I replaced my Cable last week for this problem. It was only about $70 from Toyota. Mine was rust free as well.Resurrecting an old thread. My parking brake handle will not pull up, I have a feeling the previous owner just never used it. I've crawled under to look, and can pull the cable to each hub individually so those parts seem to be working. I sprayed the area/assembly where it T's off with some penetrating oil hoping it would come loose but no luck so far. It seems to be the cable itself or the T assembly (for lack of a better word).
The car was a southern car its entire life and there is no visible rust.
Yep, just under 2 hours cleaning filth from the previous owner under the center console.It should take about 1hr to replace the ebrake cable from the cab to the rear axle. You will then also need another half hour to do the full adjustment procedure.
Most of your time will involve removing the center console. There is also one cable mounting bracket that is located above the gas tank and will require a bit of dexterity as you have to do it by feel. You will get a pretty good understanding of the procedure required once you have the new cable assembly in your hand and spend a few minutes under the truck looking at the old one.