Saturday, April 6, 2013
2004 Ford Parking Brake Problems
I had an easy fix on a 2004 Ford F-150 today. The owner said the right parking brake cable was disconnected for some reason and wasn't sure if it was broken or if the parking brakes needed new shoes. I pulled it in and checked it out. The parking brake on these trucks have shoes that are basically a drum brake inside the rotor. So, it is disc brakes on the rear with little drums also on both sides of the axle. I started by removing the tire and checking things out.
This is the top of the backing plate. The slot is where the pivot goes through. It just sits in the slot and is held in by the brake shoes and spring.
I lubed up the pivot and the 6 areas on the backing plate that the brake shoes ride on with some brake grease. It made everything smooth as butter.