Troubleshooting Tips for Toyota Pickup Parking Brake Cable's Common Problems
Keeping your Toyota Pickup in stationary position whenever you wish becomes possible with a functional parking brake cable. It is the cable that is directly connected to the brake mechanism and to the foot pedal located at the driver's position. But due to frequent use of your parking brake, the cable would eventually loosen or wear out. Here's how you can check your Toyota Pickup brake cable for signs of premature wear and what you can do to rescue it:
Stuck parking brake
Having a stuck parking brake could cause you a lot of trouble since you won't be able to use it if you are going to park your car. This is usually caused by a bad parking brake cable that either became too loose or too tight. However, when you experience something like this, there are several ways on how you can release the parking brake. You can apply and release the brake several times and wait until it gives in, or you can flex the cable housing with your hand. If it still won't work, the only way out is to replace the brake cable and the return spring.
Rust is often a culprit behind auto parts problems due to the material that they are made of. So if you experience having one of your wheels is locked, then you need to check the cable for rust or damage. You can do this when you are servicing your car. Check the parking brake cable and the equalizer linkage for any signs of corrosion. When rust gets into the cable sheath, it could affect the releasing or actuating of the cable. It could also cause the cable to freeze, which could cause one of the Pickup's wheels to lock.
To keep your Pickup's parking brake cable and all the other cables of your Pickup from wearing out, regular lubrication is a must. For your parking brake cable, make it a habit to lubricate it with brake grease as needed. You can also oil the pivot point on the equalizer as well. You need to also replace any worn-out cable to ensure that the parking brake will function properly.