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Parking Brake Equalizer Cable Spring?

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Parking Brake Equalizer Cable Spring?

Hey All,

The other day I went to apply my parking brake and I heard and felt something snap within the system. From then on the pedal can go to the floor and not put enough tension to hold the vehicle. I pulled the rear wheels and drums figuring something failed in there...everything was good. Also inspected the parking brake cables where they attached and all seemed peachy-keen. Then I checked the cables themselves and aside from a little slack they don't seem broken. Then I moved into the cab, unbolted the pedal assembly and visually inspected it as best I could from my awkward, inverted position and couldn't find anything out of place.

After doing some research and finally finding a diagram for the complete system I may have narrowed down the issue. from said diagram I think i am missing the Parking Brake Equalizer Cable Spring. I have attached the diagrams for your viewing pleasure and to aide in my explanation.

Does anyone know where I can get one of these spring? Would the removal of this spring prevent the system from working properly?




Here is a close up to show more detail




Thanks in advance,
DD
 
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I didn't see anything at RA. If you can find the part number that would help.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...ke+&+wheel+hub
 
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Already tried Rockauto. They are the first place I check when I need an OEM part. I also checked a few Ford specific parts suppliers with no luck. The diagrams were from a Google image search and were a dead end as well. Unfortunately I do not have a part number.
 
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So I went to the local hardware store and picked up a spring that looked like a good alternative to the factory one picture above....with no change.



Back to the drawing board.
 
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Looks like the equalizer came of the other end, should be attached to other cable, not on the cable sheath.


This piece


Best picture I can find

 

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I see. Looks like I need to slide the equalizer up to the bare cable and cri.p it down a bit. Thanks for the addition picture. I'll try that when I get out of work.
 
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2011Supercab,

You hit the nail on the head. My equalizer had slid back on the cable sleeve which released all the needed tension in the parking brakes. I was able to slide it back up and squeeze the crap out of the end to keep it in place. I now have a parking brake again!

Thanks again!
 
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Cool, Glad it was that easy.
 
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