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My parking brake pedal doesn’t return to the stop when released.  What brings it home?  Is it the rear brake cable springs or is my brake brake assembly missing a return spring….?

thanks for your advice in advance 

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Do you have a service manual? It shows how to adjust the e-brake. I know someone on here will assist you on the proper method to adjust the e-brake . I'm just wondering if the cable is dry?

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I know this from mine, the cable coming from the pedal out the firewall, it was locked up from I believe never being used. I also think that there was old grease on it too. Had to drop it out service it when the body was off the frame. 

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On 1/23/2024 at 11:35 AM, 420ponies said:

Do you have a service manual? It shows how to adjust the e-brake. I know someone on here will assist you on the proper method to adjust the e-brake . I'm just wondering if the cable is dry?

Thanks for the reply, the cable moves, I he not tried to lube the single cable but will when I get my car out of paint lock-up, lol.  I have the two rear cables and when it gets a little warmer, snowing here right now, and feel up to laying on my back to replace them, I’ll get’er done.

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Thank you for this question! As part of my restoration I am currently sanding mine down to repaint and noticed that it doesn't have a return spring on the unit itself. I was getting ready to order a new one but wanted to check the forum first. You guys just saved me $100. 😅   

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9 hours ago, 1Bad454 said:

Thank you for this question! As part of my restoration I am currently sanding mine down to repaint and noticed that it doesn't have a return spring on the unit itself. I was getting ready to order a new one but wanted to check the forum first. You guys just saved me $100. 😅   

Well we do like to save people money sometimes but more than not we like to help spend other people's money too 😅

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When I replaced the heater core on my 71 (No A/C) Monte, it turned into a real snowball. Since I had the carpet and dash all out I also blasten and painted the parking brake mechanism. Here is a picture.. before and after. I can't find the painted picture of it.....

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If we are talking about the same thing, it's the switch that will turn on the parking brake "warning light" on the dash.

I forgot to plug it back in one time and I drove the car 5 + miles with the parking brakes ON!!

My Monte Carlo, is a 1971. I don't know if that matters.

Not sure but the return spring (that releases the tension on the rear brakes) is part of the parking brake cables (I THINK)

The {GROUND} screw I have an arrow pointing to, is the ground wire attachment point for the dashboard harness.

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