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Re: electric handbrake issue
I admire your optimism on the cables and truly hope they can be freed.
However, old style cables were notorious for seizing, being a steel wire in a steel outer and equally simple to free with a measure of long term success.
Modern ones have plastic sheaths on the inner cable.
Means they do not seize from a little moisture and generally give good life.
But, when they do jam, it is often because the sheath has broken up.
That isn't freed up with a dose of WD and soaking in engine oil.
I have had some success with cables where the sheathing has broken at the end.... pulling enough cable out to cut clear the naff bits. But is the sort of short term solution that gets you past an MOT, not a long term fix.
I wouldn't invest in any significant amount of garage time on them.
Just enough to make sure it isn't something simple or another issue...jammed caliper for instance.
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