1997 Ford F-150


randall pink

January, 5, 2013 AT 6:11 PM

My truck is standard 5 speed standard trans. My emergency brake was getting stuck on even when not pushing down the pedal. So I did the quick fix and just cut the line. I know now that was probably the wrong thing to do. Its almost like it is still engaging and causing problems with my transmission. Could that be possible and what is the proper way to remove the e-brake. Basically is the e-brake system hooked into the transmission or the axle etc.

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January, 5, 2013 AT 8:44 PM

Ford parking brake cables have been well-known for sticking since the mid '70s. Lubricating them is never the answer. The only fix is to replace them. If you cut the main cable going to the two rear cables, that won't address the problem. It's the rear ones that stick inside the casings. When this is a recent problem, as in when someone applies the brake for the first time in a long time, you can usually see a shiny spot about an inch long on the cable right where it comes out of the front of the casing. On a lot of Ford trucks and vans the right cable comes out of the rear of the backing plate and goes all the way around past the bumper. That really aggravates an already common problem.

If it is indeed a rear cable that's stuck, you can often get it to retract by flexing the outer casing. If it's not rusted solid, brake shoe return spring pressure will gradually walk the cable back to the retracted position.

Besides dragging brake shoes, a cable stuck in the partially-applied position will cause easy rear wheel lockup during normal braking. It can also cause chattering shoes and a failure of them to self-adjust over time.

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