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Jan 21, 2017, 10:07 AM

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I have a 2005 chrysler town and country. I am replacing the e break assembly as it was missing when i bought it and i cannot get it inspected without the e break working.

It has disc brakes for the regular brakes, but the e brake is like a drum brake. So the rotor is half rotor, and half drum. Its weird, i never seen them with both on the back brakes like that.

Anyways i went to the junk yard and pulled the e brake assembly off, however to get the assembly out i had to pop off the hub (there was not enough room to pull the e brake pivotal arm out with the hub intact), to pop off the hub i had to break the plastic cap and the plug connector on the inside to get to the metal to bang the hub out. Then i took the e brake assembly parts (pivotal arm, springs, pads, vaccum plates, e brake cables, etc.)

Now i am trying to put the assembly back on my vehicle, however i cant figure out how to take the hub off to insert the pivotal arm, without breaking the plastic cap? Its impossible to turn the pivotal arm between the hub to slide in without take the hub off.

Here is a picture that describes the scenerio the best (not exactly as this is pictured is a front) and mine is the rear.

In this video, this guy did what i did, but how do you do it without breaking the black plastic pliece in the back?
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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jan 21, 2017, 2:09 PM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 21, 2017, 11:23 AM

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Re: insert rear e brake pivotal arm Sign In

Here's the diagram you used.......

Can't say I've done the Chrysler version of this but many car makers do this style parking brake. The universal problem is nobody ever takes rotor off periodically and checks inside, clean it out and if needed adjust that with the star adjuster on the bottom. There's a way to adjust that thru a hole and also back that off so rotor would clear any rust ring or if shoes just didn't allow OR surface it would ride on if you were moving rusted up too much.

So you messed up and broke a part. Now I suggest go to a dealer and buy that part. Without a web scan of how that is attached to a cable there are tools to help put that on common drum brakes I'll just name it a spring retractor plier so it can be removed or installed without a lot of bleeding on your part.
99% of problems with this type is you really would benefit if you dragged parking brake now and then just some to keep surface clean. It wasn't and isn't meant to be a dynamic friction lining to drum like if it was the only brake. It's applied "static" so never rubs itself clean. Lube with just a smear of high temp grease where rotor is centered to hub and it won't be a problem all the time. If a very long time those are a horror which I think you found out.

The short: Go get the exact part which may be for left or right side at a dealer. You can't be the first one to mess up and that video is it's own horror show! NO!



Jan 21, 2017, 6:24 PM

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Re: insert rear e brake pivotal arm Sign In

I broke the junk yard one, not my car. I was planning on using my hub with the junk yard wheel assembly, and mix them together.

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Jan 22, 2017, 1:17 AM

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Re: insert rear e brake pivotal arm Sign In

What is the current problem the lack of the "Parking Brake" working or your current hub/bearing also? Lost a bit with this as I would go get a broken small hardware part perhaps but not generally used brake anything or a used wheel hub/bearing combo sold new and in stock usually.

This isn't a place to save a buck at all. There's no real telling what you might find in a junked vehicle for these things up to not allowed for certain brake parts at all at least where I am.

There's just no room to screw up with brakes even the Parking Brake if in total failure would or could mess up that whole wheel and cause an accident of unknown consequence.

If you can't afford to fix this properly nor know how choices are hands on professional help or send it out for a professional repair. If you can't do that this being a safety concern and inspection item then park it. No room for games you have an obligation to have a safe vehicle for use on public roads. End of story on that alone.

Now what is your real problem finding correct parts for this?

Be warned web video instructions on "how to" for everything known are full of garbage many times and not a replacement for dealing with your specific issue especially a problem of this sort.

Now what do you wish to do?


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