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Old 11 Sep 2019, 12:33 pm
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It's normal that whenever you want to do something, you have to do something else first.. I need to replace the shifter bushings, under the console, in my 2001 5 Speed Cruiser (rear disk). Okay, easy enough. I have the Boogers, but I can't remove the console because the parking brake handle is too low to get the console off. Somehow I have to relax the adjustment to lift the handle more... Got any ideas. ...Thanx in advance.
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Old 11 Sep 2019, 03:02 pm
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Not necessarily pertaining to the PT but I recently did a brake job on a 05 silverado, and to reattach the parking brake cable I had to remove the drums to allow the arm on the brake more movement.
There were no adjustment brackets to loosen
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Old 11 Sep 2019, 04:32 pm
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It's normal that whenever you want to do something, you have to do something else first.. I need to replace the shifter bushings, under the console, in my 2001 5 Speed Cruiser (rear disk). Okay, easy enough. I have the Boogers, but I can't remove the console because the parking brake handle is too low to get the console off. Somehow I have to relax the adjustment to lift the handle more... Got any ideas. ...Thanx in advance.
I've removed the center control is a whole bunch of PT's. In almost every case, you just need to pull back on the parking brake lever REALLY hard. It will almost always come back far enough to let the console clear it.
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Old 11 Sep 2019, 06:16 pm
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Once you get the center console out, here's how I get my console back in:


There seem to be a lot of other videos on YouTube.
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Old 12 Sep 2019, 08:19 am
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How far back do you need to get it? I didn't even take my console all the way off. I just pulled it up. If you really need to get it off, you should be able to undo the front screws first, and it should smoosh forward enough to get it off. It is plastic and pretty bendy.
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Old 12 Sep 2019, 01:29 pm
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I've removed the center control is a whole bunch of PT's. In almost every case, you just need to pull back on the parking brake lever REALLY hard. It will almost always come back far enough to let the console clear it.
This. When I installed new carpet, the center console had to come out. Just go full gorilla on the parking brake handle and you'll be able to get it back far enough to remove the console.
Then there's the fun of releasing it afterward...
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Old 12 Sep 2019, 02:40 pm
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As said previously it does need to be upright to remove the console. You are removing the effect of the clockspring on the tension by inserting a drill bit or something into the base of the lever first aren't you?
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Old 13 Sep 2019, 06:49 am
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Would removing the arm rests from the front seats help? I've never had to remove one, so am just asking.
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Old 13 Sep 2019, 12:40 pm
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Following CHuzz... Could you tilt the seat back far enough to help
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Old 14 Sep 2019, 11:35 am
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I've removed the center control is a whole bunch of PT's. In almost every case, you just need to pull back on the parking brake lever REALLY hard. It will almost always come back far enough to let the console clear it.
it would be a heck of a lot easier to just un adjust the e brake shoes... for the op's info, that would be a flat tip screwdriver tilted DOWN with the blade on top of the adjuster, then lever the screwdriver towards the car. to re adjust, the screwdriver goes towards the ground. I like it adjusted to around 3 clicks if you live in the mountains- but make sure it works before you hand it over to your significant other or- ahem, teenager...
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