Frozen brake cable

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Old 24 Jan 2011, 11:31 am   #1 (permalink)
Jimmy
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Default Frozen brake cable

It's really cold today, in the single digits. This morning when I
started my '97 Camry, the brake light stayed on when I released the
parking brake. It felt like the cable didn't release after the last
click. It was fine last night.

I called my mechanic, and he suggested driving forwards and backwards
a little, and pulling gently on the brake cables (which are under the
car just in front of each rear wheel). It didn't help.

Is there anything else I can try? What about using a hair dryer to
thaw the cable? Are there specific places where the cable or other
parts usually freeze?

I didn't think of it at the time, but it could be a different problem
with the brake system. I'll check the reservoir fluid level. Is there
anything else?

For next time I know not to set the parking brake on level ground in
the winter.

Jimmy
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Old 25 Jan 2011, 02:44 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Frozen brake cable

On Jan 24, 12:31*pm, Jimmy <JimmyGeldb...@mailinator.com> wrote:
> It's really cold today, in the single digits. *This morning when I
> started my '97 Camry, the brake light stayed on when I released the
> parking brake. *It felt like the cable didn't release after the last
> click. *It was fine last night.
>
> I called my mechanic, and he suggested driving forwards and backwards
> a little, and pulling gently on the brake cables (which are under the
> car just in front of each rear wheel). *It didn't help.
>
> Is there anything else I can try? *What about using a hair dryer to
> thaw the cable? *Are there specific places where the cable or other
> parts usually freeze?
>
> I didn't think of it at the time, but it could be a different problem
> with the brake system. *I'll check the reservoir fluid level. Is there
> anything else?
>
> For next time I know not to set the parking brake on level ground in
> the winter.
>
> Jimmy


I learned many years ago not to use the "emergency " brake in the
winter and consequently now I dont even use it in the warm weather ,
relying on the "park" position of the transmission to hold the
vehicle
Ed
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