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Parking Brake Probems!

Ok, So I was driving home last night, going a bit faster than I shoulda been, and I hit a piece of dead tire on the road. My parking brake light came on and my parking brake didn't work. I went out and looked at it today and the cable is hanging loose. All the cable casings are attached and bolted to the frame like they should be, but where the cable is bare from the front to the back is slack. Also it kinda feels like my rear brakes aren't working like they should. Nothing is dragging, and there's no noises, but it just doesn't feel right. Any ideas on what might have happened to cause this? Thanks in advance!
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Pull On It To See If It Broke
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It ain't broke. If I pull on it, I can manually engage it from under the truck. If I put the pedle to the floor, it just takes all the slack out.
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look on the driver side on the outer side of the frame, did it rip the cable mount off the frame?
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No, everything is in place as it should be. Just no tension on the cable.

And by the way, it that pic your pass side cable isn't in the bracket as it should be.

I'm gonna prolly just have to jack it up and pull the rear brakes apart.
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that isn't my truck, its another member on here.

my parking brake doesn't work, the cables are all frozen.
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OK, so I pulled apart both rear brakes, and everything in side was good, cables hooked up right and such, so I went up front. I pulled ap[art the peddle assembly and such, and it was all good, hooked up right and such. So I chased down all the housings, and they all are secured properly and show no signs of damage. the cable ends all look good, theres no fraying common to stetched cables, yet I still have about 3" or so extra cable. I'm starting to think my truck got shorter......lol. I didn't see any way to adjust the cable, is there one and I just missed it, or am I just screwed? I need help here people. I've never seen anything like this!
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there is a way to adjust the tension of the cable on the foot unit, http://www.autozone.com/az/cds/en_us...rInfoPages.htm about 1/2 way down, i have a annoying rattle in my parking brake due to lack of tension i was directed to this and suggested that even tho the years dont match that the unit was basically the same. not tried it yet, been sick/lazy lately.
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It probably yanked the cable where it is connected to the pedal inside the truck. The switch that activates the light is also on that assembly with the pedal. So it stands to reason that if the light is on and the cable is loose, then the problem is at the pedal.
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Thanks, I'll check that out.
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It probably yanked the cable where it is connected to the pedal inside the truck. The switch that activates the light is also on that assembly with the pedal. So it stands to reason that if the light is on and the cable is loose, then the problem is at the pedal.
The light still goes off when you pull the pedal all the way up, but yeah, I think the problem is prolly up there. I'm gonna pull it apart and see if I can re-tension it.
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Thanks for all y'alls help! It was the pre-tensioner on the pedal assmebly. it had been pulled all the way past it's limit and was stuck. With a lil bit of persuasion from a big screw driver, it re engaged, and all is working properly now!
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