Toyota Pick-ups/Land Cruiser/4Runner 1970-1988

Adjustment

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PICK-UP AND 4RUNNER



1970-79

See Figure 1

Before attempting to adjust the parking brake, adjust the rear brake shoes as outlined earlier.

  1. Loosen the parking brake warning light switch bracket.
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  3. Push the parking brake lever in until it is stopped by the pawl.
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  5. Move the switch so that it will be OFF at this position, but ON when the handle is pulled out.
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  7. Tighten the switch bracket and push the bracket lever in again.
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  9. Working from underneath the vehicle, loosen the locknut on the parking brake cable equalizer.
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  11. Screw the adjusting nut in, just enough that the brake cables have no slack.
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  13. Hold the adjusting nut in this position while tightening the locknut.
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  15. Check the rotation of the rear wheels to make sure that the brakes are not dragging.
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  17. Pull out the parking lever and count the number of notches needed to apply the brake. If it is between 6 and 9 notches, the brake is properly adjusted.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Parking brake adjustment-1970-79 Pick-up

1980-88

See Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Pull the parking brake lever all the way out and count the number of clicks to the end of travel. 1980-83 models should have 7-15 clicks; 1984-88 2WD models should have 10-16 clicks; 1984-85 4WD models should have 7-15 clicks; and 1986-88 4WD models should have 9-17 clicks. If the parking brake lever is not within these ranges, adjust as follows.
    1. Under the truck on 2WD models, there is an equalizer bar where the 2 cables come together. Tighten or loosen the adjusting nut until the lever travel is within the proper range. Check that the rear brakes are not dragging.
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    3. Working under the truck on 4WD models, tighten the bellcrank stopper screw until the play in the rear brake links becomes zero, and then loosen the screw 1 turn. Tighten the locknut.
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    5. Tighten one of the adjusting nuts on the intermediate lever while loosening the other one until the lever travel is correct. Tighten the adjusting nuts.
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    7. After adjustment, check that the bellcrank stopper screw is touching the back of the brake backing plate.
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  3. Recheck the parking brake travel.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Pull the parking brake out and count the clicks



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Fig. Fig. 3: Parking brake adjustment-1980-88 2WD Pick-up



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Fig. Fig. 4: Parking brake adjustment-1980-88 4WD Pick-up and 4Runner



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Fig. Fig. 5: View of parking brake adjustment location

Land Cruiser

See Figure 6

1971-83

Land Cruiser models use a separate drum brake assembly, operating on the drive shaft, to serve as a parking brake. Adjust it as follows:

  1. Push the parking brake lever all the way in, so that the brake is released.
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  3. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it with jackstands.
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  5. Turn the parking brake adjustment shaft, which is located at the bottom of the parking brake backing plate, counterclockwise until the shoes seat against the drum.
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  7. Back the adjuster off one notch.
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  9. Apply the parking brake; the drum should be locked. Release the brake; the drum should rotate freely.
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If the drum does not rotate freely with the brake off, loosen the adjuster one more notch.

  1. Adjust the turnbuckles on the parking brake intermediate levers and the adjusting nuts on the end of the parking brake cables, so that 6-9 notches are required to apply the parking brake (1975). Set it for 7-12 notches on the 1976-83 models.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Parking brake lever adjustment-1984-88 Land Cruiser

1984-88

Parking brake adjustment procedures for these models are the same as those detailed in the 1980-88 Pick-up section. Use the 4WD steps and adjust the parking brake to 7-9 notches.

 
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