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Username Post: Please test your parking brake.        (Topic#37711)
BadMcRandy 
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02-11-10 05:45 PM - Post#1860912    
    In response to tibbitts

I have been wondering what to do with my parking brakes that are non-existant on my 2000 silverado. There's a lot of good information here that I can work with. I'll let you guys know what I find



 
SilverSurfer2000 
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02-28-10 01:55 AM - Post#1870904    
    In response to jefro

The parking brake on my 2000 Silverado won't hold the truck except on flat ground and the slightest grade. Tried adjusting the cable for more tension but it broke. Replaced the cable and checked all other parts. Still can't get it to work properly.



 
57 Chevy Thunder 
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03-21-10 09:15 AM - Post#1883904    
    In response to tibbitts

WOW what a "passionate" topic !!!!

Well guys, I'm not a GM employee. I have replaced those little park brake shoes on two trucks. I suspect they were ruined because a previous owner/driver had not set it hard enough. (like put the pedal all the way down.)

I suspect the term (and concept) of "emergency brake" went away about the same time 4-wheel drum brakes disappeared. For most of my life, all "service brakes" already have the failure and safety factors (so-called "emergency") designed in.

Truly, it is only a "Park brake."
Yes, with new shoes, adjusted properly, and SET PROPERLY, it will hold the vehicle, just as it was designed to do.

I think we should not expect it to do more than it was designed to do.

Good grief guys,,,,,

2002 GMC Sierra
2002 Bonneville
1957 Chevy street-rod truck


 
grampa54 
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03-26-10 07:25 PM - Post#1887473    
    In response to BOWTIE_3

I have a 1998 s10 blazer I bought for the wife and kids with that sticker in it and have pounded the guts out of it and she stills runs like a top never had to do a thing to it other than wear and tear breaks shocks ext...



 
Cardinal24 
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05-03-10 07:03 AM - Post#1909002    
    In response to 57 Chevy Thunder

57 Chevy Thunder,

Why does an owner have to constantly use their parking break to keep it working and then have it fail between break replacement anyway?

I have owned nothing but Chevy trucks and suburbans since 1988. I have also been the original owner on all of these vehicles except one of them. I have had problems with every parking/emergency break on each of these Chevy vehicles. I have learned to use the parking break often in order to keep it working. Non-use will cause it to malfunction quickly.

On my current truck 04 I have used the parking break every time I launch my boat and several times a month in order to help keep it working. Well it still failed. This is a problem. When you know there is a problem and you do what you can to eliminate the problem and it still breaks it is considered a piece of junk. Yes, I could take the truck into a break shop every two months and have it serviced but if that is the only way it will keep working then the maker of the vehicle need to revamp the breaking system and make it work every time without fail and not needing as much maintenance.

I mean they make everything else last nearly 100,000 miles with very little care, other than fuel, oil, break pads, tires and windshield wiper fluid. But they cannot make a manual break system last in between break replacements? Come on man this is simple stuff here. Skimping on a part is called skimping and when I pay $40,000 for a pick-up truck to haul my boat, snowmobiles and my family I am not looking to skimp on anything.


Steve H.
Traverse City, Michigan

2004 2500HD Crew Cab


 
Bad Bowtie 
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05-03-10 09:13 AM - Post#1909086    
    In response to Cardinal24

  • crdl2415 Said:
57 Chevy Thunder,

Why does an owner have to constantly use their parking break to keep it working and then have it fail between break replacement anyway?

I have owned nothing but Chevy trucks and suburbans since 1988. I have also been the original owner on all of these vehicles except one of them. I have had problems with every parking/emergency break on each of these Chevy vehicles. I have learned to use the parking break often in order to keep it working. Non-use will cause it to malfunction quickly.

On my current truck 04 I have used the parking break every time I launch my boat and several times a month in order to help keep it working. Well it still failed. This is a problem. When you know there is a problem and you do what you can to eliminate the problem and it still breaks it is considered a piece of junk. Yes, I could take the truck into a break shop every two months and have it serviced but if that is the only way it will keep working then the maker of the vehicle need to revamp the breaking system and make it work every time without fail and not needing as much maintenance.

I mean they make everything else last nearly 100,000 miles with very little care, other than fuel, oil, break pads, tires and windshield wiper fluid. But they cannot make a manual break system last in between break replacements? Come on man this is simple stuff here. Skimping on a part is called skimping and when I pay $40,000 for a pick-up truck to haul my boat, snowmobiles and my family I am not looking to skimp on anything.




GM took the easy road, they switched back to drum rear brakes in 2005 on all 1/2 tons! Pretty dumb that they couldn't fix the problem IMO.



Heck my new 2009 crew cab still has rear drums!!



GMC. We are Professional Grade.

http://www.cardomain.com/id/2004VHO


 
Cardinal24 
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05-04-10 11:56 AM - Post#1909795    
    In response to Bad Bowtie

I have a 2500. Did they switch those back also?

