PLEASE HELP! Can't Release Tension From Parking Brake Cable

Discussion in 'Suspension and Brakes' started by chris86uk, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. chris86uk

    chris86uk Member

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    Hi everyone.

    Been stuck for days trying to re-attach my parking brake cable after my rear end swap.

    I'm about 1cm short of being able to clip the ends of the cable into the rear calipers, but it physically will not stretch any more and the lever on the caliper won't pivot either. I've read that you need to lock the parking brake mechanism to relive the tension in the cables but I can't figure out where the locking pin is supposed to go?

    I have a hole in the parking brake hand lever itself but there's no corresponding hole in the toothed gear? Also the hole in the lever is too low for me to wedge a pin through it and lock against the actual teeth on the gear. I don't understand.

    Any help would be massively appreciated. It's driving me nuts.

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    slow90coupe Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried vice grips on the end of the cable? That always works for me to help give enough leverage to pull it around the caliper.
     
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    Yeah, i'm using vice grips but it's absolutely solid. I'm reusing my old brake pads so I haven't wound the pistons back...is that why the cable lever on the caliper won't budge?

    Tried that link thanks, but it's not for stock rear brakes.