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Old 01-21-2014, 04:27 PM   #21
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Re: How strong should E-350 parking brake be?

Yeah, sounds like a full float. Ford kept the full float in the Wagons until 2003 when it then became a mixed bag.

BTW - my parking brake is stronger going forward than reverse.
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:53 PM   #22
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Re: How strong should E-350 parking brake be?

My 02 wagon has a semi-float. I've found no logic to what they came in. It is only a 5.4 but has a 4R100 trans instead of 4R75.
Mixed bag on all years IMO.
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:10 PM   #23
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Re: How strong should E-350 parking brake be?


All a great discussion, but I have what should be a simple question.
How do you adjust the parking brake on an '07 E350? Sure ain't like it was in the old days....
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Old 08-13-2015, 10:54 PM   #24
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Re: How strong should E-350 parking brake be?

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All a great discussion, but I have what should be a simple question.
How do you adjust the parking brake on an '07 E350? Sure ain't like it was in the old days....
It actually is just like the old days

Simple star wheel adjuster. Super tough to reach through the backing plate though, its a lot easier to take it all apart and adjust with the rotors off.
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Re: How strong should E-350 parking brake be?

What i miss in all that discussion is that nobody ask what tire size is used at the affected rigs. I also have the problem that my e-brake does not work well.
I guess an e-brake that works fine with OEM tires will get weak with 35" or bigger. If there is someone out there who use 37" and his brake works great than i have to ckeck mine one more again
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:29 AM   #26
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Re: How strong should E-350 parking brake be?

It actually is just like the old days

Simple star wheel adjuster. Super tough to reach through the backing plate though, its a lot easier to take it all apart and adjust with the rotors off.

I keep hearing that, but don't see any place where the adjusting hole might be. Is it where the cable enters the backing plate?
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Old 08-14-2015, 09:26 AM   #27
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Re: How strong should E-350 parking brake be?

Just a reminder there is an automatic park brake cable self-adjuster on the park brake pedal itself.

It is automatic and needs no adjustment. But if you are going to remove park brake cables, you need to "park it" using a drill bit or something (see owner's manual).
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It actually is just like the old days

Simple star wheel adjuster. Super tough to reach through the backing plate though, its a lot easier to take it all apart and adjust with the rotors off.

I keep hearing that, but don't see any place where the adjusting hole might be. Is it where the cable enters the backing plate?
I assume you have a Dana 60FF so the hole for the star wheel adjuster is on the PS down side of the bracking plate between the axle body. (see pic) on the DS it is upsidedown so on the upper side and you (me) are only can achieve it for adjustment when the tire is dismounted. Normaly there is a rubber at the hole to protect the brake from smal stones/dirt to get in. So better to take it back on this place after ending the work. The rubber is on the same picture than the tool i used.
If i remember well on the PS you have to turn clockwise -looking forward- to give less space between the brake pads and the rotor. On PS !again if i remember well! you have to turn anti clock wise.
But you will feel it if it is right direktion after 4-6 "clicks" (peaks of the star). In right direktion it will stop latest than.
I also need on DS a "special" toll to feel better what i am doing. It will work also with a normal screwdriver but with a bended on it works better i think. I also need a good flashlight to see the stars, but maybe it also was because of my old eyes


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Re: How strong should E-350 parking brake be?

Well, that photo sure helped!! Thanks for taking the time. I was only looking on the drivers side and that sucker is really up and out of the way, but I see it now. I'm familiar with how to do the adjustment, and will work on it when my back stops acting up. I'm pretty gimpy right now.

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How strong should E-350 parking brake be?

Ok went and looked at my van and with disc it has no adjustment at the wheel just a cable at the spring. How does one adjust at the pedal.
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