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parking brake stuck on

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by cameron2171, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. cameron2171

    cameron2171 Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    my parking brake got stuck on, i dont know how to get it unstuck on my 97 chevy 2500
     
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Sometimes you can get under the truck and pull downwards on the cable a few times and it will break free. If that doesn't work, you'll probably have to cut on of the cables. Hopefully it's the cab cable and they will release. But if you cut the cab cable, and it's one (or both) of the drum cables, you will have to replace the cab cable too. I don't remember if there is an intermediate cable or not, I'll go look in a few minutes.
     
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Just looked at mine. There is no intermediate cable. But you can cut the "coupling" between the front/cab cable and the left rear cable. Napa stocks those couplings, just a couple of bucks.

    But let me back up. When you pull the release, do the pedal come back up?
     
  4. cameron2171

    cameron2171 Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    yep thats what i did, we just pulled the cable and i think it worked cus its not smoking and vibrating any more and we just unhooked the cable from the pedal so i dont use it and have it get stuck again, thanks alot though
     
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Glad you got it. You don't have to have it for inspection? I use mine all the time. Keeps it from getting frozen up.
     
  6. cameron2171

    cameron2171 Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    maybe i do need it for inspection but oh well if i do ill just hook it back up
     
  7. GSORK

    GSORK Senior Member
    Messages: 128

    You might want to start lubricating the cables

    Copied from another post somewhere.
    They tested WD-40, PB Blaster, Liquid Wrench, Kano Kroil, and a mixture of ATF and Acetone, soaking the parts for 12 hours.

    It required 516 pounds pressure to break an untreated units. WD-40 238 lbs, PB Blaster 214 lbs, Liquid Wrench 127 lbs, Kano Kroil 106 lbs and the ATF/Acetone mix 53 lbs. The ATF/Acetone was mixed one part ATF to one part Acetone. I thought it a rather interesting bit of information for those of us who are always attempting to separate rusted chunks of metal.
     
  8. cameron2171

    cameron2171 Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    haha yea thanks for the advice man