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1997 chevy sonoma rear parking brakes are locked. how do I unlock them?

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Chances are the cables are corroded and binding, you can try to wiggle the cables that go into the backing plates to loosen them [ this is a very common problem with older vehicles ], or if siezed bad enough - you may have to cut the cables off as close to the backing plates as possible to free them. Either way the cables will need to be replaced.

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