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Old 10-16-2014, 06:25 AM   #1
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Parking Brake Problem?

Well, I did it! I bought a 1995 National I Dolphin. It's got 101,000 on it but the PO took great care of it & did many upgrades. My problem is this - the emergency brake is so hard to apply & release that I'm afraid of damaging the panel. The PO said he was told that that was the way they all are & to buy a spare trim panel for when he rips this one off. I'm finding that hard to believe. Is this a common problem? Are there any fixes? Other than that, the coach is in great shape. Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:56 AM   #2
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Personally I doubt his answer..I say Get under it Lubricate what ever part moves--NOT necessarly WD-40..which is short lived on the bottom of your Dolphin.
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Old 10-21-2014, 06:52 PM   #3
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Which chassis do you have Ford or GM? If it is a Ford with a drum brake on the drive shaft attached to rear of the trans case and cable operated I would say you probably have a seized cable in the cable housing. Also check the brake actuation hardware inside the drum
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:43 AM   #4
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Our parking brake is like yours. No problems yet.
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:08 AM   #5
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It's on a Freightliner chasis & the brakes are air/hydraulic. I'm assuming that means that the emergency brake is spring-applied, but am not sure.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:26 AM   #6
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If you apply the emergency brake with a foot pedal it probably cable operated. As mentioned by FredV the cable may be seized or the cable could be frayed. You will need to find the location of the emergency brake and have someone operate the E brake to see if there is any movement at the brake. Lube any pivot points you see. If all else fails call Frightliner ask how the E brake operates. Being it's air over hydraulic brakes there may be a procedure that needs to be followed to set the brake I may be wrong but I think your chassis is actually a John Deere before Freightliner bought it.

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