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I had the same thing. just remove the cover from under the steering wheel and you can see the ratchet release lever. You can also remove the metal cover that is under the plastic cover for more visibility. now just reach in with a bit of stiff wire with a hook on the end and pull the lever back to you. that is all the cable does, and voila, the brake is released. now you just have to remember not to push it down again (I did!)
YOU NEED TO ADJUST REAR PARKING BRAKE AT THE LEVER.FIRST OF ALL YOU NEED TO BLOCK FRONT WHEELS.THEN RAISE THE REAR OF THE VECHICLE.SUPPORT WITH JACK STANDS.MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON HARD LEVEL SOLID GROUND WHEN USING JACK STANDS.AFTER RAISING THE CAR SET PARKING BRAKE 1 CLICK TOWARD ENGAGEMENT.REMOVE FLOOR CONSOLE.TIGHTEN THE ADJUSTING NUT UNTIL THE PARKING BRAKES DRAG SLIGHTLY WHEN THE REAR WHEELS ARE TURNED.RELEASE THE PARKING BRAKE COMPLETELY.CHECK IG PARKING BRAKES DRAG WHEN REAR WHEELS ARE TURNED.READJUST IT NECESSARY UNTIL THERE IS NO BRAKE DRAG FROM THE PARKING BRAKES.
Raise and secure on stands after breaking loose the lug nuts and parking brake on for front pads.. Remove wheels and spread old pads back to push cylinders back in their bores on calibers to allow for thickness of new pads. Remove the 2 sliding claiber retaining bolts and rotate caliber out of mount and secure with wire, boungie cord, or rope to take weight of caliber brake hose. Remove old pads, install new, and reassemble in reverse order. Lugs on alloy wheel should be torgued to 95 foot lbs. Block front wheels, release parking brake,and do the back ones the same way. After completing, pump brake pedal slowly several times to seat new pads. If you move the MPV without pumping first, you will have no brakes to stop. If brake fluid level is high in master cylinder, you will need to take some out first to make room for returning fluid from caliber pistons being returned to their bores prior to any brake work. Rotors should be replaced or turned if scored or warped to have better clapping of pads to rotor surface.
Hope this helps. This is out of the factory manual. Let me know if this works for you.
NOTE: Tensioner adjustment is only necessary when the tensioner, or a cable has been replaced or disconnected for service. When adjustment is necessary, perform adjustment only as described in the following procedure. This is necessary to avoid faulty park brake operation.
Fully back off cable tensioner adjusting nut at equalizer to create slack in cables.
Remove rear wheel/tire assemblies. Remove brake calipers and rotors.
Verify park brakes are in good condition and operating properly.
Verify park brake cables operate freely and are not binding, or seized.
Check park brake shoe adjustment.
Reinstall rotors and make sure rotors turn freely.
The parking brake cables may be stretched and in need of adjustment. Follow the cables along to a nut. Then you can tighten the adjusters up on both sides until you have the proper tension. Also make certain none of the brackets are bent or broken that the cables ride through.