Steve H.
Traverse City, Michigan

2004 2500HD Crew Cab


 
siderman 
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06-07-10 10:31 AM - Post#1926469    
    In response to Cardinal24

My 2000 Silverado parking brake is almost non-existant. Had it adjusted years ago and was marginally better and later was told it needed fixing/replacement and would cost a small fortune! I said HOW MUCH? R U KIDING ME?



 
Stuchevy 
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06-24-10 06:24 PM - Post#1935466    
    In response to jefro

I spent hundreds on repairs after parking brakes & system disintegrated on my 2002 Avalanche. No recall despite many similar complaints. I would join a class action lawsuit. Anyone else?



 
Brunzcuda 
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05-07-11 09:54 PM - Post#2087315    
    In response to Stuchevy

Hi drivers, It's 2011 and my mile gage is only @ 12K, the park still works and I tightened the cable once, just enough to take the slack out @ THE LEVER ON THE BACKING PLATE THAT IS ON EACH REAR WHEEL, using the cable adjuster on the drivers side frame in front of rear tire. The FEEL on the park pedal is a smooth ratchet that will go to the floor even when properly working, try resetting park, after pumping the foot pedal with the park brake on. I tow a car hauler and use a Prodigy brake controller and I'm pleased with the 4 discs ABS on my 2004 1500 Silverado ext. cab with 5.3 full tow package, for $22K out the door, new Jan 2004 w/ 0% 6yr. financing.



 
ken besancenez 
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07-10-11 05:47 AM - Post#2112501    
    In response to Brunzcuda

I was traveling about 45mph the other day when I came to a stop sign pressed on the brakes, all the way to the floor (talk about panic setting in) the car on the right have kids in it I knew my emergency brake didn't ever work. The man upstairs must have been watching I managed to slow down and drop it in low range and pull over. The rear brake line had a pin hole in it from corrosion. I had it towed to the dealer, what a sloppy job they done at a cost of 357..00
My problen is adjusting the e brake there is no more take up on the cable adjuster, I have never used the brake since it never did work, I guess I'm old school never used them but now I sure need it to work. Any help would be appreciated It is a 2001 silverado 4 whl dr. thanks kens41



 
DougRoost 
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08-10-11 07:26 AM - Post#2123962    
    In response to 57 Chevy Thunder

I agree it works acceptably -- but no more -- when properly adjusted on my 2000 Suburban 1500. I just wish it was easier to adjust, as in externally. I recently replaced rear brake pads and rotors again and forgot to adjust the parking brake before re-mounting the calipers. What a hassle to remove the wheels, calipers, and worst of all, caliper bracket that is torqued so tightly! Other cars I've had you could adjust the rear brake shoes externally, by simply jacking the car up and removing nothing but a rubber plug.



 
weynandp 
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10-23-11 08:56 PM - Post#2150473    
    In response to aservicemanager

About my 2002 Chevy Silverado - If the parking brake is so great for these years, why did gm go back to rear drum brakes? Because of this problem, piston slap, failing tailgate cables and popping front end when i turn left, I've purchased 5 other vehicles, none of them gm! When will gm pay the government back for the money they borrowed while designing and building this garbage?



Edited by weynandp on 10-23-11 09:18 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
mcyphert 
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10-31-11 02:04 PM - Post#2153127    
    In response to weynandp

My parking brake hasn't worked for years. Put new shoes on when I replaced the rotors, but could never get it adjusted right.

Mike

1964 Impala 2 door hardtop
2007 Cobalt coupe
2015 Malibu
2015 Silverado double cab


 
YOUNG57 
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11-15-11 08:31 AM - Post#2158225    
    In response to mcyphert

2003 Tahoe has almost no parking brake holding power. I almost never use them because I almost never park on an incline but the other day I did so I needed them and there was no parking brake. I applied them all the way to the floor while still in Drive, nothing, put it in Neutral, still nothing. Thought I needed to throwing a rock under a tire.

Got home and crawled under it to see. The parking brake cable from the driver’s pedal to the spreader bar has no adjustment \left; nut is bottomed out on threaded rod. Pulled rear wheels, calipers and rotors to look at parking brake shoes/drums, shoes and drums look new with no wear, never used them.

Adjusted the star wheel out to get the shoes to barely touch the drums and now I have some holding, enough for slight grade, but pedal still goes all the way to the floor and with little holding power. Would have expected it lock up tight with some pedal left.

While attempting to adjust the cable and the spreader bar I noticed I can pull about two inches of cable from the drivers parking brake pedal as if I’m compressing a spring. That means I am taking up two inches of slack (compressing spring) before the cable starts to actuate the parking brakes at the shoes/drums.

Seems these shoe/drum parking brakes are supposed to be self-adjusting but I’m not doing something to activate them. What is the procedure to get them to adjust?

Why is there two inches of slack in the cable before it starts to engage the shoes? How can I adjust that out?

