2008 Chrysler Town & Country Q&A
2008 Chrysler Town & Country Question: parking brake cable adjustment
i just replaced the front parking brake cable because the old cable pulled thru the ferrule on the end. the replacement cable is an exact replacement part purchased from a mopar dealer. i cannot connect the front cable end to the rear cable bracket. there doesn't seem to be sufficient cable length even if i pull the cable taut. it seems to be almost 2 inches short of making the connection. is there some adjustment that i have to make to close the gap? - coach851
Please Read entire procedure: Release the parking brake. Raise and support the vehicle. Manually release the automatic adjuster mechanism tension of the parking brake lever assembly on the cables. Remove the front cable from the routing clips fastened to the underbody of the vehicle. Collapse the front cable retainer fingers at the end of the cable housing where it contacts the intermediate bracket. Using an appropriate size box wrench works well to do this. . Pull the front cable out of the intermediate bracket . Lower the vehicle. . Remove left front door opening sill scuff plate. Remove lower cowl trim. Remove interface connector retaining clips from parking brake lever . . Disconnect wiring connector at parking brake indicator lamp switch. . Remove three mounting nuts , then remove parking brake lever from cowl and place it on driver's floor. NOTE: Prior to removing cable from lever, note cable routing through lever for ease in reassembly. Remove front cable button from lever. . Collapse the front cable retainer fingers at the end of the cable housing Using an appropriate size box wrench works well to do this. . Separate cable from parking brake lever . . Lift back the carpet and remove the cable routing P-Clip from the weld stud. Pull the cable seal loose from the floor pan. Pull the front parking brake cable out of the vehicle through the hole in the floor pan . Installation Pass most of the front parking brake cable down through the access hole in the floor pan from inside the vehicle. Insert the lever end of the front parking brake cable through the mounting hole in the parking brake lever. Slide it through until the retainer fingers on the end of the housing lock in place. Make sure all fingers are engaged preventing removal of cable from bracket. Pull button on end of cable strand out of housing and route into lever, then attach the front cable button to the lever mechanism. Slide any extra cable back into housing. . Position parking brake lever over mounting studs, against left lower cowl . Install three mounting nuts . Tighten all three nuts to 28 N·m (21 ft. lbs.). . Install the front parking brake cable floor pan seal into the hole in the floor pan . Install the cable routing P-clip onto the weld stud. . Reposition the carpeting back down on the floor. Connect wiring connector at parking brake indicator lamp switch. Attach interface connector to parking brake lever . Install lower cowl trim. Install left front door opening sill scuff plate. . Raise and support the vehicle. Pass the end of the front cable through the hole in the end of the intermediate bracket . Press the cable housing retainer through the hole until the fingers on the retainer lock it into place. Attach the front cable to the routing clips fastened to the underbody of the vehicle. . Attach the equalizer to the three parking brake cables and reset the automatic adjuster tension on the cables. PARKING BRAKE AUTOMATIC ADJUSTER TENSION RESET Wipe the front parking brake cable strand clean at the intermediate bracket area. CAUTION: Do use any type of sharp instrument directly on the cable strand to hold it in place. Damage to the cable strand or coating can occur. Clamp an appropriate pair of pliers (vise grips)on the front parking brake cable button only and pull the cable stand rearward until it stops, then grasp the front cable strand and hold it in this position. Remove the pliers from the button. While holding the front cable in this position, install the equalizer (attached to both rear cables) on the front parking brake cable. Release the grasp on the front parking brake cable. Lower the vehicle. Apply and release the parking brake lever one time. This will seat the parking brake cables and allow the auto adjuster in the parking brake lever mechanism to correctly tension the parking brake cables. Lower the vehicle. Apply and release park brake pedal one time. . Check operation of parking brakes. - Johnny Mopar
Did you ever figure out how to make the cable extend far enough to attach? I am dealing with a similar problem. - jsp4019
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