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Parking brake doesn't work. The cable is adjusted so that it is tight when engaged.

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Follow the brake cable near the rear brakes and where the Y is loosen the locking nut and then unscrew the Y so that it is loose, that is turn the nut counter clockwise to loosen both sides f the cable. Also check that the E brake cables are not broke inside of the cable housing.

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Check the return spring on the parking brake lever as wll as the gear teeth:
  1. Make sure the parking brake cable is free and is not frozen or sticking. Make sure the brake shoes are properly adjusted.
  2. Raise and safely support the rear wheels.
  3. Apply the parking brake while counting the number of notches. Check the desired parking brake stroke; it should be 7-9 notches.
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