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My parking brake cable is stock in rust. I have to change it, but it looks like i have to remove all the exhaust. Does someone know how to replace the cable?

How do you replace a parking brake cable?

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  • nicholas_leb May 21, 2009

    I have disk brakes not drum on rear wheels.



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The handbrake cable attached to the end of the parking lever, runs on the underside of the car & is then divided to 2 cables via Y junction These cables go unto the backside of he wheel drum and on pulling the parking lever pulls the cable towards the front of the vehicle.On the rear wheel each cable is attached to a oinion which moves the drum brahes(rear wheels) and engages on of the brake shoes in both wheels, pulling it from the center(front to back) exerts enogh braking such tha vehicle will not move, even on>30 degree angle....sodeep

Posted on May 21, 2009

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    Sudeep Chatterjee May 23, 2009

    In case of disk brakes the same theory is applicable except, since they too are hydraulically controlled. The difference being that the cable ends in a small piston which when pulled compresses the brake fluid resulting in clamping the disc brakes such that the wheel will not be able to rotate anymore...................sodeep



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