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You can set the parking brake on your 1998 Ford Explorer directly from your driveway or garage, saving you time and money. You’ll know it’s time to make an adjustment when you find the vehicle slipping forward after you’ve applied the parking brake when parked downhill. You only need a few tools purchased from your local auto parts dealer. If you normally do your own repairs, you probably already have these tools on hand. The only additional tool you may not have and need is a cable tension gauge.
Activate the parking brake by pressing it against the floor with your foot.
Put two chocks in front of the front wheels and two behind them. Raise the rear of the vehicle with a floor jack, slide two jack stands under the Explorer rear frame rails near each rear wheel, then lower the Explorer onto the stands.
Get under the Explorer and hold the parking brake cable rod in place with your hand. You can recognize it as the rod in the center of the underside of the vehicle that has cables leading towards it. Tighten the equalizer nut with your pliers six turns.
Find the EQs on the rear drums inside the wheel wells. Position the cable tension gauge behind the equalizers and adjust the tension to a maximum of 600 pounds.
Make sure the rear wheels do not spin. Next, disengage the parking brake and check that the rear wheels turn easily and freely. If not, repeat the adjustment.
Raise the vehicle, remove the jack stands, lower the vehicle, and remove the wheel chocks.
Articles will need
- 4 wheel chocks
- Floor jack
- Jack stands up
- Cable tension meter