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I have an 06 Dodge Grand Caravan with fold in seats and rear

Customer Question

I have an 06 Dodge Grand Caravan with fold in seats and rear disc brakes. I replaced the parking brake cable from the pedal to the Y or splitter and the rear arms on the calipers dont even move when brake pedal is applied. I need help to understand where and of there is an adjustment or if there could be another be another issue
JA: Have your brakes ever been replaced? Have you checked the brake fluid?
Customer: Rear pads look like they should be replaced soon but i am getting zero travel in E brake arms at calpiers
JA: Are you fixing your Grand Caravan yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: nope
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Posted by JustAnswer at customer's request) Hello. I would like to request the following Expert Service(s) from you: Live Phone Call. Let me know if you need more information, or send me the service offer(s) so we can proceed.
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

Hi Im David and here is the procedure.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Now i feel stupid lol. ok one more thing. Is there a way to show me how the Y goes back on? Or how the lines must be ran to it
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

let me see what i can find. and never feel stupid.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
If you knew what my job title was you would know why i said that lol. Im going to go try to figure it out real fast, cant be hard. ill be right back
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

ok

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I let in to much tension. How do I get some slack to be able to reconnect the cables
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

thats the tricky part. you're going to have to untension it from the front or somehow have someone hold the lever on the back of the backing plate

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Is it that flat head screw that's in the middle of the tensioner?
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

can you send me a pic of your set up please?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
my phone died ill send asap
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

ok, thanks

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Trying to add now
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

ok, thats up at the pedal.... let me see how to loosen the tension on that

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

well heres the procedure. usually harder than it supposed to be.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
By this it looks as off you don't even go to the cab or mess with the pedal. I will try it
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

ok. let me know if you need more help

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Well I did it and got it back together and the right side holds a little but the left nothing. Still looks as if that arm on the caliper the cable attaches to is moving 1/4 inch maybe. Not holding at all. The pads are pretty thin. Do you think that could have something to do with it?
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

absolutely...and spray all moving parts with wd40 and move them back n forth

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok I'll replace pads and all that. So how does this work? I am going to maybe need help again in an hour or so. Do I have to pay again?
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

nope. ill leave it open

Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

no more cost

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thank you so much.
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

you bet

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No joy man. New pads, checked cable adjust. I WD40 the mechanism under the caliper and arm. I just don't get it man. I am gonna have to jack it back up and take the wheel off the back again to see if it's working at all.
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

darn.... whats the pedal feel like when you press it down?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
There is tension for sure. I do notice it seems to miss a tooth or slip a little mid travel. And when I look under while it's pressed in I see the stabilizer is no even. The top of it is pressing against the bottom of the van.
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

try to even it out

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok so the bottom cable is furthest forward and the top is the least forward. The stabilizer is getting caught on the bottom of the mount that holds all the cables in place. It will not even out even with force. It seems like the entire thing is to close to the mount and thats why it catches
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
It is even bending the cable from the pedal to stabilizer
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

are the levers at the calipers moving freely?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok left side the cable has slack when not engaged, and barely moves. The right side moves and looks right in the cable but barely. Basically both levers are just moving very slightly
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

you might want to go ahead and replace both rear cables if you cant adjust them anymore. get a new equalizer also.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I was afraid of that. How much travel is there supposed to be at the arms on the calipers? I mean under the calipers
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

at least 45 degrees.

Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

perfect would be a bit more.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Oh yeah they aren't moving that far at all. It would seem the auto tensioner is still good. I'll look around for cables
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

make sure you get the right lengths......

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Just make sure it is for with stow and go seating I think right?
Expert:  david craig replied 4 months ago.

yes