Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Emergency / Parking Brake Cable

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Emergency / Parking Brake Cable

Common signs include the parking brake not holding the car properly (or not functioning at all) and the Parking Brake Light coming on. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Emergency/Parking Brake Cable Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2007 Jeep Liberty $145 $54.38 $91.00 25% $194.13
2006 Pontiac Grand Prix $124 $26.23 $98.00 29% $176.73
2014 Kia Forte5 $173 $81.64 $91.00 22% $221.39
2004 BMW 325i $176 $35.68 $140.00 29% $250.68
2005 Cadillac Escalade $93 $22.89 $70.00 28% $130.39
2012 Tesla S $236 $144.55 $91.00 17% $284.30
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Emergency / Parking Brake Cable?

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The parking brake cable is the cable that many vehicle’s use to engage their parking brakes. It is usually a steel braided cable wrapped in a protective sheath, and is used as a mechanical means of activating the vehicle’s parking brakes. When the parking brake lever is pulled, or the pedal is depressed, the cable pulls on the calipers or brake drums to engage the parking brake of the vehicle. The parking brake is used to secure the vehicle so that it will not roll when parked or stationary. This feature is especially important when parking or stopping the vehicle on inclines or hills, where a vehicle is more likely to roll and is at at risk of an accident. When the parking brake cable fails or has any issues, it can leave the vehicle without this critical safety feature. Usually a bad or failing parking brake cable will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential issue that should be serviced.

1. Parking brake does not hold car properly

The most common symptom of a problem with the parking brake cable is a parking brake that does not properly hold the vehicle. If the parking brake cable becomes excessively worn or stretched, it will not be able to pull the the parking brake as tightly. This will result in the parking brake not being able to hold the weight of the vehicle, which may cause it to roll or lean, even when the parking brake is fully engaged.

2. Parking brake does not function

Another symptom of a problem with the parking brake cable is a parking brake that does not function. If the cable snaps or breaks, it will disable the parking brake. The parking brake will not function and the pedal or lever may be loose.

3. Parking Brake Light comes on

Another symptom of a problem with the parking brake cable is an illuminated Parking Brake Warning Light. The Parking Brake Warning Light comes on when the brake is set so that the driver does not drive with the brake engaged. If the Parking Brake Light becomes illuminated even when the brake handle or pedal has been released, then this may be an indicator that the cable may be stuck or jammed, and the brake may not be releasing properly.

Parking brakes are a feature found on virtually all road going vehicles and are an important parking and safety feature. If you suspect that your parking brake cable may be having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if the vehicle needs a parking brake cable replacement.

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Alex

13 years of experience
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Alex
13 years of experience
I wasn't home when Alex came to fix my truck but my fiance was. He said that Alex did a awesome job. He was very informative on what needed to be done with the car. Also he let us know what services needed to be done immediately and what we could hold off on.
1999 FORD EXPEDITION - EMERGENCY / PARKING BRAKE CABLE REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE) - RICHARDSON, TEXAS

Andrew

8 years of experience
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Andrew
8 years of experience
He did a good job and kept going even though he was challenged with unexpected stuff that came up.
1995 CHEVROLET C1500 - EMERGENCY / PARKING BRAKE CABLE REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE, PASSENGER SIDE) - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Nicholas

14 years of experience
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Nicholas
14 years of experience
Excellent experience, on time and work performed professionally. Thanks for the service
2000 FORD EXPEDITION - EMERGENCY / PARKING BRAKE CABLE REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE) - DENVER, COLORADO

Tomas

10 years of experience
216 reviews
Tomas
10 years of experience
Very nice. Fast work. Explained what he was doing and what needed to be done.
2006 KIA OPTIMA - EMERGENCY / PARKING BRAKE CABLE REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE) - COLONIA, NEW JERSEY

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