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Stuck parking brake

I tried to release my parking brake today, but it got stuck at the top and the bottom won't come out. I removed the center console, but I can't find anything that will release it. Should I try loosening the nut at the base of the springs - it looks like a tension nut, but I'm worried I'll loosen too much. I'm pretty sure it's just a problem with the lever itself, but I'd be interested in hearing if it's something else. I've tried revving the car forward and backward and can't get enough play in the lever to release it. Any ideas? Thanks...

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  • dtrainwaco Jun 12, 2008

    Thanks... I had tried earlier to loosen the adjuster bolt and tried again after your response. Sure enough, I was able to again depress the button and release the brake. Unfortunately, the button doesn't come out as far as it used to anymore - even after I re-tightened the adjuster nut - but that's something I can live with for now. Thanks again...

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You could try backing off the adjuster nut for the cable itself, and that may give you enough "slack" to be able to pull the lever up and push the button to release it.

I wouldn't take any other bolts out - as that thing is under quite a lot of tension right now and if that thing comes loose, it will do damage to you or take out a windshield!

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