Foot Parking brake adjustment

Tiny
BRENDA ESSER
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  • 1998 CHEVROLET TAHOE
  • 5.7L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 253,000 MILES
Parking brake goes all the way to floor and does not hold on a hill. Does the SUV listed above have an automatic adjuster, or do I have to take front wheels off and do it that way? If I have to take wheels off, can someone please explain the process of adjusting the brake to me? Thank you!
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 AT 11:13 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

Here is what the manual is showing. Note: The rear wheels will hold the vehicle (parking brake) not the front.

The directions show adjustment starting at the parking brake pedal. Here are the directions. The attached pics correlate with the directions.

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1998 Chevy Truck K Tahoe 4WD V8-5.7L VIN R
Park Brake Cable Service/Adjustment (Parking Brake Adjustment)
Vehicle Brakes and Traction Control Parking Brake System Parking Brake Cable Adjustments Park Brake Repair Instructions Park Brake Cable Service/Adjustment (Parking Brake Adjustment)
PARK BRAKE CABLE SERVICE/ADJUSTMENT (PARKING BRAKE ADJUSTMENT)
Tools Required
- J 35999 Tension Scale

pic 1

1. Remove the clevis pin (3) from the lever (2).

Pic 2

2. Set the parking brake by pushing the pedal down 18 degrees.
Insert a 3 mm (.125 inch) pin into locating hole (1) in the pedal assembly.
Push the pedal down until the pin contacts the parking brake outer flange.

Pic 3

3. Install J 3599 with a small length of cable or chain, and a tightening device (like a turn buckle) on the frame.
4. Install a small chain (6) on the lever (1) near the spring on the bottom of the lever.
Tighten the tightening device until J 3599 is at 222 Nm (50 ft. Lbs.).
5. Loosen the nut (4) and turn the clevis (3) until the pin (2) slides freely in the lever (1) with all slack removed from the cable.
6. Install the clevis pin (2) and the cotter pin.
Tighten the nut (4) to 37 Nm (27 ft. Lbs.).

NOTICE: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.

7. Remove J 35999 and all extensions used.
8. Release the parking brake.
9. Rotate the drum to assure there is no drag.

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Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care,
Joe
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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 AT 5:15 PM
Tiny
BRENDA ESSER
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Hi joe! Thank you so much! Will try this this evening when I have access to a garage! Will let you know how it goes!
Have a great day!

Brenda
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Thursday, September 24th, 2020 AT 3:50 AM
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DANNY L
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Hello, I'm Danny.

Just here to add my 2 cents. You also might to look near the footwell where the cable exits the body from the foot pedal to the outside of truck along frame rail. There is a metal cable that has a disconnect the keeps the separate cables attached until it hooks to the rear brake assembly. Just visually inspect to see if something became broken or disconnected along the way. That usually causes a parking brake with no feeling of pedal at all like you described. I've attached a few pictures below of what the parking brake cable looks like that runs underneath your truck along the frame. Hope this helps and keep us updated. Thanks again for using 2CarPros.
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Thursday, September 24th, 2020 AT 5:38 PM

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