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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-04-2009, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Park Brake Release Broken

The other day, we had freezing cold weather and my parking brake wouldnt release completely. Instead of pulling the pedal up, I pulled with excess force, and broke the plastic release handle on the dash. Now that it has warmed up, the brake still works, but I have to pinch and pull whats left of the handle with two fingers to release it. Do I have to replace the entire parking brake assembly (cable and all), if I want to replace the dash handle?

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Re: Park Brake Release Broken

i have not looked to be sure, but you should be able to replace just the handle. the cable goes into the handle.

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i have not looked to be sure, but you should be able to replace just the handle. the cable goes into the handle.
Ok..maybe I'll check with the parts dept. I'd hate to have to replace the whole setup.

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Re: Park Brake Release Broken

When my 05 assembly got replaced the did the whole rear section first up to the part under the drivers door where it goes from the single cable to the two rear cables. They next had to replace the whole front assembly. I hope you can get just a handle but if not be sure to get the updated design on the parking brake handle.

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Re: Park Brake Release Broken

How much did the front assembly cost you? I need to replace mine or adjust it if that's possible. I have to pull the handle and reach under the truck and pull on the cables to release them.

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When my 05 assembly got replaced the did the whole rear section first up to the part under the drivers door where it goes from the single cable to the two rear cables. They next had to replace the whole front assembly. I hope you can get just a handle but if not be sure to get the updated design on the parking brake handle.
Hmm...I dinn't know anything about and updated parking brake handle. Whats the story with that?

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Re: Park Brake Release Broken

Mine was sticking like medical_emt's but was under warranty. I was told there was an updated design. I have no idea on the cost.

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Re: Park Brake Release Broken

Try to find another handle at a salvage yard or check your stealership's parts department or pm Squire (he works in a GM parts department).
The handle comes off by squeezing the tabs so if you can get one it's easy to replace. I've heard that the updated park brake apply/release assembly costs about $100.

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my 07 parking break release looks like it was designed to fail. 1st time i test drove the truck i jumped in and pulled the release. "snap!" i was like reallly!

sometimes i wonder why they would not take the time to improve simple things like this

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Try to find another handle at a salvage yard or check your stealership's parts department or pm Squire (he works in a GM parts department).
The handle comes off by squeezing the tabs so if you can get one it's easy to replace. I've heard that the updated park brake apply/release assembly costs about $100.
Ok, thaks for the info. At least now I know that I can replace the handle w/o replacing the cable.
I think I'll try the salvage yard first. If not, I'll pm the member who you said works in the GM parts dept.

When you say the "apply/release assembly", I assume that it's not just the handle. I hope not for $100! What's the benefit of the update?

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Mine does'nt release correct either. Reaching out and under the truck with one hand trying to free the stuck cable while sitting on a hill is a pain in the ass. Freezing cold mornings are even worse. It sucks to have a standard shift without an engine that does'nt have enough balls to hold itself on a mild incline.
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pics of what you have left might help us tell?
one time when i pulled my handle part of it came off,
but i just pushed that piece back on and it was all good
it was a clip of some sort

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Might broke today!!!! arrrrhhhhhggghhhh Seems like 1/2 of the clip broke and is now on the cable end. $100 !!! Crappy design for sure. To the wrecker.....wonder if all Chev trucks use the same design? Hmmmmmmmmm, otherwise like the truck so far...
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Is this what you are looking for? The handle is part number 20843963. $6.72 at your local Dealer.

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FRONT CABLE - GM (25792420) Under $10.00 at most places even Ebay has them ! Figure I'll buy a spare No TSB or recall or nothing for such a common problem.
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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 11:08 AM
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If the cable is what broke, that is not a "common" problem. In fact, you are probably the first to post with the problem.
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