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Adjusting parking brake

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Is it possible to adjust the parking brakes without taking to a mechanic? I remember how easy it was with older cars that had rear drums. But I read that with a manual tranny and discs all around, a pro mechanic should adjust them.

My truck has been making groaning noises when I am parked on a boat ramp, parked in first gear with parking brake set. Today, I had to get back in twice to pull the handbrake lever higher, and then it was hard to release. I don't like the prospect that the brake not holding well put strain on the transmission, either.

I am going to buy some wheel chocks as back-up but want to get the brakes adjusted, too. The truck has almost 88k miles on it and the rear pads were replaced once, years ago. Brakes are working well otherwise.
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If it was only the parking brake issue your can pull the cup holder out and turn the nut a few times and your good but the pedal to the floor is a bad thing especially if brakes fail launching the boat. If you’re unable to do these repairs yourself go have it done on the much sooner side and stop towing anything and preferably don’t drive the truck much, if at all. Good luck, post up what the outcome is.

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