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I posted a while back about a problem not being able to adjust my ebrake. With new shoes it just won't hold. The suggestion was made to replace the cable(s) as they are likely stretched.

Which cable or cables am I replacing? I looked on RockAuto and it looks like there is a small cable at the ebrake lever that connects to the two long cables that run to the back drums. Is that small cable the one that could be stretched, or am I replacing the ones going to the drums?

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hey, im not sure about what cable, but have you tried tightening the bolt connected to your ebrake? if not you can either take the rubbery thing off ( where your e-brake is) with a flat head screw driver and get it from there, or take the whole center dash out by moving your seats forward all the way, then undo the screws on both sides (1 on each side) then just pop it off, that was you can see the whole thing. sorry about not being able to answer your question directly, but try that.
 

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I'm not sure, but I think I was the one who made the suggestion on replacing the cables. The ones that I replaced on my '88 Pony were the ones running underneath the car to the drums. I was able to get some from a JY pretty cheap that weren't streched much. If you have a Pull A Part or something similar to it you can picK them up cheap there.
 

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Did you make sure the little pivoting arm peice on the rear brakes isnt rusted? I thought the cables on my escort were getting stretched but i found out the piece on the rear drums that the cable connects to was stuck. Just an idea before you buy new cables..
 

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Try adjusting the cable. The adjustment is down around the handle and you can tighten it without removing anything. Also, check and see of one of the cables is hung up.
 

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I've cranked the adjuster down so much I can barely pull the handle, and I can still get out and roll the car. I'll mess with it this weekend and try your other suggestions first.

Can I pull the brake with the drums removed to see if the shoes are moving? Or will it not return (like the hydraulic side)?
 

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If you can barley pull the handle then one or both of the cables is froze up. You can remove the rear wheel and watch the mechanism on the back of the drum to see if it moves. One side will probably move because it seems unusual for both cables to be froze up at the same time.
 

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I'll check it out. What I mean by barely being able to move it is that I tighten the adjuster as far as it will go, and I have to pull the handle with both hands. Right now I have it at a 'normal' setting where I can pull it with tension on it, but it makes a creaking noise and then the car rolls backwards on a hill..
 

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Did you make sure the little pivoting arm peice on the rear brakes isnt rusted? I thought the cables on my escort were getting stretched but i found out the piece on the rear drums that the cable connects to was stuck. Just an idea before you buy new cables..
x2 I take apart/clean/lube that every time I have the drum off ANY Escort/Tracer and have never had an issue since with mine or any customer ones since.
 

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Pulled it all apart today. Turns out that pivoting arm was indeed rusted, rusted solid on both sides. Sprayed it with WD-40 and PB Blaster and worked the ebrake up and down, and it started to free up, but not enough. Wound up pulling the shoes and removed the ebrake assembly, stuck it in a vise and hammered it loose while spraying with PB Blaster. It's nice to have an ebrake again :D

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Oh, and by the way, for anyone who has a hard time with the springs on the drums, get yourself a hook and pick set. Put the little springs on with the hook, and lever the big springs into place with the pick (they'll slide down the pick and pop right in). I figured that out after my dad was working on his car and got shot in the face with a spring trying to put them on with pliers :roll:
 

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Glad to hear you got your e-brake back lol. Those little pivoting arms can be a real pain sometimes.
 
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