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How do you check to see why your emergency brake is not working

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Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome to the sight. More then likely, the cable is broken. You have a cable that activates your emergency brake. The cable will run under the car. If you have any questions, just let me know. Thanks for using FixYa.

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