The parking brake control is the mechanism used to apply your vehicles parking brakes. In passenger vehicles this has traditionally been a separate pedal or handle you pull. Pulling the lever or pushing the pedal, tensions a cable and ratcheting mechanism, which applies the holding force for the parking brake.
On modern vehicles, the parking brakes are typically applied by an electronic brake controller. This is comprised of a switch or button and an electric motor which provides the tensions of the cable, instead of relying on the driver’s physical effort to engage the parking brake. There is also a fully electronic parking brake system, which uses electric motors to apply force to the rear calipers. This allows the rear brakes to double as the parking brake.
When a parking brake control fails you will experience:
- Parking brake not engaging
- parking brake stuck on
- parking brake disengaging unexpectedly.
How much will it cost?
The typical cost for the testing and replacement is between $150-$550 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.
Here is what is included:
- Inspection of the parking brake controller
- Replacement if necessary
- Inspection of related components