Parking brake pedal stuck

Tiny
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I set the parking brake on my '92 Ranger, then couldn't disengage it.I tried everything, but it wouldn't free up.I was on the side of the road with a 2 year old on a Sunday so I cut the cable. Replacing the cable is not an issue. The problem seems to be with the pedal assembly itself.I can't get the pedal back up. Is there something I can do to unstick it or do I need a new assembly?

Thanks, Mick
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Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 AT 6:43 AM

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Tiny
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Good thinking on cutting the cable. I assume you knew that the pedal itself was stuck and not stuck somewhere else. Now I guess I would see about pulling out the assembly to look at it closer and determine what is wrong. You probably have lock on the rachet assembly that is sticking and won't release. Have you tried a rust remover and lubricant to let it set on the assembly for a few hours. Then tap the assembly with a hammer softly and see if it lets go. Try this while still in the car before pulling it out. Because if you can't loosen it then you car going to have replace it.

Kind of mixed up there but see about fixing in place then pull it and work on it or replace it. Good luck!
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Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 AT 11:59 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the suggestions. One of the first things I tried was lubing it.I took the whole assembly apart yesterday(not something I want to do again). Turns out the bar that pushes back to release the ratchet had a groove worn in it. That was preventing it from having the force to release.I fashioned a sleeve out of sheet metal to cover the groove. It's working ok now. Now my problem is that according to Ford, the cable I need(from the pedal to just forward of the rear wheel) has been discontinued!Had the pedal assembly been more accessable, I may have figured out the jam and released it manually before cutting the cable. Oh well, I got moving but now will not pass inspection due to cut brake cable
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Monday, December 4th, 2006 AT 2:03 PM
Tiny
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Discontinued cable but you can buy cable at a hardware store. Can't you feed the new cable into the car and add your own ends?
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Monday, December 4th, 2006 AT 3:08 PM
Tiny
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That's a thought.I didnt even think of that.I'm going to try a couple of aftermarket places first and I know someone who might have one. He stockpiles all kinds of junk.I'll keep it in mind though, thanks
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Monday, December 4th, 2006 AT 5:37 PM

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