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Old 03-02-2008, 07:57 PM
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E brake cable will not come off!

I have a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere, 273 V8 with an automatic transmission. I need to replace the transmission mount, and I find impossible to disconnect the emergency brake cable that is connected to the support frame directly under the transmission mount. The cable comes thru one side of the frame and then there is a rounded knob with a metal clip around the knob (ON the other side of the frame) that holds the cable to the frame. I have tried turning it, pinching and pulling and it won't come off. I have tried to remove the clip but it starts to bend and doesn't want to come off. I am afraid I will ruin it and won't be able to put it back on.

Is there some kind of special trick to getting this off? Thanks

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You need a special tool, I have two different ones a set of pliers and one looks like a peice of tubing on a screw driver handle. They hold in the tabs so you can remove the cables fro the bracket. Ypu may be able to get one from the local parts store.
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Finally got the fitting out

I went to four auto parts stores and no one knew what I was talking about when I requested the special tool to take off the E brake cable. What I ended up doing is taking a screw driver and hammer and tapped in the tabs. Then I used a brass punch and gently tapped the cable fitting out of the hole. When I re-install it, I will take an awl and lift those tabs back out. I know that was probably not the right way to do it, but I got it out without tearing up the fitting and I felt I had no other option. Thanks for the advise, that is what gave me the idea of tapping in those tabs with the screw driver.
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