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Rear right ebrake cable too short

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by bewert, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. bewert

    bewert New Member

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    I replaced the drum brake shoes at the rear of my 98 ZX2. The right rear ebrake linkage was frozen so I pulled it and loosened everthing up so it moves freely. Left rear is fine, and all the cable move freely.

    I'm trying to hook it back up so I can go get it inspected by June 16. Everything went together just fine except my right rear cable seems an inch or two too short.

    Here is the ebrake lever and the farthest I can pull the center cable towards it:
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    Where all three cable come together the linkage is skewed towards the right rear:
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    Here is a picture of the right rear bracket, cable and end hooked onto the ebrake linkage leading to the drum:
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    It all looks OK according to online pics, manuals, videos, etc. Any ideas? I need to get it fixed and inspected before the temp registration runs out.
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    bewert New Member

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    New cable works, but self adjusting brakes still don't

    Is it possible for the teeth on the mechanism to wear out?

    I've made multiple backwards aggressive stops and nothing changes. Pedal still very soft, backs don't seem to be working, and e-brake does nothing.
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    madmatt2024 FEOA Member

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    Take the drum off and free up the slack adjusters. Aggressive reverse stops DO NOT adjust the drums on these cars. When working properly pumping the brake pedal until it gets firm properly adjusts them.
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    Aggressive braking wont help. With the vehicle moving slowly in reverse, pull up on the parking brake. That should make the adjustment
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    Stop spreading misinformation. Applying the brakes in reverse DOES NOT adjust the drum brakes in these cars!!! If everything is working properly then all you have to do is pump the brake pedal until it gets firm, then everything is adjusted properly.

    Also, why are you replaying to a thread that is 7 years old!?
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    Bc age of posts means nothing in relevance searches.
    And that's taken from the chilton car care manual on how to adjust the rear drums
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    Still doesn't excuse not looking at the date when thinking about making a reply. Also, the Chilton manual is dead wrong in this case. The drum adjustment mechanism on these cars is different from just about any other car out there and Chilton used generic info anyway.
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    Chilton manuals suck. Factory Service Manuals for these cars are cheap used on eBay or free download sometimes.

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