Ram B1500, B2500, B3500, 1999-2003

Adjustments

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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.  
  3. Back off the cable tensioner adjusting nut to create slack in the cables.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear wheel/tire assemblies. Then remove the brake drums.
  6.  
  7. Verify the brakes are in good condition and operating properly.
  8.  
  9. Verify the park brake cables operate freely and are not binding, or seized.
  10.  
  11. Check the rear brake shoe adjustment with standard brake gauge.
  12.  
  13. Install the drums and verify that the drums rotate freely without drag.
  14.  
  15. Install the wheel/tire assemblies.
  16.  
  17. Lower the vehicle enough for access to the park brake foot pedal. Then fully apply the park brakes.
    NOTE
    Leave the parking brake applied until adjustment is complete.

  18.  
  19. Raise the vehicle again.
  20.  
  21. Mark the tensioner rod 1 / 4 in. (6.35mm) from edge of the tensioner.

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    Fig. Adjusting the parking brake

  22.  
  23. Tighten the adjusting nut on the tensioner rod until the mark is no longer visible.
    WARNING
    Do not loosen, or tighten the tensioner adjusting nut for any reason after completing adjustment.

  24.  
  25. Lower the vehicle until the rear wheels are 69-8 in. (15-20 cm) off the floor.
  26.  
  27. Release the park brake foot pedal and verify that rear wheels rotate freely without drag. Then lower the vehicle.
  28.  


NOTE
Adjustment is only needed when the tensioner or a cable has been replaced or disconnected for service. To avoid faulty operation, only the procedure below should be carried out.

  1. Brakes must be operating correctly and properly adjusted.
  2.  
  3. Check that the parking brake cables operate freely.
  4.  
  5. Raise the vehicle and check that the wheels turn without drag with the parking brake released.
  6.  
  7. Apply the parking brake fully.
  8.  
  9. Mark the tensioner rod 1 / 4 in. (6.35mm) from the edge of the tensioner (Dakota, Durango), or mark it from tensioner bracket (Ram). There may be a factory mark already here.
  10.  
  11. Tighten the adjusting nut on the tensioner (Dakota, Durango) or equalizer (Ram) until the mark is no longer visible.
  12.  
  13. Release the parking brake and ensure that the wheels turn without drag.
  14.  



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Fig. Parking brake adjustment mark-Dakota, Durango



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Fig. Adjusting the parking brake -Ram

Parking Brake Cable Tensioner




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 vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Back off cable tensioner adjusting nut create slack in cables.
  4.  
  5. Remove rear wheel/tire assemblies. Then remove brake drums.
  6.  
  7. Verify brakes are in good condition and operating properly.
  8.  
  9. Verify park brake cables operate freely and are not binding, or seized.
  10.  
  11. Check rear brake shoe adjustment with standard brake gauge.
  12.  
  13. Install drums and verify that drums rotate freely without drag.
  14.  
  15. Install wheel/tire assemblies.
  16.  
  17. Lower vehicle enough for access to park brake foot pedal. Then fully apply park brake pedal. The pedal should go approximately 3 inches past vertical toward the dash panel.
    NOTE
    Leave park brakes applied until adjustment is complete.

  18.  
  19. Raise vehicle again.
  20.  
  21. Mark tensioner rod 1 / 4 in. (6.35mm) from edge of tensioner.
  22.  
  23. Hold onto the tensioner rivet housing, to prevent spinning while tightening the adjusting nut on the tensioner rod until the mark is no longer visible.
    WARNING
    Do not loosen, or tighten the tensioner adjusting nut for any reason after completing adjustment.

  24.  
  25. Lower vehicle until rear wheels are 6-8 in. (15-20cm) off the floor.
  26.  
  27. Release park brake foot pedal and verify that rear wheels rotate freely without drag. Then lower vehicle.
  28.  

 
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