ISUZU Amigo/Pick-ups/Rodeo/Trooper 1981-1996

Parking Brake Cable

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Pull Handle Type

See Figures 1, 2 and 3



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Fig. Fig. 1: Pull handle brake and front cable



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Fig. Fig. 2: Intermediate cable attached to adjuster



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Fig. Fig. 3: Pull handle type parking brake assembly-Amigo

This type parking brake is identified by a pull handle to the lower right of the steering wheel. To engage this brake, the handle must be pulled toward the driver. To release the brake, turn the handle toward the passenger and push in.

FRONT

See Figure 1

The parking brake equalizer nut threads will often rust in service, making adjustment or removal difficult. If necessary, spray a penetrating lubricant on the nut and equalizer threads, then allow time for the lubricant to work.

  1. Set the parking brake pedal to the fully released position. Loosen the parking brake cable adjuster nut enough to slacken the cable tension on the front brake cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the plastic trim panel below the steering column.
  4.  
  5. Release the front cable from the brake handle by rotating the cable and detaching it from the tab at the rear of the assembly.
  6.  
  7. Unfasten the cable from the intermediate bracket.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Apply a small amount of lithium grease to both ends of the brake cable.
  2.  
  3. Attach the brake cable to the intermediate bracket.
  4.  
  5. Attach the brake cable to the handle assembly by inserting the cable and rotating the cable into the handle.
  6.  
  7. Install the trim panel below the steering column.
  8.  
  9. Adjust the parking brake.
  10.  

FRONT LOWER

This cable is located between the intermediate bracket and relay lever assembly.

  1. Block the rear wheels.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the front of the vehicle safely using jackstands.
  4.  

The parking brake equalizer nut threads will often rust in service making adjustment or removal difficult. If necessary, spray a penetrating lubricant on the nut and equalizer threads, then allow time for the lubricant to work.

  1. Set the parking brake pedal to the fully released position. Loosen the parking brake cable adjuster nut enough to slacken the cable tension on the front brake cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin followed by the pin and washer attaching the front lower cable to the relay lever.
  4.  
  5. Detach the front lower cable from the intermediate bracket.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Apply a small amount of lithium grease to both ends of the brake cable.
  2.  
  3. Attach the brake cable to the intermediate bracket.
  4.  
  5. Attach the brake cable to the relay lever by inserting the pin and washer and securing in place with a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Adjust the parking brake.
  8.  
  9. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  10.  

INTERMEDIATE

See Figure 2

This cable attaches the equalizer bracket to both rear brake cable assemblies.

  1. Block the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle safely using jackstands.
  4.  

The parking brake equalizer nut threads will often rust in service making adjustment or removal difficult. If necessary, spray a penetrating lubricant on the nut and equalizer threads, then allow time for the lubricant to work.

  1. Set the parking brake pedal to the fully released position.
  2.  
  3. Loosen and remove the parking brake cable adjuster nut and equalizer bracket.
  4.  
  5. Remove the cotter pin followed by the pin and washer attaching the intermediate cable to each of the rear cables.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cable from the vehicle.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Apply a small amount of lithium grease to both ends of the brake cable and the equalizer bracket.
  2.  
  3. Attach the brake cable to the equalizer bracket.
  4.  
  5. Attach the brake cable ends to the rear cables by inserting the pin and washer, and securing in place with a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Adjust the equalizer bracket and cable using the adjuster nut.
  8.  
  9. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  10.  

REAR

See Figures 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9



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Fig. Fig. 4: If equipped with rear disc brakes, remove the cotter pin from the caliper cable retainer pin



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the washer from the retainer pin, and place aside



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the cable retainer pin from the caliper



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Fig. Fig. 7: Slide the cable out of the bracket



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the cable retainer bracket retainer bolts



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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the retainer bracket to ease removal

These cables, one at each rear wheel, attaches the brake shoes to the intermediate cable.

  1. Block the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle safely using jackstands. Remove the rear wheel and tire assemblies.
  4.  
  5. Set the parking brake pedal to the fully released position.
  6.  

The parking brake equalizer nut threads will often rust in service, making adjustment or removal difficult. If necessary, spray a penetrating lubricant on the nut and equalizer threads, then allow time for the lubricant to work.

  1. Loosen the parking brake cable adjuster nut at the equalizer bracket to slacken the intermediate cable.
  2.  
  3. If rear disc brake equipped, remove the cotter pin, followed by the pin and washer attaching the intermediate cable to the rear cable.
  4.  
  5. If drum brake equipped, remove the drum to access the cable end.
  6.  
  7. Detach the cable end from the brake shoe cable retainer hook. The brakes shoes may have to be removed to access the retainer hook and cable on some models.
  8.  
  9. Slide the cable end out the rear of the brake backing plate.
  10.  
  11. Remove the retainer nut securing the rear cable bracket to the vehicle underbody. Remove the retainer clip securing the front of the cable assembly to the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Remove the cable from the vehicle.
  14.  

