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Old 06-02-2010, 06:24 AM
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Note the pics are of a RHD car - look at them in a mirror to apply to a LHD (US) car.

About 5 years ago doing an AT box and TT removal I got completely stumped by the neccessity to remove the E brake cable from the lever in the car. Well disconnecting from the lever is easy but doing the research for the later part of the job it seems some folk didn't get it . Release the Ebrake lever (like you were driving away) remove the cover from the rear of the Ebrake - 3 phillips screwsthen remove the spring then the lock nut and then the adjuster tube nut.



Then came the part that got me and Eric (in NZ) completely stumped 5 years ago. So stumped in fact that we removed the rear X member/ suspension etc. but left the E brake cable connected and just swung the X member out of the way. We just could not figure out exactly how the outer of the cable terminated where it went through the body. Because the ferrule in the pic below looks like it is part of the body whereas in fact it is part of the cable and just slots into the tube welded into the body. You'll have to probably scrape back some of the underseal to see the ferrule and it's joint to where it goes in to the tube.

However doing the X member TT and 5spd removal with Hilton at the weekend we figured it out with the help of an obscure comment from Dan Brindle on Nichols tips. Easiest way to get the rusted in ferrule out is to grip it with Vicegrips and twist like you were unscrewing it - once it rotates a bit squirt in your fav pentrating oil and get it loose then continue rotating and pry with a prybar towards the rear of the car and it comes out.

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There is an O-ring on there that makes it seal too well.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:59 AM
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There is an O-ring on there that makes it seal too well.
You're correct it looks like there is. Didn't notice it at the time.

Object of this post was to illuminate something I/we just learnt that wasn't explicit in the WSM or PEt or in previous RL posts that had got me stumped twice previously.
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Thanks for the tips and info on this! I'm just now removing my rear crossmember and AT/TT, and ran into this problem last night.
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