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Old 04-07-2009, 11:49 PM   #1
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Need Help!! Center Console and Parking brake issue...

Ok this is the deal. My parking brake was acting funny over the last week or so. It had no tension to it. You had to pull it all the way up for it to engage the rear brakes. So I figured I'd remove the center console and see if there was something that needed to be tightened. I removed the center console no problem and didnt have to remove the stereo at all. The console came out fine because I had the pull the park brake up the highest point to pull the console over the parking brake. This part was easy since there was no tension really.

Once the console was removed I was playing with the parking brake mechanism to see if anything was loose and i heard a click from the parking brake. Once that click happened the parking brake got MUCH harder to pull up. It now engaged the rear brakes at the first click (which i believe is normal but its just been so long since its been that tight)

Well now when I try to put the console in I cant pull the parking brake up very far. Now I can only pull it about halfway of where it was.

So my question is; does anyone know how to fix this problem? Is there a way to loosen the parking brake cable temporarily and then re tighten once I have the console installed?

Thanks in advance! Currently my car has no center console in it

BTW the car is a 2000 GT
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Re: Need Help!! Center Console and Parking brake issue...

I think you will have to take out the radio, perhaps a seat too and (here's my jewish word for the day) fanagle(sp?) it in. You will probably have to rotate it around the parking brake, i.e. get the center console on top, move it around until you can get it near the opening and through and just keep moving it back and forth or whatever you'll have to do until it clears everything.
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Re: Need Help!! Center Console and Parking brake issue...

Ok I figured it out. There is a release lever on the parking brake that will allow you to pull the parking brake to the most upright position. Once you pull on that lever you are all set! Hopefully this helps someone else in the future
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Re: Need Help!! Center Console and Parking brake issue...

it should go back on, you can take out a seat for more room if you need to, only 4 bolts. How high does it pull up, it should pull up to a 45 degree angle at least
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Have you guys taken out the center console before? Well, I have tried and I was about to rip it out instead of gently take it out nicely by force. Its' the Italian way; if it doesn't come out gently rip its' heart out and give it a new one. I know it is mean as hell but, we get angry and control is what we need I know fellows I have learned this. Anyway let me know how this ideal project turns out.
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Have you guys taken out the center console before? Well, I have tried and I was about to rip it out instead of gently take it out nicely by force. Its' the Italian way; if it doesn't come out gently rip its' heart out and give it a new one. I know it is mean as hell but, we get angry and control is what we need I know fellows I have learned this. Anyway let me know how this ideal project turns out.
If all you need is to pull the Ebrake up some more then pull the ebrake cable loose from the rear calipers (very simple)
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