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Old 02-25-2006, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2002 Suzuki XL-7 limited 4x4 with 73,000 miles. The problem I have is the rear brakes seem to sometimes catch while backing up (especially after releasing the parking brake). When this occurs the vehicle will be very hard to move backwards. I have recently taken the vehicle in for repairs and they adjusted the rear brakes, resurfaced the rear drums. Not sure what is going on with these brakes??
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It sounds like the park brake is sticking. It could be the cable. Do you use the park brake very often? The cable is inside a plastic sheath and moisture can get in there and cause the cable to rust.
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I recently purchased the 2002 xl-7 used about a 1000 miles ago so I do not know if the prior owner used the emergency brake much, but I use the emergency brake frequently (habit from driving a stickshift car previously) and this brake issue started occuring after using the emergency brake.
Is there a way to lubricate this cable that runs the emergency brake?

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Sometime you can use a wd-40 or similar penetrating lubricant spray for inside the sheath. It's usually hard to find a place to spray inside though. This can work for a short while but it will probably stick again eventually.
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