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Parking brake adjustment - Light stays on when released. 2003 Manual

Can't seem to find much on the exact issue I'm having. When I release the parking brake, the light stays on. I can gently pull the parking foot brake up and the light will go out, but I cant figure out how to adjust this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Brake fluid low.

My 2004 did the same thing and I went down the same line of thinking.

I had a stuck brake cylinder in the rear drum brakes that had leaked fluid out. Replaced the rear brakes, bled the brakes, and added more fluid. No more red brake light on the dash.


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Brake fluid low.

My 2004 did the same thing and I went down the same line of thinking.

I had a stuck brake cylinder in the rear drum brakes that had leaked fluid out. Replaced the rear brakes, bled the brakes, and added more fluid. No more red brake light on the dash.
No dice... My fluid level looked fine, but then I just decided to bleed the system as I was changing my shocks today anyways. Still happens exactly as before. The force of push-back is good when I pull the release, but it's just not going back far enough to turn the light off.


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Does the pedal come back high enough? You said you could use your foot to pull the parking pedal up more.
See if there is a spring on the pedal. Maybe the spring is weak or the pivot point needs to be lubed?

Or maybe the cable isn't lubricated enough to snap back enough to turn the light off?

Press the pedal and let the snap back. Then go under the Xterra and look and see if the park cable is loose. You should be able to lift it with your hand just an inch or so.
If it is tight, then there may be an adjustment on the cable.

Otherwise, take the rear wheels off and adjust (loosen) the adjusting screw, just one or two turns. No more than this even, if it does not fix the problem.
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Does the pedal come back high enough? You said you could use your foot to pull the parking pedal up more.
See if there is a spring on the pedal. Maybe the spring is weak or the pivot point needs to be lubed?

Or maybe the cable isn't lubricated enough to snap back enough to turn the light off?

Press the pedal and let the snap back. Then go under the Xterra and look and see if the park cable is loose. You should be able to lift it with your hand just an inch or so.
If it is tight, then there may be an adjustment on the cable.

Otherwise, take the rear wheels off and adjust (loosen) the adjusting screw, just one or two turns. No more than this even, if it does not fix the problem.
Thanks for this. After looking a little more into it, I believe the issue might be with the spring in the photo attached--circled in blue. I believe it's called the return spring so it makes sense. It seems a bit beat up and weak to me so I will replace the parking brake assembly and report back.

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Sounds like that is it. Hope it's an easy fix!
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