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How to Replace the Front Parking Brake Cable of a Toyota Pickup

by Jay
March 24th, 2012


Description:
When a parking brake line breaks, it is usually when you go to apply the parking brake, you hear a snap, and suddenly there is no tension at all when pulling the parking brake handle. This article describes how to change the front parking brake cable of a Toyota pickup truck.
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Difficulty Level: Medium
Approximate Working Time: 1.5 hours90 minutes
Important Note: If the truck is a manual, make sure the transmission stays in first gear while parking until this is fixed.
Before you begin: Most Toyota pickups have multiple parking brake lines. Check it was the front parking brake line which had broken prior to following these instructions.
This instruction set applies to: Toyota Tacomas


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Step 1: Locate the parking brake handle assembly in the cab of the truck. It is located just behind the parking brake handle near the drivers side floor board near the accelerator pedal.



Step 2: Unscrew the bolt for the cable assembly bracket using a socket wrench.



Step 3: There is another bolt for this bracket, but it is only accessible from the engine bay.



Step 4: Remove the nut for the brake cable bracket from the engine bay. A combination wrench works well for this purpose.



Step 5: Remove the lower dash panel beneath the steering wheel by removing the screws. Four of the screws may be removed using a socket wrench. One of the screws requires a Phillips screwdriver.



Step 6: There are two screws which retain the parking brake handle assembly which must be removed. A combination wrench works well for this purpose. One of the screws is behind a dash panel, but it should be able to be reached without too much trouble.



Step 7: Remove the parking brake sensor wire by pulling back the tab and gently disconnecting the wire.



Step 8: Disconnect the brake cable from the from the bracket by removing the brake cable U-clip. This may be done with pliers.



Step 9: The parking brake handle assembly may now be completely removed from the vehicle (provided the brake cable is broken, that is). To attach the new brake cable to the assembly, first remove the pulley from the assembly by removing the R-clip. This may be done with pliers.



Step 10: Remove the parking brake handle sensor from the assembly. This may be done with a combination wrench.



Step 11: Depress the forward catch lever to allow the brake handle to be pushed all the way in to the assembly (otherwise the tooth on the brake handle will catch on the lever).



Step 12: Push the brake handle all the way into the assembly to allow access to the brake cable attachment.



Step 13: Now the brake cable attachment is accessible. Remove the broken cable head from the assembly.



Step 14: Thread the new cable through the top hole of the bracket before attaching (this is important).



Step 15: Attach the end of the new brake cable to the parking brake handle assembly.



Step 16: Reattach the cable pulley and rod and reattach the R-clip.



Step 17: Reattach the parking brake handle sensor to the assembly. This may be done with a combination wrench.



Step 18: The brake handle is now ready to be reattached to the vehicle. Place the parking brake handle assembly back into its original position, making sure all the holes line up. A combination wrench may be used to reattach the front screws. The screw behind the dash panel is a little challenging to reach, but can be done.



Step 19: Reattach the brake cable U-clip to the brake cable bracket. This may be done with a pair of pliers.



Step 20: Reattach the parking brake sensor wire.



Step 21: Screw in the interior bolt for the cable assembly bracket.



Step 22: Screw in the nut for the bracket in the engine bay.



Step 23: In order to access the cable mounts underneath the truck, it may be necessary to lift the front of the vehicle on to jack stands. This may not be necessary if the truck has a high enough clearance. Unscrew the two parking brake cable hangers from underneath the vehicle using either a combination wrench or a deep socket wrench. Set the cable hangers aside.



Step 24: Remove the U-clip from the brake cable from underneath the vehicle. This can be done with a pair of pliers. Set aside the U-clip.



Step 25: Remove the R-clip from the brake cable end connection. This may be done with a pair of pliers. Set aside the R-clip.



Step 26: The old brake cable may now be removed from the vehicle. The easiest way to do this is to pull the old cable up through the floor of the cab.



Step 27: Insert the new cable down through the floor of the cab.



Step 28: Push the rubber grommet into the hole to create a seal.



Step 29: Under the vehicle, reattach the two cable hangers using a combination wrench or deep socket wrench.



Step 30: Reattach the U-clip to the brake cable.



Step 31: Reattach the R-clip to the brake cable end connection.



Step 32: The new brake cable is now fully installed. Test the new brake cable for proper tension and recoil.



Step 33: Take corrective action. This particular parking brake cable broke because the cable had not been properly recoiling after release of the parking brake, causing the cable to bunch together and fray near the brake handle. The culprit here was the brake cable tensioner spring, which was rusted and not keeping tension on the cable very well. After a bit of lubricating with Silicone Spray, the cable tensioner spring worked much better and the brake cable recoiled very nicely.




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