I was looking over a customer car that was in for normal service, and noticed that the parking brake cables had been replaced at some point, and whoever had done the job did not do it very well. I know from experience that parking brake cables can be a pain to replace, especially as cars get older and rustier, but I wouldn’t do it this badly.
The first thing I noticed was that one of the cables was actually resting against the exhaust pipe, which in turn had melted the outer plastic/rubber coating. Both cables were just zip tied instead of bolted in place, which could potentially affect the function when the parking brake lever is pulled. Finally, both of the grommets were not installed in the floor of the car, which could lead to water leaks and more rust.
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