To install:
  1. Apply a small amount of lithium grease to both ends of the brake cable.
  2.  
  3. Slide the end of the cable through the hole at the rear of the brake backing plate.
  4.  
  5. If equipped with drum brakes, attach the brake cable to the brake shoe retainer hook. If the shoes were removed, install them to the backing plate, along with the springs and other components removed earlier.
  6.  
  7. Install the brake drum assembly.
  8.  
  9. If equipped with rear disc brakes, attach the cable to the caliper using the pin, washer and cotter pin.
  10.  
  11. Attach the brake cable end to the intermediate cable by inserting the pin and washer, and securing in place with a new cotter pin.
  12.  
  13. Attach the cable to the vehicle underbody using the retainer bolts to secure the brackets in place. Tighten the bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (13 Nm). Attach the retainer clip to secure the front of the cable.
  14.  
  15. Adjust the brake shoes, if equipped.
  16.  
  17. Adjust the parking brake using the adjuster nut.
  18.  
  19. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  20.  
  21. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  22.  

Center Console Type

See Figures 10 and 11



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Fig. Fig. 10: Center console and parking brake handle-Rodeo shown (other center console types similar)



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Fig. Fig. 11: Rear cable assembly-Rodeo shown (other center console types similar)

The console parking brake, most easily identified by the center console mounted control handle, uses a ratcheting type locking device to secure a lever in a desired position.

FRONT

See Figure 10

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the center console assembly. Refer to the procedure in General Information & Maintenance 0 for removal and installation details.
  4.  
  5. With the lever handle in the released position, loosen and remove the adjuster nut. Slide the end of the cable through the bracket at the base of the handle.
  6.  
  7. Lift the carpet behind the lever handle and unfasten the front cable from the rear cable floor connector.
  8.  
  9. Remove the cable from the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Remove the cable from the bracket at the back of the cable.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Attach the cable to the rear bracket.
  2.  
  3. Apply a small amount of lithium grease to the cable end bracket where it contacts the rear cables.
  4.  
  5. Attach the cable bracket to the floor connector and rear brake cables.
  6.  
  7. Slide the cable under the carpet and lever handle, then through the bracket hole at the base of the handle. Secure in place with the adjuster nut.
  8.  
  9. Adjust the brake cable.
  10.  
  11. Position the carpet in place, and connect the negative battery cable.
  12.  

REAR

See Figures 11 and 12



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Fig. Fig. 12: Remove the cable assembly from the brake using a suitable wrench to remove the retainer nut

  1. Block the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle safely using jackstands. Remove the wheel and tire assemblies.
  4.  
  5. Matchmark the rear drum/disc assembly, then remove the drum/disc to access the rear cable attachment point.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cable from the brake shoe retainer clip. In some cases, the entire brake shoe will have to be removed to detach the cable. Refer to the necessary procedures in this section.
  8.  
  9. Slide the cable out through the rear of the backing plate.
  10.  
  11. Remove the bolts securing the cable brackets to the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Remove the cable from the vehicle.
  14.  

To install:
  1. Apply a light coating of lithium grease to both ends of the cable.
  2.  
  3. Slide the brake cable through the hole in the bottom of the vehicle underbody. Make sure the rubber sealing ring is seated properly.
  4.  
  5. Slide the cable through the brake backing plate and engage the cable end to the brake shoe. If necessary, install the brake shoes followed by the drum/disc assembly.
  6.  
  7. Adjust the brake shoes.
  8.  
  9. Attach the brake cable to the vehicle using the retainer brackets and bolts. Tighten the bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Attach the cable end to the floor connector and front cable. Make sure that the tab on the bracket engage correctly.
  12.  
  13. Adjust the brake cable.
  14.  
  15. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  16.  
  17. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  18.  

Pedal Type

The Hombre is the only model covered by this guide equipped with a foot operated parking brake. This type of brake uses a ratchet type pedal to connect a cable to an equalizer, which controls tension on the 2 rear cables that are attached to the brake shoe levers.

FRONT

See Figures 13, 14 and 15



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Fig. Fig. 13: Parking brake pedal and release handle-Hombre



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Fig. Fig. 14: Front cable to pedal assembly



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Fig. Fig. 15: Front cable routing under the left side of the vehicle

  1. Raise and support the front of the vehicle safely on jackstands.
  2.  

The parking brake equalizer threads often rust in service, making adjustment or removal difficult. Spray a penetrating lubricant on the nut and equalizer threads, then allow time for the lubricant to work before loosening or removing.

  1. Accessing from under the left-center of the vehicle, loosen the adjuster nut on the cable equalizer assembly.
  2.  
  3. Separate the front cable from the equalizer.
  4.  
  5. Bend or squeeze the frame retainer fingers and release the cable from the frame.
  6.  
  7. If necessary for access, remove the lower trim panel from the left side of the dash.
  8.  
  9. Release the cowl retainer and grommet, then disconnect the front cable from the parking pedal assembly.
  10.  
  11. Attach a length of wire to the cable, then carefully pull it through the cowl, leaving the wire in place for installation purposes. Remove the cable from the vehicle.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Apply a light coating of lithium grease to both ends of the cable.
  2.  
  3. Use the wire left in the cowl opening to pull the cable into position.
  4.  
  5. Seat the retainer and grommet to the cowl, making sure the retaining fingers are completely through the hole.
  6.  
  7. Attach the cable to the pedal lever, then, if removed for access, install the lower trim panel.
  8.  
  9. Install the cable retainer to the frame, then, if equipped, secure any retaining clips.
  10.  
  11. Connect the cable to the equalizer, then adjust the parking brake.
  12.  
  13. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  14.  

