Possibly as Mr. Floppy said:
Also, you might have the self adjusters on wrong, instead of adjusting, they
apply the brakes.
I hope this helps.
Depending on the car, some vehicles had a problem with the wheel cylinders
turning in the backing plates. Check if your wheel cylinders are solid, if
you try to turn them with channel lock pliers.
If your car has rear disc brakes it was pretty common for the hand brake
levers(on the brake calipers) to get stiff or seize up over time. Shooting
some WD40 on the pivot might loosen things up. Calipers run around $85 per
side at NAPA.
The hand brake cables were plastic coated on 3rd-gens so I doubt the cables
have seized up in the outer casing.
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