What could cause my emergency brake from not holding when I pull handbrake.

Asked by Sep 13, 2016 at 07:54 PM about the 1995 Mercury Tracer

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Put new brakes on front and rear,replaced cylinders on back brakes and I even
replaced the front cable to the handbrake and spring.

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There hasn't been an emergency brake sense they done away with the lever and rod system. then they called them parking brakes, they are not designed to stop a fast moving vehicle. However they should be able to hold you car on a fairly steep incline facing forward, never trust a parking brake for backwards movement. I am going to assume that you set the rear shoes to just drag slightly when you spin the wheel. After initial break-in of the rear brakes you may have to reset the park brake up the same way, just a slight drag when you tighten the park brake adjuster on the brake cables. And that should do it.

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