Seized parking brake

Tiny
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  • 2011 KIA SOUL
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 95,000 MILES
Hey, I noticed that hand brake worked just fine recently. But now try to disengage it by lowering it and it has no tension at lever, but e brakes at wheels seem engaged because they appear to be holding as it won't move forward but goes in reverse with no drag. What's going on? Seized spring at either or both wheels, or something else? Maybe spray at e cable ends at wheels to loosen rusty springs etc, maybe work the cable at lever to get it loose, back and forth? Never had this type issue, not sure where to start to get it loose. Lol
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Friday, February 14th, 2020 AT 4:39 AM

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Tiny
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Hi,

If you lost tension, something is preventing the brake to release. I need to know if you have rear drum type or disc type brakes. Also, I need you to safely lift the rear of the vehicle and see if one of the wheels is locked and not able to be turned.

Let me know.
Joe
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Friday, February 14th, 2020 AT 1:00 PM
Tiny
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Disc all around, didn't get that far but forward neutral doesn't budge, only freely goes backwards. So chances are 1 or both are engaged. Do you have nice clear diagram of rear e brake assembly setup?
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Friday, February 14th, 2020 AT 1:15 PM
Tiny
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Good afternoon,

If the cables are frozen, which it sounds like, you will need to replace them. You cannot lube them as it fails is inside the cable itself.

Roy
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Friday, February 14th, 2020 AT 2:32 PM
Tiny
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Hey, thanks Roy, I'm starting to wonder maybe cable froze up in winter weather by hand lever when each side attaches and runs in floor boards underneath to back, only since all was fine prior to deep winter. Do I have cable path diagram from handle to undercarriage etc?
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Saturday, February 15th, 2020 AT 5:40 AM
Tiny
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I attached the diagram of the cables for you.

There are 2 cables, one for each side from the handle to the rear wheels.

Roy
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Saturday, February 15th, 2020 AT 5:54 AM
Tiny
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Hey Roy, wanted to update ya. It was frozen interior some place let up. Glad it did but get to brakes all around I'm spring, lol. Thanks again.
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Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 AT 4:58 PM
Tiny
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You are welcome.

We are always glad to help.

Roy
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Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 AT 5:10 PM
Tiny
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You know, when I do get in there, what's best scrub-less rust remover I can use to spray down all the hardware components and remove rust off of them and calipers including rotors. What's best value stuff works well you can recommend?
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 AT 3:30 PM
Tiny
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I use a product called freeze off. You can get it at a parts store. This stuff works great. It breaks down the rust and allows you to remove rusty bolts.

Roy
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 AT 3:36 PM

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