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How to Adjust Parking Brake 09-14 Ford F-150

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  1. step : Adjusting the Parking Brake (0:27)
    • Remove the rubber boot from underneath the differential tube with a pair of pliers
    • Spin the adjustor up and rotate the tire until the e-brake grabs it
    • Adjust the tires until the e-brake pedal presses midway or a couple clicks down

Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years.

Hi, everyone. Sue here at 1A Auto, and today I'm going to show you how to adjust your parking brake on a 2011 Ford F-150.

So you have the access window with a rubber boot on it to keep the water out. It's located right under the differential tube. We see the round cutout. I take a pair of pliers because it has a lip to it, and I'm going to just hold onto it while I pull it out. You don't want to put it inward because then you have to take the whole, you might have to take the whole rotor off. Try a small screwdriver. Just got to make sure you put pressure on it, make sure it doesn't fall in.

So with that out, we set that aside, and the adjuster is, you can see it. It's right here if you look down inside. Now you're going to take an angled spindle, and you're going to see which way it goes to adjust. It feels like it's going to go upward. So I'm grabbing it and spinning it up. At the same time, I'm going to rotate my tire because I want to feel the brake, e-brake, grab. You'll end up feeling or seeing which way it goes. You'll be able to tell. The key is to spin the tire, and you'll hear the brakes start to... the shoe will start to hit the rotor. Now you're going to do the same thing to the other side.

Now with both e-brakes adjusted to my liking, you're going to go inside and apply your parking brake. Push down on that pedal. If it goes all the way to the floor, then you're going to come back. Obviously, release the pedal, come back, and keep adjusting these until your e-brake pedal is midway or a couple clicks down. You don't want it too tight, and you don't want it too loose.

So now it's safe to put the rubber protector boots back in. I like to put the cup side out so I have something to grab every time I remove it or install it. This thing is kind of tricky. It's got the lip for the tin to sit in. Don't get too Brutus with it. Sorry, Brutus, if you're out there. You see the lip, how it sits in the tin. You see groove over the rubber. Set it up there. Perfect.

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Tools needed for replacement:

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