I was installing new brakes and I pulled too hard on the lever and the cable end disconnected from the brake lever. I'm having trouble reattaching it because it can only be pulled out so far due to the cable housing and it's such a small space. Is there a specific tool i need to use because this happened to me once before and the guy at the bike shop fixed it without removing the housing. I don't want to keep going back to a bike shop every time this happens so I need to know how to do it on my own if I am out on a ride.
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Going out on a guess for anyone who might stumble on this. it sounds like he grabbed the brake lever and pulled tight, perhaps checking for brake pad alignment, spacing, etc. The cable pulled loose from the brake caliper (not lever) and disappeared into the cable housing. If so, grab a zip tie (or a shoe lace) and pull said lever all the way back to the handebar. Secure it to the handlebar by zip tie, shoe lace, whatever. Grab a flashlight and shine it into the innards. You'll see the cable end coming out of the internal guts of the lever. Take a flathead screwdriver or needle nose pliers and push the head slowly back into the lever until it stops. Check the end of the cable housing by the brake caliper and you should see the cut end sticking out. hold on to it and release the brake lever from the handlebar. That should do it.