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Speedkar99 on YouTube
2003 Camry
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Here's how the parking brakes work on your car:

The parking brake is a manually operated braking system that prevents the vehicle from rolling when stopped.

It is activated by a hand brake or in this case, a foot brake actuator that leads down to a cable:


The cable goes underneath the vehicle, where its split to the two rear wheels:


The rear drums house the parking brake mechanism:


Inside are the shoes, the adjuster and spring, and the actuator lever at the bottom which attaches to the cable. When the cable is pulled on, the actuator lever expands causing the shoes to expand outward against the drum.


These are what the shoes look like when removed. Rusty...


This is the ratcheting mechanism inside the foot brake:
 

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Token Aussie
1998 AE102, 2018 ZRE182
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Should note that not every car uses drums for the parking brakes, some will use a crank and jackscrew acting on the rear caliper piston (obviously since the car you dismantled doesn't have this feature you can't supply photos, but it is still a common-enough variation that is significant enough to warrant a mention)
 
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