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I'm having trouble removing and e brake cable on my 2008

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Hi I'm having trouble removing and e brake cable on my 2008 Mazda 3 the current metal shroud looks like it should go into the new one how does the old come out
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Customer: Okay I had caliper froze so I have the new one j purchased for the passenger rear but I can't get bee brake able out of the caliper housing for some reason and tips hint anything
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes I'm a mechanic I own a small shop
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Pulling it out rust penitent vise grips everything logical
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  camerontech replied 1 year ago.
hi there,im cam , a licenced have run into the caliper issues that I have fought with many time.yes, this should just pull out, but they never ever do. they rust and sieze solid in the caliper.i have usually done 1 of 2 things if the typical penetrating flui and vise grips approach doesnt work.1. I use a air hammer with the thinest tip to hammer it through the housing. the tricky part is not damaging the cable itself.a hand punch would be nice but there is nothing to hold the caliper still while you do this so i use an air hammer2. cut the old caliper to relieve the rust tension.this is a last resort as you probably have a core charge and dont want to damage the old caliper, but soemtime i have had no choice but to destroy the old caluper to save the cable.these are notorious for seizing solid, and it will not be the last one you ever run into either. thats the worst part....i try to stay away from heat as this can damage the cable housing.
Expert:  camerontech replied 1 year ago.
let me know how you make out!thanks and i appreciate positive ratings!
Expert:  camerontech replied 1 year ago.
hi therehow did your repair go?

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