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09-27-04, 06:23 PM   #1  
Stuck parking brake

1996 Dodge Caravan - parking brake is on, but the release cable broke!! Opened up the lower dash and found the release handle is unattached and the cable is severed. How do I release the parking brake without the release handle? Can it be done on my own? I can't find the rest of the cable.

Can anyone help?

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09-29-04, 07:25 AM   #2  
when you say broke do you meen only the cable or any part of the lever?
if the cable only then it is prob easier to replace the cables than to release them just remove them one at a time until you find one that moves freely if worste case happens and they ar frozen all the way to the rear then they can be tricky plan on a lot of penetrant and if need be cuting the cable right at the back of the drum after that just tapping on the drum should help release the last few inches

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09-29-04, 10:23 AM   #3  
Normally the cable pulls the brakes out to hold the car. When the cable broke, the springs in the brakes should have released the wheels. You can replace the cable at your convienence. The fact that the release lever is still up should not effect drivability.

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09-29-04, 06:58 PM   #4  
if I understand your question correctly, look up under the dash by the parking brake pedal assembly and you should see a small forked tab on the side of it. use a screwdriver or pliers to bush the tab towards the driver seat and the pedal should pop up( watch your fingers)

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