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(1990 Nissan Pickup (D21))
in Middletown, PA on November 19, 2009
I have a 1990 nissan hardbody pickup (D21) that the parking brake cable? has either broken or disengaged from the parking brake handle. Is this an easy fix?
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on June 21, 2010
it depends what parking brake handle you have, if it is in between the seats it is an easy fix
on March 29, 2010
Not only do you need to get under the vehicle, you have to pull up the carpeting and such under the pedals. The cable goes straight down the firewall and through the floor rather than through the firewall into the engine compartment. One tip, you don't have to take out the handle to get the cable out of it. You just need to get the cable at the right angle and it pops out of the handle.
on November 19, 2009
Easy fix no, you need to get under the car and you need some tools to make the job easier on you.
on May 20, 2010
I have a 92 Nissan KC. At present i'm replacing the xmissin so the xmission and xfer is out. in the past my PB wouldn't work correctly. It seemed that one of my cables was stretched so I replaced the entire cabling from the adjustment under the cab all the way back to both wheels. This still didn't fix my PB. Is this similar to what you are experienceing? Now that I am able to get at everything I am taking the task of find what the problem is. write me at if what I find is of any value. Put in the subject Parking Brake so I know not to delet you... David
on February 27, 2011
I had this same issue. I was told by the local shop I needed rear brakes. This didn't do it. I pulled off the rear wheel and brake cover and found that the cable attaches to a round circular metal hinge (don't know what to call it) and a piece broke off so the cable was not really engaging to the mechanism. I put a zip tie around the cable to keep it in place on the circular hinge thingy, and that fixed the issue.
on September 08, 2010
It depends on the circumstances. For instance, I had the exact same thing happen to me and after some investigation I noticed the cable didn't break, it just came out from the branke handle. If the cable is in tact and the end of the cable has a silver ball on it, you are in luck. Right where it goes through the floor is where it might be sitting. If this is the case, loossen the cable from underneath the truck (adjustment is between cab and rear brak area (easy to get to) and grab the ball. Pull the brake handle up and you'll see a large slot at the top. That is where you drop the "ball" in. Push the brake handle back in to its normal driving position and drop the ball in the hole at the top of the handle. TIghten the cable adjustment under the truck and you're good to go.
on September 26, 2010
I found the hole with the handle pulled all the way out toward the driver and on the left hand side
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