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Old November 6th, 2013, 20:38
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Drum Brake Question - Parking Brake Cable Removal From Parking Brake Lever?

I am replacing the rear drums and shoes of my 2000 XJ for the first time. I have one side disassembled and am getting ready to put this puzzle back together. When I disassembled I noticed the parking brake cable is fairly well attached to the parking brake lever (lever inside the drum assembly, not inside the vehicle). Is it necessary to remove the lever from the cable? I tried to separate the lever from the cable but it seems to be on there pretty tight so I stopped to avoid breaking something.
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Old November 7th, 2013, 07:50
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Re: Drum Brake Question - Parking Brake Cable Removal From Parking Brake Lever?

I would disconnect it so that I could clean and lube all the moving parts of the brakes. It should not be a problem.
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Old November 7th, 2013, 10:29
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Re: Drum Brake Question - Parking Brake Cable Removal From Parking Brake Lever?

little trick a buddy taught me....use a pair of needle-nose vise grips. Get the tips under the spring and push it back, then lock them on the cable. Then you can slip the barrel-end out of the notch in the lever.

I hate drum brakes....

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Old November 7th, 2013, 20:35
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Re: Drum Brake Question - Parking Brake Cable Removal From Parking Brake Lever?

U can still clean it up with it there. Even w needle pliers is pita to put back in.
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Old November 7th, 2013, 21:59
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Re: Drum Brake Question - Parking Brake Cable Removal From Parking Brake Lever?

Two pairs of dikes make easy work of it but you can get everything cleaned up without removing it.
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