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PARKING BRAKE PROBLEM

2002 Nissan Altima • 4 cylinder FWD Manual • 103,000 miles

I have a 2002 Nissan Altima with 103,000 miles on it.
The parking brake was not hardly engaging at all and would stick on one wheel with very slight pressure on one drum causing to heat up frequently.
Rear Brakes are disc with drums for parking brake.
I changed parking brake shoes, freed up and lubricated the "Hinge" that the cable attaches to and pulls to tighten the shoes; adjusted the brakes via the back wheel and tightened the brake cable as far as it will go. The cables seemed free on both side. The parking brake now works, but just barley engages, enough to hold the car on level but wouldn't trust on a hill. Could the cables have stretched so far that they won't engage? Did I miss something in this repair?
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JVS
August 10, 2011.



If you have adjusted them, the cables would have to stretch farther for them not to engage properly. Double check that the shoes are just about to touch the inside of the rotor (drum). If that has already been done, check to make sure cable mounts are holding the cables in place. Something has to be moving.