How do I know I need a Parking Brake Cable Replacement?
Parking brakes, sometimes called emergency brakes, and designed to be engaged when a vehicle is park. Typically the parking brake is engaged when the vehicle is unoccupied.
When these fail you can experience several things:
- Parking brake not engaging
- Parking brake handle or pedal moves too easily
- Cable hanging under vehicle
- Parking brake not disengaging
What is a parking brake cable and what does it do?
A parking brake is a steel cable that is used to engage the parking brakes on a vehicle, with hydraulic brakes. The parking brake is used to keep a vehicle from rolling in the event it is popped out of gear (manual transmission) or the parking pawl fails (automatic transmission)
The parking brake cable runs from the parking brake lever or pedal inside the vehicle to the parking brake. When the parking brake lever or pedal is engaged, it pulls on the cable, which in turn, applies pressure to the parking brakes. Depending on your vehicles set up this pressure activates the rear brake shoes or calipers and causes them to clamp down on the brake drums or rotors, to help prevent the vehicle from moving
The cable is typically routed through a series of pulleys and guides to ensure that it has a smooth, direct path to the parking brakes. It is also designed with a certain amount of tension to prevent it from becoming slack or loose, which could compromise the effectiveness of the parking brake.
How much will it cost?
The typical cost for the testing and replacement is between $130-$330 for parts and labor. This price range is averaged across all passenger vehicles. The actual cost depends on your specific make, model and year. Depending on your specific vehicle, this cost may be lower or higher. This cost estimate is for the specific repair listed and doesn’t include additional, related items that may require repair.
What is included:
- Diagnosis of defective part
- Replacement of defective part
- Up to a lifetime warranty
Additional components requiring repair or replacement, may result in additional charges
How it works
Request a service:
Get a quote online or set-up a time to have your vehicle looked at.
Choose your service time:
Pick time slots that work for you, easily, online. We will confirm appointments and send reminders.
Get your vehicle repaired:
No waiting at the shop. Our mechanics bring everything that is needed to you. All you have to do is provided a safe area for the work to be performed.
What what need from you
A safe place to work on your vehicle:
No working on the side of busy roads, No working on unstable or steep surfaces. We do not perform repairs during severe weather.
Authorization from a property owner or management.
If you rent please ensure work can be performed where your vehicle is. If your repair work is being done in a parking lot or at your place of employment, please ensure you have permission to have work performed. We do not do repairs in areas restricted by law.
Are you in our service area?
Our services are available, on site throughout Michigan. Odds are you live near one of the cities we provide service in. These are some of the common places we perform repair services.
- Battle Creek
- Byron Center
- Comstock Northwest
- Comstock Township
- Comstock Park
- East Grand Rapids
- Forest Hills
- Georgetown Township
- Grand Haven
- Grand Rapids