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Old 11-27-2015, 11:06 PM   #1
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Default E-brake sticking in cold weather

Does anyone know why my e-brake might be sticking as it gets colder? It's becoming quite inconvenient. I have a 2001 l200 with 172k miles on it.

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Old 11-28-2015, 08:35 AM   #2
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Default Re: E-brake sticking in cold weather

Water inside the cable sheath freezing and locking the cable in place.

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Old 11-28-2015, 09:28 AM   #3
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Default Re: E-brake sticking in cold weather

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Water inside the cable sheath freezing and locking the cable in place.
That and Rust will do that as well. And if you never used it there a good chance it no longer functions.

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Water inside the cable sheath freezing and locking the cable in place.
Do you know where I could find a diagram of how it's run underneath the car? Or how I could go about fixing the problem? I use it daily so it sucks to have to let my car warm up for fifteen minutes before it finally releases.

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Old 11-28-2015, 04:07 PM   #5
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Do you know where I could find a diagram of how it's run underneath the car? Or how I could go about fixing the problem? I use it daily so it sucks to have to let my car warm up for fifteen minutes before it finally releases.
Get a Haynes to see if it shows you how to check the Parking Cable.

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Old 11-28-2015, 08:29 PM   #6
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Default Re: E-brake sticking in cold weather

The cheap way is just don't apply it. If you have a 5 speed MT then put it in first gear when you park it. This condition will only get worse as it gets colder. You will likely have to replace the rear cables between the brakes and the equalizer. I did this a couple of years ago. Note - there are rubber boots on the cables that are supposed to prevent water from entering between the cable and the sheath. The rubber is likely rotted out and gone or shredded. You may be able to squirt some penetrating oil down there to displace the water, but this will only work temporarily. Grease would be better, but it is hard to get it any distance down the sheath.

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Rust locks the brakes all the time, not just when it's cold outside, as specified in the OP's question.


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