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Parking brake adjustment on 09 Chevy

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by QuadRacer041, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. QuadRacer041

    QuadRacer041 Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    I have an 09 Chevy 3500 and i failed inspection for the parking brake. I used to work in automotive field when I was younger so I know some things about brakes...etc....
    The rear baking plate has the cut outs to adjust the star adjuster and when i look in there with a flash light i can't see anything. Do I seriously need to pull the wheels apart and yank the axles to remove the rotors to adjust the ebrake shoes from inside?????
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,971

    What was the failure for exactly?
     
  3. QuadRacer041

    QuadRacer041 Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    Not tight enough...would hold the truck
     
  4. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
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    Messages: 2,402

    It should be in there it's offset to side. Have to use a thin glade head my brake spoons never reached them.

    It's completely possible the shoes are gone.
     
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    I would take the rotors off and inspect.
    If of remember they are the biggest pitas to adjust on the truck b/c of the springs being in the way. One of gms better ideas.
     
  6. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
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    Is this a SRW? No reason to pull axle shafts out
     
  7. QuadRacer041

    QuadRacer041 Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    Its a dually......I can't even see a star adjuster when i look in the cuts out. and on the passenger side, the cut out is above the axle, making it bee more of a ***** to get too. The axles will have to come out I'm sure.
     
  8. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
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    Why can't you just pull the rotor off?
     
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,971

    In a non HD truck (or full floating rear end) you shouldn't have till pull the axle. However, if the brakes are bad it's usually easier to pull the axle and hub to replace them
     
  10. QuadRacer041

    QuadRacer041 Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    Oh, I'm sorry. It is an HD model, i forgot to mention that. So there definitely are star adjusters? What direction would I need to rate them? Would I rotate the brake spoon/adjusting tool handle up, which would be rotating the inserted end downward or would it be the opposite way?
     
  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Yes there are adjusters. Direction, ya got me.
     
  12. QuadRacer041

    QuadRacer041 Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    Well, i sacrificed a screw driver and bent it to get it in there. I was able to adjust the left side, but no way I can get anything into the right side as the leaf spring shackle is in the way. So as I'm tightening up the left side and testing it to see if it will hold the truck.......snap.......the left rear cable snaps....lovely.
     
  13. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
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    Messages: 2,402

    Unhook the cables and make sure the Parking brake arm moves freely on each side. Cables are easy to replace