Rear park brake cable removal issues

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tomsmy
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Rear park brake cable removal issues

Post by tomsmy » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:55 am

Hey Guys!

So I am trying to remove my entire rear axle so that I can change the shocks/springs, bushings, and paint everything.

I have managed to loosen all bolts and am ready to drop the axle, but I am stumped as to how to unhook the parking brake lines to the drums

I tried searching threads, my service and Haynes manuals but no luck. So I feel really dumb, but from the attached pictures.....what am i missing to disconnect the park brake?

Everything seems really solid, am I just being led to confusion by corrosion?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Tom
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TOOL
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Re: Rear park brake cable removal issues

Post by TOOL » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:18 am

There's not many on here with drum brakes.

On the RX2, they pull through from the back. I suspect yours are corroded and stuck in place.
Or, there's a locking mechanism in that slot in pic two. Try poking a screwdriver in there then trying to pull it out.
Back in sunny France

tomsmy
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Re: Rear park brake cable removal issues

Post by tomsmy » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:58 pm

WooHoo!!! 0-0 I got them off!

So the narrow "ring" you see where the crimped cable sleeve goes into the back of the drum - the slot used to contain a clip that held the cable in place.

Mine was missing but is was all still held tight by rust. After a lot of PB Blaster/Deep Creep soaking and several very hard smacks with a drift and hammer it let go.

Basically the "lip" on the narrow ring is used to push the cable out and away from the drum.

I lost my camera but will try to add some photos when I get chance.

Tom

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Re: Rear park brake cable removal issues

Post by KiwiDave » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:32 pm

Hammer for the win th:
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Re: Rear park brake cable removal issues

Post by tomsmy » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:21 pm

Yes, I was nervous about using the hammer but after I found a picture of the assembly I understood how it had to come out.

Just and an FYI, i managed to get a full set of new hand brake cables and all new hardware (springs, retaining clips etc etc) for the rear drums from RockAuto. It's amazing the parts they still supply for our cars!

Thanks again,

Tom

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Re: Rear park brake cable removal issues

Post by Hobbawobba » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:41 pm

Jeremy Clarkson would be pleased! :lol: Good to hear you got it sorted aye :). Rockauto is brilliant!

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