National average cost of a Parking Brake Shoe Replacement for popular vehicles:
Avg. cost $42
Avg. cost $2416
What are parking brake shoes and how do they work?
Parking brake shoes are components of a rear disc braking system. Sometimes referred to as “emergency” brake shoes, they are designed to assist the transmission to hold your vehicle in place when you are parked, especially when on an incline. The parking brake is a mechanical device that is completely separate from the hydraulic braking system. If a vehicle has rear disc brakes, the inside of the brake caliper serves as a drum brake. The brake shoes are engaged by a cable and lever (or separate pedal) from inside the passenger compartment.
Signs that parking brake shoes need to be replaced
Parking brake shoes are often addressed when the rear brake pads and rotors are being serviced. You can sense that the rear parking brake shoes need to be replaced if any of the following conditions are present
Your vehicle fails to remain still with the parking brake lever or pedal fully engaged
Upon starting your vehicle after releasing the parking brake, you notice that the shifter is difficult to move out of park
The parking brake lever or pedal travel farther than normal
The lever or pedal fails to return to its normal position when released
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To replace the parking brake shoes, a technician must first safely lift and support your vehicle and remove the rear wheels and tires. Once that is complete, the technician will typically follow these steps (depending on the vehicle make and model)
Remove and suspend the brake caliper
Remove the brake pads and caliper bracket to access the rotor
Remove the brake rotor
Unhook and remove the return spring and remove the shoe retainers
Set aside the brake adjuster
Disconnect the parking brake cable from the rear shoe
Install the new shoes, retainers, adjuster, and spring
Replace the rotor, caliper bracket, brake pads, and caliper
Adjust the parking brake tensioner
Reinstall the wheels and tires and lower the vehicle to the ground
Test drive the vehicle to verify the repair and finish adjusting the parking brake
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