It is hard to say, it is your word against theirs. I am still trying to figure out how the park brake cable relates to the ignition key. Even if engine oil got on it and swelled the rubber, it would not happen in a matter of hours, I am not even sure if that is realistic. Was the cable that was replaced, one from a rear wheel to the equalizer, or was it from the lever to the equalizer? Do you even use the park brake, is this a manual trans car, or auto? After a brief review, just now, are we talking about the park LOCK cable, and not a park BRAKE cable? The service procedure show'if equipped'. This cable is inside the vehicle, and runs from the ignition switch mounted to the column, to the floor shifter assembly. If the cable sticks when park gear is engaged, it would prevent the key from rotating to off position, I am not sure of the affects when rolling to start, but in theory I suppose it could cause a problem. This cable would be completely shielded inside the car, and unless someone was under the dash, or in the center console, it would not have been tampered with. Has coffee, soda, or some other substance perhaps have been spilled on the console? Just more food for thought. This is the only thing that makes remote sense. The park brake is a standalone sub-system within the brake system, and the ignition is mechanical until the ignition switch is brought in to the picture.
Friday, March 12th, 2010 AT 10:13 PM