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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-26-2011
trashpickinman
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When you pull the brake handle, does just one of the wheels lock up or neither? If only one locks up, then that means the other cable is broken. If neither of them lock up, then its probably the equalizer cable coming directly off the handle. A visual inspection of the equalizer cable would probably show it snapped, if thats the case. The individual cables are easy to replace.

Remove the center console, screws under the shift boot and armrest lid. The service manual says to pull the equalizer cable from underneath the car while inserting a pin into a hole in the side of the pulley. Though if you're careful, some people can rotate it with a pair of locking pliers. Its up to you and your level of ability though. This relieves the tension on the cables. The cables to each wheel are routed under and through parts of the body and the ends just come loose, though there should be locking tab on a bracket under the body near the equalizer. The equalizer cable is a bit trickier, but nothing too hard.

If it is one of the cables to the individual wheels, with the tension released, check the free motion of the cable on the other side of the vehicle. The cable inside should freely move, if not you might as well replace it while you're under there.

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