REAR



See Figures 16 and 17



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Fig. Fig. 16: Rear cable attached to front cable at underbody before the rear wheel



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Fig. Fig. 17: Rear cable attached to brake assembly-Hombre

  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle safely on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear tire and wheel assembly. Matchmark and remove the brake drum assembly.
  4.  

The parking brake equalizer threads often rust in service making adjustment or removal difficult. Spray a penetrating lubricant on the nut and equalizer threads, then allow time for the lubricant to work before loosening or removing.

  1. Under the left-center of the vehicle, loosen the nut on the cable equalizer assembly.
  2.  
  3. Separate the cable from the equalizer.
  4.  
  5. If equipped, release the rear cable retainer from the frame rail.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the shoe lever. Remove the brake shoes if necessary.
  8.  
  9. Remove the cable retainer from the backing plate by squeezing all of the retainer fingers and pulling the cable out of the plate. One easy way of accomplishing this is to position a box wrench (which is slightly smaller than the cable retainer) over the retainer to squeeze the fingers, then gently tap the wrench with a hammer to free the cable.
  10.  
  11. If equipped, remove the cable bolt and clip from the frame.
  12.  
  13. Remove the cable from the vehicle.
  14.  

To install:
  1. Apply a light coating of lithium grease to both ends of the cable.
  2.  
  3. Position the cable under the vehicle and insert it through the brake backing plate. Seat the retainer on the plate making sure all of the fingers are locked in position. Route the cable and, if equipped, secure the frame retainer.
  4.  
  5. Attach the cable to the brake shoe lever and assemble the brakes.
  6.  
  7. Align and install the brake drum. Adjust the brake shoes.
  8.  
  9. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  10.  
  11. If equipped, install the retaining clip and bolt. Tighten the bolt to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Properly adjust the parking brake cable.
  14.  
  15. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  16.  

ADJUSTMENT



The brake cables should be adjusted any time one of the cables has been disconnected or replaced.

Pull Handle Type

See Figure 18



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Fig. Fig. 18: Pull handle adjuster-Trooper

Before adjusting the parking brakes, check the condition of the brake shoes and components; replace any necessary parts.

  1. Block the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle safely on jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Fully release the parking brake pedal.
  6.  

The parking brake equalizer threads will often rust in service making adjustment or removal difficult. Spray a penetrating lubricant on the nut and equalizer threads, then allow time for the lubricant to work before loosening or removing.

  1. Under the left-center of the vehicle, loosen the adjuster nut on the cable equalizer assembly.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the equalizer nut until the rear wheels cannot be turned forward by hand without excessive force.
  4.  
  5. Loosen the equalizer nut until there is moderate drag when the rear wheels are rotated forward.
  6.  
  7. Engage the parking brake handle three or four times. If properly adjusted, the traveling range between released and engaged will be between 12-14 notches. If not within this range, adjust the nut further.
  8.  
  9. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  10.  

Center Console Type

To adjust the parking brake tension, the cable adjuster nuts at the base of the center console lever must be tightened or loosened.

Before adjusting the parking brakes, check the condition of the brake shoes and components; replace any necessary parts.

  1. Block the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle safely using jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Locate the parking brake cable adjuster nut at the base of the lever assembly. If additional working space is needed, the center console can be removed. Refer to the procedure in General Information & Maintenance 0 .
  6.  
  7. Set the parking brake pedal to the fully released position.
  8.  
  9. Grasp the end of the cable and rotate the adjuster nut until all cable slack disappears.
  10.  
  11. Engage the parking brake handle three or four times. If properly adjusted, the traveling range between released and engaged will be between 6-8 notches. If not within this range, adjust the nut further.
  12.  
  13. If removed, install the center console.
  14.  
  15. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  16.  

Pedal Type

Before adjusting the parking brakes, check the condition of the brake shoes and components; replace any necessary parts.

  1. Block the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle safely on jackstands.
  4.  

The parking brake equalizer threads often rust in service, making adjustment or removal difficult. Spray a penetrating lubricant on the nut and equalizer threads, then allow time for the lubricant to work before loosening.

  1. Under the left-center of the vehicle, loosen the nut on the cable equalizer assembly.
  2.  
  3. Set the parking brake pedal on the 6th click.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the cable equalizer nut until the rear wheel cannot be turned forward by hand without excessive force.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the equalizer nut until there is moderate drag when the rear wheels are rotated forward.
  8.  
  9. Release the parking brake and verify that there is no brake drag in either direction.
  10.  
  11. If equipped, tighten the equalizer locknut.
  12.  
  13. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
  14.  

 
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