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Old 02-13-2016, 02:42 PM   #1
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emergency brake repair

Hello all.
Getting the rig ready for a trip to the international convention in WV. I've got a few things to address before we head out
My emergency brake does not brake. Lever beside seat pulls up with some tension on it but will not engage brake. Any ideas on how to access cable/s and drum assembly ? ?
Another question is....... where is the rear electric fuel pump located ? Don't tell me in the rear.... Would a faulty pump cause the engine to sputter and feel fuel starved while on the highway. Sometimes it's really bad and other times it's non existent. Any other thoughts on this problem ? ?
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Old 02-13-2016, 03:43 PM   #2
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Can I assume you have a motor home?

If so you can access the emergency cable under the rig. You may find an adjuster just before the cable is split to each side. If not you can buy a cable shortner. If you get a cable shortner do not get a piece of Chinese junk as they will collapse before tightening the brakes. Make sure the brake shoes for the normal braking are adjusted before you attempt to adjust the e cable.

Depends on the year of your rig. newer pumps are in the tank while older ones can be on the frame or on the engine.

The sputtering could be a weak pump but I would first check the fuel filter. You may be able to find the delivery rate for the pump on the net. Remove the fuel line at the engine, carb or fuel injection, and run a test.
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Emergency Brake

Ooops sorry I failed to let you know what it is. It is a 1985 345 motor home with a 454 gas engine. She has 46k on the odometer. The emergency brake is in a drum brake behind the tranny. I'll look outside the fuel tank to see if I can locate it and check for any fuel filter/s. Carb was rebuilt back in 2000.
You're right about Chinese "junk". Have had a couple of bad experiences with it.
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I may want to read Dean's thread titled 'Dad's Toy' in the Classic Motorhome forum, it includes work on the emergency brake work on his '82 around page 102 and onwards
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:25 AM   #5
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The electric fuel pump is most likely located just in front of the fuel tank.
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Attaching the section from the service manual with the parking brake adjustment procedure:
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On the sputtering, I thought that ours had fuel starvation problems when we first got it. Turned out that the coil was failing, symptoms would show up and get worse as the engine got hot.
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Thanks all for the input. More questions will follow..... Right now it's 2 degrees outside so I won't be crawling around outside just yet.
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fuel pump

many times the electical connections to the fuel pump get corroded. clean those up before buying a new pump. joe q
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The electric fuel pump is most likely located just in front of the fuel tank.
I should have added on the passenger front side of the fuel tank
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