How Do You Install an Emergency Brake Cable?


Quick Answer

To install an emergency brake cable, hoist the front end of the vehicle, locate the nuts, jack up the rear end of the vehicle, loosen the cable adjusting nuts, and pry out the compensator lever. Unfasten the brake cable from the backing plate, replace the old cable with a new one, and tighten back the cable adjusting nuts.

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Jack up the front part of the car, and place two support stands under it. Release the brake pedal and parking brake. Find the cotter pin and castle nut on the rear wheel shaft, and remove the pin from the nut. If necessary, remove the wheels to reveal the nut. Hoist the rear end of the vehicle with a hydraulic jack and jack stands.

Consult the repair manual, and pry the rubber boot out of the brake handle. Unfasten the adjusting nuts on top of the cable, remove them, set them aside for reuse, and place a flathead screwdriver in the slots to keep the cable from twisting. Pull out the compensator leveler.

Unfasten the bolt that holds the hand brake cable to the backing plate, pull the cable through the plate and detach the cable. Clean the guide tube, apply grease to a new brake cable and slide its rear end through the plate. Install back the brake shoes, replacing them with new versions if necessary, and connect the cable to the brake lever. Tighten back the cable adjusting nuts and, if necessary, bolt back the wheels.

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