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The parking brake shoes, also known as the emergency brake shoes, are the long curved blocks lined with friction material for the parking brakes to function. When the parking brakes are set, the parking brake shoes extend against the brake drum or inside of the rotor to hold the vehicle in place. They operate in a very similar manner as regular brake shoes and drums, and also require service after a period of time. Usually, bad or failing parking brake shoes will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential issue that should be serviced.

Parking brake does not properly hold vehicle

One of the first symptoms of a problem with the parking brake shoes is a parking brake that does not properly hold the vehicle. If the parking brake shoes become excessively worn, they will not be be able to properly grip and secure the weight of the vehicle. This may cause the vehicle to roll or lean when parked, especially on inclines or hills.

Parking brake does not function

Another symptom and a more serious issue is a parking brake that does not engage or hold the vehicle at all. If the parking brake shoes are severely worn, they will result in a non-operational parking brake that will not be able to hold the weight of the vehicle. This will cause the vehicle to lean and roll even when the pedal or handle are fully extended, which puts it at an increased risk of an accident.

Parking brakes shoes are a component found on virtually all road going vehicles, and play an important role in parking safety. If you suspect that your parking brake shoes may be worn or are having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic. They will be able to look over the car and replace any parking brake shoe if necessary.


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Eladio

8 years of experience
128 reviews
Eladio
8 years of experience
Honda Civic - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Greensboro, North Carolina
Eladio arrived at the scheduled time and was great to work with. He was very professional and I am very satisfied with his work. This was my first time using YourMechanic and I am very pleased with how easy and convenient this service has been from start to finish. Definitely would recommend.
Nissan Altima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Greensboro, North Carolina
Eladio was on time, expedient, and very professional. Very pleased with provided service (brake shoes replacement).

Chris

13 years of experience
107 reviews
Chris
13 years of experience
Hyundai Sonata - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Port Richey, Florida
CHRIS IS THE BEST MECHANIC I HAVE EVER MEET IN MY LIFE. HE IS HONEST AND HE KNOWS HIS STUFF. VERY PROFESSIONAL AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. THANK YOU CHRIS!!!

Pardeep

19 years of experience
587 reviews
Pardeep
19 years of experience
Dodge Caravan - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Fremont, California
Pradeep was early to my appointment and during his work he showed me that I didn’t need rear brake shoes saving me money.He cleaned and serviced the existing shoes and he also adjusted my parking brake cable. Great job. I will always use Your mechanic for any car repairs.

Oreste

12 years of experience
117 reviews
Oreste
12 years of experience
Dodge Avenger - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Miami, Florida
Orestes is very professional. He explained what was done to my vehicle and suggested upcoming maintenance needed. Great person

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