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Old 12-14-2010
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ebrake is sticking

Hey guys, I am having a sticking ebrake issue thats been going on for a while now. It first started last year, when it snowed or was real cold the rear tires would lock up on me from sitting over night. So I would just leave it in gear and wouldn't fully push down on the ebrake pedal. After the winter the ebrake worked perfectly fine and never had another sticking issue. I went to take off this morning and it was stuck again. I basically broke it loose by giving the truck gas. When it release it banged hard. Since last winter I have down new ebrake shoes, hardware, and replaced the self adjusting cable. Mostly every thing is new in there. Any ideas on whats causing it to stick could it be the cables themselves?
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If the temp is close or below freezing, don't use the emergency brake. If you are parked on a slope, then use a 2x4 or a chock behind the tire(s).

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yeah thats if its freezing its proby frozen happened to my grand pa before
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Not using it enough. Rust is one of the primary culprits for causing the parking brake to not work properly, so when you do go to use it and crank er down from never using it, she snaps or locks. Inspect your lines or replace it entirely. Could be simple as a line adjustment. Lubricating the pivot points and brake cables periodically with chassis or brake grease can help protect against corrosion. Brakes are pretty serious. Cheers

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It has nothing to do with not being used my truck is a stick so I use it everyday. I'm thinking its something with the cable since I redid the shoes and the ebrake is the same.
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my buddys locked on the other day turned out all it needed was some hammering and a shot of wd40
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right on....i was wondering if your rig was stick or auto. My bad. Could be a tension problem when you redid your brake system.
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right on....i was wondering if your rig was stick or auto. My bad. Could be a tension problem when you redid your brake system.
The thing is it was exactly the same before and after the brake job. I'm gonna try and WD40 it and see if that helps
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Don't bother, it was a TSB for my old 01, probably still carries over for later models. I think Ford's answer was grease and some silicone in some of the holes in the backing plate, but nothing really keeps the water out. The shoes would get wet and freeze to the drums. Nothing with linkage or cables, just the shoes.
I'm sure you can find it, but it's one of those vehicles quirks many just live with. I don't use the ebrake if it has been wet (rain, melted snow, etc) and then cold.
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Don't bother, it was a TSB for my old 01, probably still carries over for later models. I think Ford's answer was grease and some silicone in some of the holes in the backing plate, but nothing really keeps the water out. The shoes would get wet and freeze to the drums. Nothing with linkage or cables, just the shoes.
I'm sure you can find it, but it's one of those vehicles quirks many just live with. I don't use the ebrake if it has been wet (rain, melted snow, etc) and then cold.
Thanks A lot I found the TSB on this program I have. It says to use Silicone Gasket and Sealant on the backing plate.
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