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How to Fix a Stuck Parking Brake in a Tacoma

by Russell Wood

The Toyota Tacoma has been hugely popular for Toyota, but the truck isn't without problems. One of them is corrosion and rust issues. If your truck has a stuck parking brake, chances are it's due to rust on the brake cables. Fixing it takes a bit of effort, but it can be done in a garage with a few tools.

Lift up the rear of the vehicle using the jack and support the axle on the jack stands. Be sure the vehicle is secure before you crawl underneath it.

Locate the parking brake cable on the drums. There is one long cable that goes from the front of the truck that then splits off at the axle into two different sections. It's a flexible, metal line that goes into the back of the brake drums.

Pull on the emergency brake line to see if it breaks free. If it does, then the job is done. If not, move on to the next step.

Spray the penetrating oil into the hole where the emergency brake line goes into the drums. This is going to lubricate the line and should free up the corrosion.

Pull on the line again, trying to break it free. If it doesn't, repeat with the penetrating oil. The line will eventually break free and be good to go. To stop this from happening again, use the emergency brake frequently to slow down corrosion.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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