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Parking brake won't return
After engaging the parking brake pedal when the release lever is pulled the pedal is disengaged and the tension on the cable is relieved but the cable isn't pulled back so that the pedal mechanism pushes the warning light switch to turn off the light. The pedal is loose and flops around because there is no cable tension to hold the pedal up. I verified that the return spring is hooked up but it doesn't seem to have enough force to pull the cable back. If I push on the cable end I can get it to move enough that it pulls the pedal back up. The return spring seems kind of wimpy to move the cable against the friction in the line. Is the spring shot or is my cable mucked up?
Sounds like your cable is mucked up. I have a spare e brake assembly if you should need one, but if your cable is bad, that is an easier fix.

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"I love my Hookers!" and "Get some Strange" probably have a different connotation to non automotive enthusiasts!
get under the car and pull on each cable close to the rear drums and see if they pull out and retract. Those also have springs that help return and they rust and seize up
there is a large spring on the front of the cable it may of collapsed or broke or hung up. tightening it might not work because if the emergency brake tension on the cables is already correct then you may over tighten them when the parking brake is down. the spring should be sandwiched with a plate and nut at the end. you can get a replacement spring. the cable is under the car driver's footwell area, you can get to it with long arms without jacking the car up. if the nuts not frozen on the end then its a easy swap, or at least see whats going on with the cable and return spring.

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I never thought that long spring had enough tension to do anything but keep light tension on the cable to keep it from drooping.

I would recommend looking at the E-brake assembly under the dash as well as each rear brake assembly.
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