Sticking rear calipers and parking brake

Tony Hoffman auditony at
Sun May 31 08:00:45 PDT 2009

And, on that note, here's a suggestion when replacing the parking
brake cables. Hold one end up and squirt oil or ATF into the cable,
sliding it up and down. Do this till there is evidence of the fluid in
the sliding part of the bottom. Basically, lubing hte cable inside
where it slides. You can do this for any cable of this sort (done it
for years on bikes) and it not only provides the lubrication but also
blocks moisture/salt from getting in there.


On Sat, May 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM, Dave Defferding
<MstrBlastr at> wrote:
> I agree with Bernie, check the cable operation.  I replaced both of mine as
> over time, they wear thru at the 90 deg bends near center of body/rear axle
> and get rusty/stick.  For some time I carried a hammer with me and a pad,
> and knelt down, tapped the return post on the parking brake cam, each time
> the brake was set.  This was especially problematic in the winter.  New
> cables solved the problem.  The return spring on the P-brake is not strong,
> so all parts have to be in good working order for the p-brake to release
> properly.  With the brake cable removed from the P-brake cam, you can turn
> it
> with a vise grip/pliers and test operation of that/lube at same time.

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