YOUNG57




 
jham0077 
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03-08-12 09:01 AM - Post#2199968    
    In response to

You pegged that one Smitty. Service on a product should be just that, service. No matter where it came from or who changed the oil first.
How many people "adjust" their rear brakes(drums) by backing up and pumping the pedal? I don't know that much about rear disc because I've never owned anything with them. Most backing plates have access holes one can stick a screwdriver in and turn the adjuster. That's something that's always bothered me to hear, "That's a common problem with that model. That'll be $199.95 please.". You almost expect to hear "See you next time it breaks becasue of crappy parts and bad design."....

Keep throwing money at it, it'll get better...
95 Tahoe 5.7 w/5 spd
Gone but not forgotten,
87 LWB 4x4 5.0 w/3 spd granny,
84 SWB 4x4 5.7 w/3 spd granny,
93 Full Size Blazer 5.7 w/5 spd,
97 Step-side Vortec w/5 spd.
I like shifting gears.


Edited by jham0077 on 03-08-12 09:02 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Blue Burb 
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07-12-12 12:20 PM - Post#2247452    
    In response to jham0077

2001 K-1500;
I had the problem too.
We bought it used. The pedal went to the floor but the dealer said it was normal.
finally came apart a couple of years ago.
Just got them fixed.
They still don't seem dependable.
My buddy has a '99 with rear drum and his work well.

Steve
SF Bay Area
2001 Suburban 5.3L 1500 4WD Autoride 135K miles
1968 Malibu stock 327 4bbl dual exhaust


 
occupant 
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08-08-12 09:05 AM - Post#2257104    
    In response to Blue Burb

My second post in this thead. Same problem, different truck, 2000 Suburban and the parking brake is about as useless as Tic Tac under the tire in holding the truck still. Inspection is due in December and I'm not looking forward to spending a ton of money to have it fixed and then still not work as it should (but it MIGHT pass inspection if it holds "enough")

Alan Moore - TOAD Towing - Columbus, OH

14 Altima 2.5S, storm blue, 2.5L/CVT, 29K
00 Suburban LS 4x2, white, 5.3L/auto, 250K


 
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09-22-12 12:03 PM - Post#2272239    
    In response to tibbitts

  • tibbitts Said:
I hate to resort to lawsuite, which are way overdone (being burned by hot coffee, etc.) but in this case I think this is a safety issue AND A design defect issue and it is warranted<br /><br />Paul



Just a little FYI.

Stella was not driving when she pulled the lid off her scalding McDonald's coffee. Her grandson was driving the car, and he had pulled over to stop so she could add cream and sugar to the cup.

Stella was burned badly (some sources say six percent of her skin was burned, other sources say 16 percent was) and needed two years of treatment and rehabilitation, including skin grafts. McDonald's refused an offer to settle with her for $20,000 in medical costs.

You can read the rest hear. http://www.stellaawards.com/stella.html



 
bigreddaddy 
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03-11-15 04:03 PM - Post#2529907    
    In response to Quartlow

I have a 2003 Tahoe. It has horseshoe parking brake and I just replaced them and have to fit a cable then I'm done. But I found the the weak point is the clip and screw that holds the shoe in place will break
very easily and is supposed to only hold the truck if in park. And never put it in gear and then apply gas.



 
frankthetank 
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03-12-15 11:53 AM - Post#2530089    
    In response to tibbitts

I just noticed this thread & checked mine. I live in a home with an inclined driveway & it don't hold for crap once the truck is put into reverse, not stepping on gas, just put into reverse with e brake on.

Damnit GM, get it together already.

1963 Chevrolet impala sport coupe
2006 Chevrolet silverado crew cab 2wd


 
nhbiker 
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12-30-15 07:29 PM - Post#2598827    
    In response to jefro

i use mine everytime i park my '06 silverado. not very effective beyond that. my '03 had rear disc/drum that worked better.



Edited by nhbiker on 12-30-15 07:30 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
someotherguy 
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12-31-15 07:33 AM - Post#2598931    
    In response to nhbiker

2006 Silverado SS = 9.5" 14 bolt rear axle with drum brakes. Parking brake works fine.

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
64ss409 
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12-31-15 11:51 AM - Post#2598992    
    In response to someotherguy

My 99 Silverado has rear disc. A few years ago, I changed rear rotors, pads, and the parking brake bands. They work fine.
Ron

1964 SS 409/340 4 spd, bought new Oct '63 from Ken Boggs Chevrolet, Geraldine, Montana


 
Ray1999Z71 
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04-19-17 03:40 AM - Post#2687282    
    In response to 64ss409

So, without having to read through a couple hours worth of complaints, can anyone recap if there is an actual fix for the parking brake issue? Dad's Truck e-brake hasn't worked in over ten years. The brake light has been on for that whole time on the dash. So what is the fix? New shoes and a cable adjustment?

Dad always said "It'll be aight!"


 
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