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Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Madison, WI
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Well, the intermediate cable isn't in a housing, but all the others are equally prone to seizing. This is why it's a good idea to use the parking brake frequently. It's one of those "use it or lose it" systems; it's when you don't exercise it that its components tend to fail. Hard thing for automatic owners sometimes to get in the practice of doing.
Yeah, if there's any slack when the pedal is up, then one or the other parking brakes is probably being activated. Did you ever pull the passenger side drum?
You can probably tell if one or both of the rear cables is sticking, by having an assistant operate the brake, pressing and releasing it, while you observe at the point where the two come together. You might see one cable move and not the other, and the little plate/bracket that joins the cables will take on an odd angle.
'Course, if you're going to be doing the hardware on both sides, you might just want to replace both rear cables, just for good measure.