Originally Posted by Red5
The parking brake doesn't work. What would cause the red internal brake light to stay on as if the parking brake were engaged? Guess I need to figure out why the parking brake doesn't work..
1) brakes may need to be replaced (really low pads)
2) brakes may be mis-adjusted (good pad, bad placement)
3) may have excessive slack in e-brake cable
Can't help you with the light, that is not a part I have torn into yet.
to check your brakes, take off one rear wheel and look at the studs, 1 or two MIGHT (i dont remember, i get rid of any i find) have something that looks like a thin threaded washer. take them off and you should be able to pull off the drum. If it pulls off and slides on really easily (the first time might be tough) then your brakes are probably mis-adjusted. There is an adjuster in about the low center of the hub, looks like a rod with a circle of teeth around it. I forget which way to spin it.
While you have the drum off, have someone pull the e-brake while you watch, you should see the pads move, if not, that could be your problem as well. Also look at the little hydrolic cylinder in the wheel, this is what actually applies the brake when your driving. It also helps auto-adjust the drum (i believe). if it looks like its leaking it needs to be replaced.
I've done several drum brake jobs, while its not simple, it is easy if you only do one side at a time (so you can use the other for reference when your stumped as to where a part goes), I find the hardest part is properly adjusting the brakes when done.