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Parking Brake We took our 2003 Tahoe for inspection and failed because the parking brake didn't hold. We live in TX and the land is very flat so we almost never use it. I was told it would cost well over $1,000 to fix. Is it hard to fix ourselves or does it really cost this much to have it done?? Thanks! Pondroms

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Hello;
Since you rarely use the parking brake, it is probably out of adjustment. Get under the drivers side of the vehicle after blocking the tires. You will see a cable running down the side of the frame. Follow the cable to the adjuster, it will have threads and a nut on it. Tighten the cable up a bit at a time, check your progress as you go. Do not overtighten it as the park brake will drag and wear out prematurely.
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1k is WAY overpriced for parking break replacement you could replace the WHOLE unit for that much.

If you don't want to do it yourself find a good mechanic that wont rip you off to check if it needs adjusting or which part needs to be replaced should be around 200$

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