As the title states, I failed NJ State inspection for my rear driver side brake hanging up. After jacking up the truck and pulling off both wheels and brake drum covers, I think I know the problem.
Initially I thought my problem had to do with the parking brake cable because the brakes would hang up, then after shaking the cable, it would go away. The hanging up would only occur when I used my parking brake. Now I am pretty sure I know the problem is the parking brake, however I think the cable may not be the problem.
What I feel the problem is, is the part that the parking brake cable connects to
-the piece that pushes out the brake pads when pulled forward (when parking brake is set). When the parking brake is released, it snaps back into its resting position where it stops pushing out the brake pads, and the wheels can move again.
Problem is, this part is working fine on the passenger side, however not on the driver side
. When you set the parking brake, the part does not move forward anymore. When you disengage the parking brake, it does not move backward either.
I have noticed that the part on is sitting more forward on the drivers side than it is on the passenger side, and I think that is why my brakes are hanging up
. I've tired hitting it back by tapping it with a hammer and punch, but it has done nothing. I've also tried to pry it back, but again, nothing has happened.
What I need to know is, is this part supposed to be further up on the driver side than the passenger side? Could it be hanging up because the parking brake cable is not letting it go any further back? Why isn't it being pulled forward when I set the parking brake? Most of all, if it isn't supposed to be this way, how can I fix it?
Driver side brake setup. Arrow points to problem part.
Driver side brake setup. Arrow points to problem part. Circle shows problem part location when cable is released.
Driver side brake setup. Parking brake cable connecting to problem part.
Passenger side brake setup. Arrow points to part working correctly. Circle shows location when cable is released.