?
>>>
>>>TIA.
>>>

>>
>>Follow the cable from each rear wheel. Where they join should be a
>>cable adjustment.
>>
>>Another thing to check is the rear brake adjusters. If the MH is not
>>backed up on a frequent basis, you may have to have the rear brakes
>>manually adjusted.

>
>
> He does not have cables. He has a drive line parking brake. It has nothing
> to do with the rear wheel brakes.


Okee Dokee. Scratch that one. Drive line parking brakes 'usually' have
an adjustment on the end of the spring/band unit.

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JimV wrote:
> Lon VanOstran wrote:
>
>> Bob Hatch wrote:
>>
>>> "Dave Thompson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>> news:[email protected]
>>>
>>>> TC wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
>>>>> F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>>>>>
>>>>> The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to
>>>>> be pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>>>>>
>>>>> Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which
>>>>> may be better performed by a mechanic?)?
>>>>>
>>>>> TIA.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Follow the cable from each rear wheel. Where they join should be a
>>>> cable adjustment.
>>>>
>>>> Another thing to check is the rear brake adjusters. If the MH is not
>>>> backed up on a frequent basis, you may have to have the rear brakes
>>>> manually adjusted.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> He does not have cables. He has a drive line parking brake. It has
>>> nothing to do with the rear wheel brakes.

>>
>>
>>
>> Bob, this newsgroup is rapidly losing it's value as an endless string
>> of idiots answer questions they don't understand with false
>> information about which they know nearly nothing.
>>
>> Life is an IQ test. Why is it that those who should be trying the
>> hardest to keep their score secret, insist upon demonstrating their
>> ignorance to the masses?
>>
>> How is a newbie to know the difference between answers from those who
>> really DO know, like you and Chris Bryant, and those from mindless
>> morons who don't know yet aren't smart enough to KNOW that they don't
>> know?
>>
>> Lon

>
>
> Buyer beware. Newsgroup information is often (but not always) worth what
> you pay for it.
>


I agree. However, someone must have peed in Lon's Corn Flakes this
morning.

Hey! OP! You're screwed. Don't listen to anyone here. Take it to a
full service Ford Truck Center and have all retardation parts
immediately replaced.

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62 and not an old fart yet
 
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"Dave Thompson" <[email protected]> wrote

Take it to a
> full service Ford Truck Center and have all retardation parts immediately
> replaced.
>
> --
> Dave Thompson


Ab So Fuckin Lutely

Thank you Dave for bringing out this important point.

DO NOT listen to the unwashed rabble, the uneducated, the JoeEveryMan.
Listen to the Elitist Snob who can afford not only a ream job, but who will
gladly provide the KY and a thank you card.

Like the time when I needed King Pins - a $140 dollar job, and they said,
"You need everything, tie rod ends, the works" translating to $1200.

Steve

Listen to your gut. It is right most of the time.
 
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UPDATE was Parking Brake Adjustment

Bob Hatch wrote:
> "TC" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>
>>I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
>>F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>>
>>The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to be
>>pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>>
>>Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which may
>>be better performed by a mechanic?)?
>>
>>TIA.

>
>
> Not one of the other posters has it right on this MH/Chassis. The parking
> brake is a drive
> line brake. It clamps down on the drive line just behind the transmission
> and just in front of the front U joints. There is an adjustment nut assembly
> there and you can adjust it by turning the nut so that it tightens in. Have
> some one set in the drivers chair, keys out of ignition, transmission in
> park. You adjust, have them set the brake and see if the pedal has less
> play. If it's out of adjustment you will have to have it repaired. I can't
> speak for the 2002 chassis, but on the 1999 new shoes cannot be put on, the
> whole brake assembly has to be replaced. Cost is about $900.00 plus labor.
> Don't ask how I know that. :)


Thanks. You are correct as to the parking brake being a drive line
brake. It is located between the transmission and the drive shaft.
There is plenty of thread for an adjustment, but after I loosened the
locking nut I can't tighten the cable because of the twisting effect
spring action that the cable produces when it is tightened. It appears
that the cable assembly should be removed from the brake in order to
tighten it, but this is more involved then I wish to get. Guess I'll
pay a visit to my friendly mechanic and hope that it can be adjusted.
Thanks again.
 
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Re: UPDATE was Parking Brake Adjustment

Strange design.
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"TC" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Bob Hatch wrote:
>> "TC" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]
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>>>I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
>>>F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).
>>>
>>>The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to be
>>>pushed to its extreme for it to hold.
>>>
>>>Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which may
>>>be better performed by a mechanic?)?
>>>
>>>TIA.

>>
>>
>> Not one of the other posters has it right on this MH/Chassis. The parking
>> brake is a drive
>> line brake. It clamps down on the drive line just behind the transmission
>> and just in front of the front U joints. There is an adjustment nut
>> assembly there and you can adjust it by turning the nut so that it
>> tightens in. Have some one set in the drivers chair, keys out of
>> ignition, transmission in park. You adjust, have them set the brake and
>> see if the pedal has less play. If it's out of adjustment you will have
>> to have it repaired. I can't speak for the 2002 chassis, but on the 1999
>> new shoes cannot be put on, the whole brake assembly has to be replaced.
>> Cost is about $900.00 plus labor. Don't ask how I know that. :)

>
> Thanks. You are correct as to the parking brake being a drive line brake.
> It is located between the transmission and the drive shaft. There is
> plenty of thread for an adjustment, but after I loosened the locking nut I
> can't tighten the cable because of the twisting effect spring action that
> the cable produces when it is tightened. It appears that the cable
> assembly should be removed from the brake in order to tighten it, but this
> is more involved then I wish to get. Guess I'll pay a visit to my
> friendly mechanic and hope that it can be adjusted.
> Thanks again.
>
 

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I have a 2002 Winnebago Adventurer 35U motorhome on a 2002 Ford
F-Superduty Class A motorhome chassis(F53).

The parking brake has gradually gotten to the point where it has to be
pushed to its extreme for it to hold.

Can anyone explain how to adjust it(or is it a complex task which may be
better performed by a mechanic?)?

TIA.
This is a VERY old chain, but for any new gear-heads wanting the correct answer- On my 2000 F350 Powerstroke while your laying under the truck looking into the inspection hole, turn the star-wheel DOWN ON BOTH SIDES to expand the adjuster cam hence expanding shoes against the drum (hat). It was a pain in the arse for 8 years with a 6 Sp manual to shut down the motor and leave in gear just to jump out and do anything. Should have done this long...ago.
Anyone that's capable of turning a screw can do this, if you know which direction.
 
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