I figured there had to be an easier way to release the cable! I had two others help me. One person at each rear wheel gently pulling on the cable with needle nose pliers. I was inside the vehicle pulling then releasing the Ebreak handle. The combination of them pulling on the cable as I worked the break handle actually worked. We were able to get the cable to release to it's fully extended position. The new shoes could now be installed without any other issues.
I recently changed the rear break pads and the ebreak shoes. When I removed the rotor, the ebreaks literally fell off the vehicle. It seems the Ebreak cable adjustment had pulled the cable loose from the shoes. The cable had retracted into the axle assembly and could not be pulled out far enough to attach the new shoes.
It seems the Ebreak on the Commanders have an auto adjustor that is located under the second row seats. In order to get to the adjustor you have to remove the second row seats and carpet. There is also a cam inside the base of the break handle that the cable wraps around. The console must be removed in order to remove or replace the break handle.
According to the writeups that I had found on the forums, one if not both of those procedures was the only way to release the cable in order to get reattach it to the break shoes.
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