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1996 Ford Thunderbird - What is this sagging cable?

Sometime last year I noticed a cable sagging below my driver side door. It's like a cable used for the brakes on a bike. It sags a couple inches below the bottom of the car and it doesn't sag when I have the e-brake engaged. I'm guessing it's connected to the brakes in the rear but I looked underneath it and it does not connect to the 2 brake lines coming from the front of the car to the brakes. The 2 black lines are the brake lines, red is the sagging cable and purple are what the cable is connected to. I believe I need to replace my master cylinder, my brakes were always a little squishy to begin with, but they seemed to get squishier awhile ago, on top of the fact that I've had to add about a tablespoon(or so) of brake fluid every monthly maintenance. Could the master cylinder be what's making this cable sag? and what exactly is this cable....?

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It is your e-brake cable. e-brakes are mechanical, not hydraulic, therefore it has nothing to do with your master cylinder. adjust the cable at the e-brake itself or re-hang the cable to its rightful resting place.

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