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Old 01-13-2013, 04:32 PM
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Problem with parking brakes- 06 F350 manual

I just picked up a 2006 F350 Dually with a manual tranny, it seems the parking brakes only hold when they want to. Is there a trick when pushing down the pedal, or is something wrong? Sometimes when you push the pedal down it goes to the floor with little resistance and still rolls, but other times it feels like the brakes grab and the pedal becomes stiff long before reaching the floor, thus keeping the truck from moving. Have done some searching with little luck on this subject.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:38 PM
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Hell every manual i have had the parking break didnt work so i would suggest keeping a block behind your seat if you need to park with it running, otherwise leaving it in gear is fine
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Wonderful! LOL. Will low gear hold me at the boat launch? New to diesels so I have a lot to learn.
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Well you have to shut the engine off to leave it in gear otherwise when u let go of the clutch the engine will kick like hell and die. But what i do is stop, put it in reverse with the clutch pressed, then shut off the truck. slowly let off the clutch and then the brake. It should hold the truck fine unless your on a really steep incline then it will have the tendency to roll.
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My parking brake does the same thing, it usually takes 2 or 3 times setting it before it catches correctly.
I have read from others that you just need to clean up and lube the pedal mechanism to get it working correctly.

It is definitely safer to have a good working emergency brake!!!
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:39 AM
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My parking brake does the same thing, it usually takes 2 or 3 times setting it before it catches correctly.
I have read from others that you just need to clean up and lube the pedal mechanism to get it working correctly.

It is definitely safer to have a good working emergency brake!!!
Well hell whats the fun in being safe??
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:57 AM
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Same problem here with my truck. PBrake only holds SOME of the time. I disassembled the rear brakes and cleaned up everything in there. They hold a little better now, but still not great. I wouldn't trust them on any incline if I'm hooked to a trailer. I use 1st gear to hold my truck, reasoning that the taller gear (taller than low or reverse) should hold better. Still sux having to kill the truck just to get out for a second or two. I'm hoping for someone who's corrected this problem to chime in here and help out.
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From what I understand there is a "star" nut in there that can be used to adjust them. I had a place look at it when they put new tires on last year and now it works like a charm.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:11 PM
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Thanks! I'll go back in soon and look for that.
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