E-brake won't hold in reverse

dodge
brakes
dakota

#1

I have owned a 1988 Dakota for 15mo. now, and it has always had the same problem: the parking brake would hold fine forwards, but poorly in reverse (to the point that just over idle power would “break free.”)



I did a drum job on it 2 mo. ago (my first drum job), and put everything back the way I found it. I took it to a shop to diagnose the e-brake problem, and they said “you have a siezed cable to one side.” So, I let them fix that for me.



The “not holding in reverse” problem has persisted, with a new wrinkle (or at least, me noticing something new): when backing up immediately before applying the brake, it seems adjusted “too lose,” both in terms of effort and holding power.



So: is it possible the adjusters arte installed backwards? I tried to put everything back the way I found it, but it’s not beyond me to foul this up. Additionally, it seems they could have been on backwards to begin with, and I accurately replaced them in the same condition.


#2

I have always found that with the E=brake being in the rear drum brakes, they never hold in reverse.


#3

While it’s possible the self-adjusters are installed backwards, I can’t really hazard a guess, as I can’t see them. The best thing for you to do is to get a maintenance manual, and verify the installation.

For me, I’ve owned quite a few cars over the years (like lots of people), and by far the vast majority had manual transmissions (lived the majority of my life in Europe). E-brakes are for far more than just “E’s”, like parking everywhere you go, every day in a manual.

Whenever I had one that didn’t work correctly (like what you decribe), I could always find something wrong. Either with the installation, shoes or drum itself. Something’s up, and you should fix it, or get it fixed.

Good luck,

Chase


#4

It’s always possible that the adjusters are on the wrong side of the car. You can check them. They get longer when the tab pushes the star wheel downward.


#5

did you take emery cloth to the drums when you had them off. It sounds like they might be glazed a little. The self adjusters should be installed so the teath are accessible through the brake adj. window on the inboard side of the backing plate.


#6

There are many ways to screw up a brake job…With drum brakes, this usually a leading and trialing shoe, one a little longer (the lining material) than the other. The LONG shoe ALWAYS goes towards the rear of the car, the short shoe towards the front…The self-adjusting hardware is installed on the larger, rearward, shoe…

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