So I thought I'd share my current predicament and hopefully save someone else the pain...
Last night I parked my XK like normal and pulled the parking brake lever as i always do.... this time i got a snap and a very loose lever.
So this morning i removed the center console and cleaning out the crap that has fallen in the holes and crevices over time, i found a completly snapped cable at the lead ball that holds it to the lever.
Unlike normal cars with the equalizer connection routed outside and under the car. the xk has it routed right under the middle of the second row seat inside the car.
SO this of course leads to removal of the second row since the middle does not tumble foward. Also removal of the second row plastic floor compartment.
After getting to the access hole in the carpet i was able to get to the equalizer and remove the broken cable.
I now have to order the cable which is about 3ft. long from the dealer for $40
Installation is bound to be even more of a pain rerouting the new cable.
Well you might be asking yourself how does this affect me? why should i care this is a freak accident right?
There is a TSB out that every XK should have their parking brake cables adjusted every 30K. Apparently their getting too tight and this happens.
So a warning to all XK owners, get your parking brake cables adjusted or suffer the heartache (and cable break). Especially if you get new rear rotors or notice that the lever is harder to pull at times or notice any change in the way your parking brake lever acts.
Mine would sometimes be stiff to pull or it would randomly snap back into the off position. Other times it would work normal.