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Whenever I engage the parking brake it doesn't lock up the wheels at all.. there isn't the slightest bit of friction.

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Remove the rear driver side wheel and make sure it's connected to the brake drum assembly (slide the drum off and verify the e-brake cable is attached).

Check for any breaks in the cable underneath the car.


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