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Replacing rear brake shoes on a 1992 Ford F-150 2 wheel Drive Pickup. The shoes on the passenger side will not align properly because the emergency brake cable will not release. I, of course, made certain the brake pedal was released. That wasn't it. I then took the cable loose from the yoke under the drivers side door.It still didn't release. I pullon the cable from the yoke locationand it will not budge. The drivers side operates as it should. Any idea on how to get this cable to release.

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The easiest (and safest) fix is probably to cut the cable loose and replace it with a new one. If you are on a tight budget, you might be able to free it up by squirting penetrating oil into the ends of the cable. Let it soak a while, then try to work it loose. Replacement cables really aren't that expensive, and a new one could save you a lot of frustration. Good luck!!!

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