My wife purchased a used 2004 2500 CTD Quad Cab. The parking brake isn't holding as well as it should and I would like to adjust them. Can anyone direct me to a DIY that would show me how to tighten them up a little bit? Thanks much!
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1998 Ram 2500 Sport Package, short bed, 24V Turbo Diesel, automatic, 265/75R16's, Rhino coated bed
2004 Ram 2500 HO CTD, long bed, 6 speed manual, Quad Cab, K&N cold air intact, Linex coated bed
the cable goes along the frame on the drivers side of the truck. Maybe this will help you get it adjusted.
NOTE: Tensioner adjustment is only necessary
when the tensioner, or a cable has been replaced
or disconnected for service. When adjustment is
necessary, perform adjustment only as described
in the following procedure. This is necessary to
avoid faulty park brake operation.
1. Raise the vehicle.
2. Back off the cable tensioner adjusting nut (5) to
create slack in the cables.
3. Remove the rear wheel/tire assemblies. Then remove the brake rotors (Refer to 5 - BRAKES/HYDRAULIC/MECHANICAL/
ROTORS - REMOVAL).
4. Verify the brakes are in good condition and operating properly.
5. Verify the park brake cables operate freely and are not binding, or seized.
6. Check the rear brake shoe adjustment with standard brake gauge (Refer to 5 - BRAKES/PARKING BRAKE/
SHOES - ADJUSTMENTS).
7. Install the rotors (Refer to 5 - BRAKES/HYDRAULIC/MECHANICAL/ROTORS - INSTALLATION) and verify that
the rotors rotate freely without drag.
8. Install the wheel/tire assemblies, (Refer to 22 - TIRES/WHEELS/WHEELS - STANDARD PROCEDURE).
9. Lower the vehicle enough for access to the park brake foot pedal. Then fully apply the park brakes.
NOTE: Leave park brakes applied until adjustment is complete.
10. Raise the vehicle again.
11. Mark the tensioner rod 6.35 mm (1/4 in.) from
edge of the tensioner (2).
12. Tighten the adjusting nut (5) on the tensioner rod
until the mark is no longer visible.
CAUTION: Do not loosen, or tighten the tensioner
adjusting nut for any reason after completing
13. Lower the vehicle until the rear wheels are 15-20
cm (6-8 in.) off the shop floor.
14. Release the park brake foot pedal and verify that
rear wheels rotate freely without drag. Then lower
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