How to Replace a Parking Brake Cable

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Parking Brake Cable. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Floor Jack
  • Screwdriver
  • Breaker Bar
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Jack Stand Set
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet
  • Parking Brake Cable

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $58.15 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $250.44 parts and labor

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  • Park the vehicle on the level surface and push back the parking brake lever to activate the brake.
  • Put the transmission in drive and ease the brake pedal.
  • Now, turn the parking brake lever into free position.
  • Discard the rear parking brake cable and the front parking brake cable from the equalizer bar.
  • Get underneath the parking brake control assembly and disconnect the front cable from the pivot hole.
  • Lift up the vehicle with the help of floor jacks and secure the vehicle on jack stands.
  • Unbolt the lug nuts and take the wheels away.
  • Take the brake drum away from the hub. Also, discard the disc brake and caliper from the rear brake assembly.
  • Locate the parking cable attached to the brake shoe on the wheel side of the backing plate and discard it.
  • Grab and draw out the cable.
  • Take a new parking brake cable and replace it with the old one.
  • Insert the rear cable via the backing plate and connect it to the parking brake lever.
  • Reinstall the brake drum and disc assembly back to their positions.
  • Put the wheels back and secure them with lug nuts.
  • Remove the jack stands and ground the vehicle by lowering the floor jack.
  • Carefully attach the rear cables to the equalizer.
  • Now, attach the front cable to the parking brake control assemble and eventually to the equalizer.
  • Take the pin off from the parking brake assembly to ease the tension.
  • In the end, apply and release the parking brake for some time to ensure that the cable gain the required tension.

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