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Old 07-04-2007, 10:18 PM
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Emergency Brake and Tightening It

Today I went out and put new rotors on my rear end of my 2000 F-150.... Everything went great but can you guys tell me how to tighten up my emergency brake?? It does not lock up all the way and I want to put a little more pressure on it. Thanks....
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:52 AM
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Bump!!!!
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Old 07-08-2007, 01:27 AM
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Look at the diagram at the end of this album. You have to remove the rotor to get to the adjuster.
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:58 AM
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Thanks Steve for your help.... Guess I will be redoing the brakes again.....
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:05 PM
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Quick question.... How tight should the emergency brake be??????? I can put my truck in drive with emergency brake on and it goes no where, if I hit the gas it will.... Is that tight enough???
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:27 PM
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Are you asking how hard to press the pedal? Press it until the brake holds. If it gets to the floor & won't hold, it's not tight enough.
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:16 PM
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For future reference - the adjuster will adjust automatically. If you would have done a series of brake applies it would eventually tighten up. It only turns just so much per apply. The mechanism is designed this way to account for pad wear.

I can't go into detail on the design in your truck, as I don't know who was making them for that model. But I'm fairly certain that it has a similar design as the current production.

So, as far as how far to tighten - get it close and then the mechanism should adjust on its own to keep things tight.
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:19 PM
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Arrow Video demonstration of Automatic Adjustment

aha... I've found a simple little demonstration of how the generally work...

http://static.howstuffworks.com/flash/drum-brake2.swf
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Old 07-14-2007, 02:05 PM
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No, Ford drum-in-hat e-brakes ('97-up w/rear disk) don't autoadjust. That demo is of pure drum brakes w/e-brake. Drum-in-hats must be manually adjusted by removing the rotor, as shown here.
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