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park brake won't set
#1378005 Tue Sep 22 2020 02:23 AM
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Any one know how to fix a park brake so it will lock when pushed down? '50 GMC 150. Thx.


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Re: park brake won't set
GMCJoe #1378015 Tue Sep 22 2020 03:13 AM
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I would guess that the lock has been worn. It needs a fairly sharp edge where the pedal shaft goes thru it to grab the shaft. Could also be that the spring is weak as well. You might be able to remove the locking bar and use a file to "sharpen" the hole. Otherwise, you probably need to replace the locking bar.


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Re: park brake won't set
GMCJoe #1378037 Tue Sep 22 2020 12:07 PM
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Make sure your lock bar is paint/rust free. I had to sand mine to insure it held--Good Luck--Bill

Re: park brake won't set
GMCJoe #1378142 Wed Sep 23 2020 12:11 AM
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I had the same problem on my '41. Removed the ratchet and sharpened it with a file. It's very hard, wore out a 3 corner file sharpening the teeth but it works now.


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Re: park brake won't set
GMCJoe #1378497 Sat Sep 26 2020 02:49 AM
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What has worked for me, was putting more "bend" in the for lack of better name the arm that the shaft goes through.


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