1994 idi f-350 emergency brake will not hold backing my boat at ramp

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  1. Wolfer

    Wolfer Registered User

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    No I did not say park I said neutral in transmission and transfer case in neutral also. still could turn wheel or drum with one hand but very slowly Thewespaul lol
     
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    Well yeah, even a open diff, you won't be spinning it very fast.

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    I prefer to get it close with the drum off first as well but you have to grind the ridge off the inside of the drum for that to work.

    Have you removed the drums yourself at all?
     
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    yeah the drums were replaced about 1,000 miles ago there was no lip on the drums. I pulled the stop away from the star adjuster and screwed the threads outward spreading the shoes. It really did not sound like shoes were rubbing on the drums but the driveshaft was making noise too so it was hard to tell but it did not get hot after I stretched the shoes out more. I did it all with the drums off.
     
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    You shouldn't have to touch the "stop" to tighten the shoes.

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    it is easier to pull the stop away to lengthen the adjuster. it is spring loaded and does not hurt it a bit. I just held it away from the star with one hand and screwed the star out with the other.
     
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    Right. Won't hurt anything at all. And if doing it via removing drum and spinning it with your fingers, it will be easier.

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    My fingers have always still preferred to use pliers. I can't usually quite grab the smooth part and the teeth hurt lol!

    Yeah maybe you still just don't have them tight enough. Another problem I run into is sometimes you'll tighten them "off center" and when you put the drum back on and stop they re-center and are loose again. I like to put the drum back on and step on the brakes once or twice and re-check. I've always found it to be a royal pain loosening the adjuster through the access hole so I don't over-tighten them and back them off like some do.
     
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    Umm, mine has an adjuster in the cable where the two cables come together for the single cable. It’s right behind the cab. I’ve tightened mine several times. Still doesn’t hold for crap.
     

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