Dodge Colt/Challenger/Conquest/Vista 1971-1989 Repair Guide

Cable

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ADJUSTMENT



Through 1984 Models


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Fig. Fig. 1 Common parking brake cable assembly



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Fig. Fig. 2 Parking brake lever mounting



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Fig. Fig. 3 Exploded view of the parking brake cable system-1989 Conquest



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Fig. Fig. 4 Exploded view of the parking brake cable system-2WD 1989 Colt and Vista



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Fig. Fig. 5 Exploded view of the parking brake cable system-2WD 1989 Colt and Vista

Release the parking brake lever. Loosen the lock (rear) nuts on each side of the lever or on the frame bracket. Tighten the adjusting (front) nuts to increase tension, or loosen to reduce. Any adjustment must be made evenly on both sides. Be sure, after adjustment, that when the parking brake is released the rear wheels will turn freely with no brake shoe drag. Handbrake travel should be; through 1976-10 notches. From 1977-6 to 8 notches.

Lever stroke of less than 5 notches, will cause the adjuster to malfunction i.e., not adjust.

1985-89 Except Conquest
  1. Pull the parking brake lever up with a force of about 45 lbs. If that value cannot be determined, just pull it up as far as you can. The total number of clicks heard should be 5-7.
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  3. If the number of clicks was not within that range, release the lever and back off the cable adjuster locknut at the base of the lever and tighten the adjusting nut until there is no more slack in the cable.
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  5. Operate the lever and brake pedal several times, until no more clicks are heard from the automatic adjuster.
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  7. Turn the adjusting nut to give the proper number of clicks when the lever is raised full travel.
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  9. Raise and support the rear of the car on jackstands.
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  11. Release the brake lever and make sure that the rear wheels turn freely. If not, back off on the adjusting nut until they do.
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Conquest
  1. Pull up on the lever, counting the number of clicks. Total travel should yield 4-5 clicks.
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  3. If not, remove the center console and turn the adjusting nut on the lever rod to obtain the required travel.
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  5. Raise and support the rear of the car on jackstands.
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  7. With the parking brake released, make sure that the rear wheels turn freely.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Rear Wheel Drive
  1. Block the front wheels, jack up the rear of the car and support with jackstands.
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  3. Release the parking brake. Pull off the clevis pins from both sides of the rear brake. Disconnect the cable from the extension lever.
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  5. On drum brake models (through 1980): loosen the parking brake lever mounting bolts and disconnect the front end of the rear cable from the equalizer. On 1981 and later models; remove brake drums, disconnect cable from lever, remove retaining clip and remove cable through brake backing plate. Remove the front cable after disconnecting the parking brake lever. On rear disc brake models: Remove the rubber hanger from the center of the axle housing. Remove the parking brake lever and clevis pin linking the lever and cable. Remove the clips under the floor and remove the cable.
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  7. Install the cable. When installing, make sure that the cable clips do not interfere with a rotating part. Adjust the extension lever to stop first. Then adjust the left cable, then the right on the Challenger and Wagons.
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Front Wheel Drive
  1. Block front wheels, raise rear of car and support on jackstands.
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  3. Disconnect the brake cable at the parking brake lever (brakes released). Remove the cable clamps inside the driver's compartment (two bolts). On 1985 Colt, remove the rear seat. Disconnect the clamps on the rear suspension arm.
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  5. Remove the rear brake drums and the brake shoes assemblies. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the lever on the trailing (rear) brake shoe. Remove the brake cables.
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  7. Install the cable and adjust.
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