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Our 2000 Malibu has been sitting for a while (few weeks) with the parking brake on. The reason we weren't driving it is because we needed to get the brakes done. We attempted to move it today and it won't. Is there anything we can try before forking out any large amounts of cash??

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Make sure the parking brake pedal is in the released position and manually go to the rear brakes and pull on the cables themselves sometimes they will release this way. If you remove the rear wheels sometimes tapping around the drum with a ball peen hammer will cause the levers to release. Most of the time one of these two methods usually work. Also you can try spraying the cables with penetrating oil where the cables run through the drums.

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