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Pulled the release this morn, and pow it just went loose. Little cable that was attached can be pulled, no resistance, no effect. Pedal is still down, brake alarm ding's while i drove it to work! Any way I can get mobile today? Is there another way to manually release the brake, till I have time to get it fixed?

 

TIA

G

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It's the cable from the release handle to the pedal mechanism....shredded. How to manually release the pedal? I'll keep running out to try stuff all day. Anyone had this happen to them?!

 

Thanks

G

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OK got it to release....theres a steel 'pull flange' in line with where the brake-pedal side of the cable attached to the pedal mechanism.....simply pulled up on it and took the pedal to the chin. Fine by me.

 

Called the dealer for a replacement cable......"you have to buy the whole pedal assembly....$169.00 " fack me....ill be drivin a damm dodge sooner or later....$200 for a broken cable....and it wasnt even rusted where it broke (unlike my window regulator cable that snapped too last year)

 

Thanks for the rant

G

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Humm, if it's just the cable, can't you replace it with some kind of alternative, like a brake caliper cable for the front brake of a bike or something like that? It won't be too long, that's for sure. I wonder how it attaches to both ends of the mechansium...

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freakyt: the handle-end of the cable has a steel cylinder (1/8" that the cable runs into perpendicular (just makes a 'T')...this just slides in/out no prob.

 

Other end goes through a grommet and down to the pull latch i found....havent looked closely enough yet at that end.

 

I will jimmy-up something to work, cuz i AM NOT shelling out that keiff to GM.

 

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freakyt: the handle-end of the cable has a steel cylinder (1/8" that the cable runs into perpendicular (just makes a 'T')...this just slides in/out no prob.

 

Other end goes through a grommet and down to the pull latch i found....havent looked closely enough yet at that end.

 

I will jimmy-up something to work, cuz i AM NOT shelling out that keiff to GM.

 

G

 

 

 

You might want to look into using a throttle or clutch cable off of a motorcycle. Some bike shops will make them whatever length that you want with the correct sized ends on them (steel cylinder). Or possibly a brake cable off of a BMX bike, they all are pretty cheap.

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freaky: good idea, there's a bunch of those shops close by my work here. Will check. Thanks for the idea.

 

Fatluke:"Keiff" is a word I use in a bull$hit/useless/wtf-was-whoever-thinkin sort of situation/description-of-events.

 

It just seems to be an universally(myself)-applied word that I'll use in above-described situations.....works kinda like the 'bad boys' "wuuuusaahhhhh" to keep a fine-line temper from flaring. Glad my brakes are awaiting replacement and the e-brake doesn't really grab 1/2 the time anyway, or the dealer coulda had a stinkin'-smokin beast on his front door step 1st thing.

 

That answer your Q? Now find me a deal on spark plugs around here!!! Those MSD wires are gonna rot just sitting!!

 

What gives, why would this just let go.....no sign of rust on the cable at all.....shredded like the window cable looked like but no corrosion here?

 

ohwell....

wuuuusaahhhhh.... :cheers:

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OK got it to release....theres a steel 'pull flange' in line with where the brake-pedal side of the cable attached to the pedal mechanism.....simply pulled up on it and took the pedal to the chin. Fine by me.

 

Called the dealer for a replacement cable......"you have to buy the whole pedal assembly....$169.00 " fack me....ill be drivin a damm dodge sooner or later....$200 for a broken cable....and it wasnt even rusted where it broke (unlike my window regulator cable that snapped too last year)

 

Thanks for the rant

G

 

 

 

 

Buying a Dodge or Ford wont help because the same company makes them for all the MFR's.

Try GM parts Direct

http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/

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