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tension on the emergency brake cable of a 2004 2500 duramax diesel

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Is there a way to adjust the tension on the emergency brake cable of a 2004 2500 duramax diesel ?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Dan replied 8 years ago.
Yes there is but have the rear rotors been removed to see if the e-brake shoes are out of adjustment or severely worn? These trucks are known for the e-brake shoes to wear prematurely or just become out of adjustment.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
The answer I was looking for is how the tension is increased. I was told by a dealership it couldn't be done ?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
And Yes the pads have been replaced. The drums are good too. I was told I had to replace the cables because they were stretched out and there was no adjustment?
Expert:  Dan replied 8 years ago.
Parking Brake Adjustment
Park Brake Shoe Adjustment
Tools Required
J 21177-A Drum-to-Brake Shoe Clearance Gage

Caution: Refer to Brake Dust Caution in the Preface section.

Important: The park brake shoes must be adjusted before the park brake pedal is adjusted.

Set the J 21177-A so that it contacts the inside diameter of the rotor.

Position the J 21177-A over the shoe and the lining at the widest point.
Turn the adjuster nut until the lining just contacts the J 21177-A .
Repeat steps 1-3 for the opposite side.
The clearance between the park brake shoe and the rotor is 0.6604 mm (0.026 in).
Park Brake Pedal Adjustment
Important: Before you adjust the park brake, verify that the park brake shoes are adjusted to provide a clearance of 0.6604 mm (0.026 in).

Verify that the self adjuster lock-out pin has be removed.
Fully apply and release the park brake pedal 3 times.

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