stuck parking brake lever (1 Viewer)

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Hey all, I have a 99 LC. My parking brake lever is stuck in the down position. I won't budge. The cables to the brakes under the truck do not seem to be locked up. Any idea on what might be the hang up? Thanks Phil
 

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If you're anywhere with salt or corrosion, the e-brake system is very susceptible. Esp. the cranks for the shoes, you get a dissimilar metals reaction there and things freeze up. Check the cable at the axle and then where it splits to each side.
 
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I had the same thing, but in hi position, one day, somewhere in Utah, with temperature around 0°C.
I had to remove the pin behind the wheel (end of the main wire, right side)to be able to drive.
since this day, I never use this brake again.
 
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Alright, I pulled the center console out of the LC today. What a PITA. The parking brake lever was good as new. The cable from the lever to the t on the back axle would not budge. Each of the parking brake levers on the back hubs moved, although, not a lot. Is is possible that the main cable bound up, it sure looks that way. What is needed to fix it? Do I need to replace the cable that runs from the lever to the t at the back axle? There are no parking brakes on the front hubs, correct? the reason I ask is a reference to front wheel parking brakes in the factory repair manual. Thanks Phil
 
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I pulled the old cable and ordered a new one from toyotapartsonline, online price $54, over the counter price $90, go figure, they are both located at Mossy Toyota in Pacific Beach. Change out took about 2 hours with lots of detail work while the center console was out. Pretty straight forward, one bolt between the gas tank and the body was a little tight. Works like a champ. Dealer wanted $500 to do the job. Something tells me that they will get it from me soon, I think that I am hearing the water pump death growl...... 174k miles on the 99 Cruiser and still runs like a top (just changed out one O2 sensor $114). What a great truck! Still looks and runs like new. if my Land Rover were only so reliable. All the best Phil
 

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Ugh, I fought this problem on many cars, bought one 80 with disabled hand-brake because of this. I never touch the parking brake, stopped using it on my manual-shift cars. I'll carry wheel chocks before I'll use the parking brake, it's an emergency brake in my cars.
 

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I discovered the same problem with mine after trying to fix my loose handbrake lever. Basically once pulled the cable doesn't want to retract correctly. I tried soaking everything in pb blast, but made very little progress, I can move it maually, but not sure it will every move on it's own. Will chock the wheel also if I really have to.
 

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