2000 Dodge Van 3500 Parking Brake Won't Hold
After just installing new rear shoes on my 2000 Dodge Van 3500, the emergency brake won’t hold securely. Several brake shops have inspected my installation. They confirmed everything was installed correctly.
The tensioner cable bracket is tightened to spec. However, when the emergency brake is on and I grab and pull on the cable in front of the bracket, there is still some play (slack) in it.
We have verified the primary (smaller) shoe is facing the front of the vehicle and the secondary (larger) shoe is facing the rear. Brakes fluid was completed purged, refilled and air bled out. Master cylinders and all lines are dry. Pedal is excellent with no drop off. Vehicle stops very evenly and timely.
The brakes have been adjusted against the drums so there is a slight drag. I have also done a series of forward and reverse motions with the van to allow the adjuster screw to do it work.
I have done many brake jobs but never experienced this problem before.
So…are the cable(s) stretched? Or… is the brake lever camber worn?, or what? I would appreciate your RSVP, especially if you have experienced this on your van.