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Username Post: '63 Impala; removal of parking brake pedal assembly        (Topic#366448)
japete92 
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09-19-21 08:08 AM - Post#2827378    

I'm trying to remove the 'alarm' light switch on my 63 Impala.

After groping around a bit under the dash, it seems that to get to the little screw that holds the switch to the pedal assembly, I'm going to have to detach the assembly from the firewall.

From the assembly manual, it looks rather simple. From under the hood; two nuts to remove. And a single screw up under the dash

I have never futzed with that pedal assembly. My questions are:

Disengage the parking brake first?

Disconnect the mechanical cable from the pedal assembly before removing the attachments? CAN one actually get sufficient access to disconnect the cable prior to unbolting the assembly?

Am I missing something (like more attachment points, or something else)?

In my view of a fair world, I simply disconnect the two bolts from inside the hood and the screw under the dash. Lower the pedal assembly to the floor, and remove the screw holding the switch body. To replace, simply reverse.

Although I am going to attempt to repair/restore the switch, I'm not confident I can do that. I will likely re-install the pedal assembly w/o the switch (temporarily so I can drive the car) until I get a replacement, or complete the repair.

Some helpful tips would be appreciated.

Oh, I have the electrical wires disconnected fro the switch.

Thanks.

Pete







 


58Yeoman 
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09-19-21 09:02 AM - Post#2827383    
    In response to japete92

Hi Pete. Your description of your plan "I simply disconnect the two bolts from inside the hood and the screw under the dash. Lower the pedal assembly to the floor, and remove the screw holding the switch body. To replace, simply reverse" should do the job. It took me just a few minutes to pull my '63 e-brake pedal doing it exactly as you described. It gave me full access to the switch. John

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1961 Impala convertible
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japete92 
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09-19-21 09:28 AM - Post#2827387    
    In response to 58Yeoman

Thanks.

It did not appear to be any more complicated than that, but I had never even looked at that part of the car before.

When I disconnected the wires to the switch, the spring, the wire connector, a little 'washer' and the 'bottom' of the switch can fell on the floor. When I get the remainder of the switch off, I'll renew my repair efforts.

Thanks again.

Pete



 
pvs409 
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09-19-21 12:49 PM - Post#2827415    
    In response to japete92

If you have enough cable length after removing the 2 firewall mounting nuts and the dash mount screw, just lay the assembly down to remove the switch.

If you want to remove the assembly from the car, you might have loosen cable under the car in front of the x-frame - by backing off the hex nuts on the assembly were the cable loops through the curved cable holder. You only have to do this if you can’t release the round ball on the end of the cable that is hooked through the parking brake assembly with the special bracket to hold the end of the cable.

..yes first you do completely release the parking brake even by pulling up on the pedal when pulling on the release handle on the assembly

Paul

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japete92 
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09-19-21 02:05 PM - Post#2827420    
    In response to pvs409

Thanks for the help.

I do not plan to remove the assembly from the car (unless I absolutely have to). But it is good to have some guidance on how to do it.

Thanks again.

Pete



 


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