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how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 7:04 PM
having troubles removing my ebrake cables from my rear trailing arm axel...

gm service manual calls for me to 'bend tab up' where the cable end is connected to the crimped deal but i cant for the life of me get the cable to break loose even with that tab bent up and out of the way.

and you cannot just simply pull it out of the bracket, only one end goes through after you squeeze it to fit but if you dont have the cable separated it doesnt matter.

is there a trick here or do i need to go get the @!#$ bolt cutters?



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Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:09 PM
It's an absolute pita, it took two people to do it on my buddies car. If you don't care about the cables then just cut em, that'll help a bit.
Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Thursday, August 20, 2009 8:40 AM
LoudCav wrote:

It's an absolute pita, it took two people to do it on my buddies car. If you don't care about the cables then just cut em, that'll help a bit.
That's exactly what I did and I'm glad I wasn't the only one that had to follow that way of removing the ebrake cable.
Now I'm having to buy new ebrake cables but why not. Everything else on the car is new so it'll be fitting to have a new ebrake cable assembly on the car.
Good luck with it Brad and if you find a way to remove the cables without too much hardship, post it up.


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Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Saturday, August 22, 2009 9:40 AM
nobody has any ideas?

there has got to be a way to get it apart without cutting everything up...



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Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Friday, October 19, 2012 3:50 PM
BUMP

Does anyone have any ideas?




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Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Friday, October 19, 2012 4:52 PM
cut the piece that connects the two cables carefully with a dremmel tool ( use the large cut off wheels made for metal) just be sure to locate a new interconnect before you start. thats how I did it, when you put it back together use some anti-seize on it. don't know if it will keep them from seizing again but it couldn't hurt.



Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Friday, October 19, 2012 4:58 PM
Pull on the E brake and then crawl under the car with two vice grips and something to cushion the teeth of the vice grip.
Put one vice grip on each cable where it is exposed coming out of the wheel to keep them from retracting.
Let the E brake handle down all the way.
You may need to use PB Blaster or Liquid Wrench type solvent on the cable link tie.
Gently bend the stops out of the way so the cables can be slid inwards to disengage them from the link.

dennis
Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Friday, October 19, 2012 5:38 PM
mine was rusted together, so it was my last ditch effort for me so I didn't have to ruin the cable ends.



Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Friday, October 19, 2012 5:45 PM
if you're trying to pull the torsion beam from the car brad, just remove the cables at the wheels.

then disconnect the cable from the e-brake handle, and basically drop the beam WITH the cables still attached.

that's how I did it.






Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Friday, October 19, 2012 7:21 PM
LOL WOW! now thats how you use the search haha

we just messed with it and messed with it til it finally came apart but g'damn it was a whore. i didnt cut anything though!!!



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Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Friday, October 19, 2012 8:45 PM
Thanks guys! I'll give it a shot.





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Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:25 PM
buy the special tool?



Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:38 PM
There's a special tool? I thought there might be, but I couldn't figure out the name of the piece and I couldn't find a tool called ebrakebitchpiece remover.





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Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:43 PM
E-Brake bitch piece remover.






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Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:22 PM
i do believe that i used one similar to this...

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unless im not thinking correctly of what you are trying to do.



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Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:15 AM
i dont know if that would work or not but my problem was the clips holding the ends together. they are crimped down so tight that you have you mess with them to open em up. thats the part that i remember sucking big time.



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Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7:00 AM
I just did this over the weekend. I used a small punch to get on the end of the cable and used a hammer to hit the cable out of the connector. Then to get the whole cable off the I used a flat tip screw driver to push the three tabs there to holes on the axle.
Re: how the @!#$ do you get the e-brake cables off the rear axel?
Monday, November 19, 2012 4:33 AM
I pulled mine last week when i did the traiking arm bushings. I bent the tab slightly and pushed the end forward, popped right out. There is also nearly zero rust on my car so i imagine that helps a little.


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