FJ60 parking brake stuck

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So my FJ60's parking brake is stuck. The lever going into the back of the drum is stuck in the braking position. Can't get it to move and can't get the drum off. I don't know if the drum is bound up by the pads or some other reason. Anyone have some suggestions on how to get it unstuck or the drum off?
 
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i had the same thing happen...the bracket on the outside of the drum that pulls the brake on was stuck out so the brake stayed on..i wacked it with a wrench and add some wd40 and it works perfect now.... good luck
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Keep banging away and when you get it unstuck, open up the rear brakes and take out the bell crank. You'll find a stainless sleeve in there with rust build up between the housing and the sleeve. Toss the sleeve, grease it up good and put it together.
It's a common '60 problem.
 
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hmmm sledge hammer.....
yeah cruisers dont roll so well with a stuck e-brake....sorry man im out of ideas just try hitting with somthing bigger...how hard did ya pull it up? try chillin on the right arm excersizes jk
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I had this problem off and on, and then finally permanently on. WD40 unstuck mine. I had to spray a whole lot into the rubber boot (work the straw in there and let 'er rip) and wait a while, then work the hand lever a bit, it finally came undone. Now I spray some in there every six months or so just to keep it working.
 
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I've sort of got the same issue - there's a Y junction in the cable with a boot (behind the rear-end, you can't miss it.) - if the boot gets torn, as mine is, crap gets in there and seizes the cable - sort of forces the brakes to stay locked in place. You can check that...spraying brake cleaner into the cable, that'll loosen it up, then just patch the boot.

I need to do that, but we just had a baby, and the 60 is LOW on the list of things to do...good thing it just keeps going.
 

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I had this problem every other week when I lived in Missouri were it is wet and they use salt in the winter. I ended up removing the whole piece from the brake backing, removed the lever arm and filed a larger opening for the lever to swing through. Then just frequent lube and I solves my problem.
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Another excellent application for anti-seize. The aluminum pivot block does nothing to help matters here, creating a wonderful environment for dissimilar metal corrosion.

Good luck!

-Steve
 
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Well both sides' levers were froze up in the cast aluminum brackets. After some heating and serious pounding I was able to convince the pivot pins to come out. I then POUNDED the levers out of the castings. I was going to grind the levers down thinner but noticed that inside the casting was pressed a thin steel bushing. Used a chissel and removed the steel inserts. Reassembled and works great. Without the steel insert I can't see that this will bind up again.
 

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