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Brakes Won’t Lock

 
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Just Try It1 Just Try It1
Moderator | Posts: 2796 | Joined: 08/14
Posted: 03/09/19
08:16 PM

how far up does the parking brake handle come up??

are the rear brake rotors freshly machined

when brake rotors have wear patterns don't have as much braking effect as freshly turned smooth rotors and new pads..  

Just Try It1 Just Try It1
Moderator | Posts: 2796 | Joined: 08/14
Posted: 03/11/19
04:38 AM

how far up does the parking brake handle pull..


have you adjusted the rear parking brake caliper sections of the rear brake calipers..

do this by working the parking brake handle up and down between 50 and 100 times..

what happens is with new calipers.. the piston is fully retracted. operating the parking brake lever ratchets the minimum retraction outward...  so when you push your foot on the brake pedal the piston only has to move a few thousands of an inch to fully apply the brakes...

same effect for the rear parking brakes.. if the caliper piston is way far back from the back of the pads... it won't work...

look at this 79 eldorado rear brake caliper..

 

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