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Parking brake cable replacement problem

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by hang3xc, July 22, 2011.

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    1. hang3xc

      hang3xc New Member

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      Hi
      Both parking brake cable on my 98 Explorer were frozen. I replaced the drivers cable in a couple minutes. Real simple job. However, on the passenger side cable I have had 2 cables brake while trying to install it.

      The cable itself did not break, but rather the 3 little "tangs" that stick up & hold the cable end in the hole on the mounting bracket at the wheel end.

      On the drivers side I simply squeezed the tangs in so they would go through the hole on the mounting bracket, the I bent them back out a little bit afterward.

      On the passenger side, I tried the same thing because it worked so well and was so easy, but instead of bending in a bit, the tangs just snapped right off!

      So I took the cable back, got another one, and this time I just tried to push the cable end through the hole in the mounting bracket. The tangs snapped off so easily I couldn't believe it.

      They didn't have any more in stock, so I had to wait till this morning to get ANOTHER cable (#3 on this side)

      I DON'T want to break this one, but how else can I do it ??? The cable end HAS to go through the hole and the tangs HAVE to be there to hold it IN the hole.

      Can anyone advise me on a way to do this without breaking the tangs off?

      Thanks for any help. Maybe I'm doing it totally wrong, but it seems like the only way AND it worked perfectly on the drivers side with the other cable

      Ron

      PS I made a picture of it but don't know how to post it. The image icon asks for an url not a location on my pc
       
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    3. hang3xc

      hang3xc New Member

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      Well, to answer my own question, in case anyone in the future has this problem, I ended up removing the clip, slowly spreading it open little by little then working it off. I carefully slid it back on after sliding it through the bracket. Definitely shouldn't have to do it like that, but after having the tangs break right off 2 cables in a row I had to try something different
       

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