Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Emergency / Parking Brake Shoe

parking brake shoe

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.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.

ASK A QUESTION

More related articles

How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
Auto Safety Tips
Driving is more than a way to get from point A to point B. Owning and driving a car can also be a highly enjoyable experience. Whether a person is driving...


Related questions

Q: Emergency brake lever broke

Hi. I'm not sure if you mean the cable broke of the lever itself. In any case, you'll need to replace the failed components in order to fix your vehicle. There is no workaround way to release the emergency brake....

Q: My car is making a crunching noise, even rolling in neutral. More so on uneven ground.

A hard grinding noise especially when braking is generally a sign there is a bad wheel bearing or there may be metal on metal contact on the brake rotor from a completely worn brake pad. If the grind is bad...

Q: I have a 97 Jeep Cherokee that won't start. When I turn the key over, the Brake Warning Light comes on as if the parking break is on

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The brake light is tied into the alternator and also the neutral safety switch. If the alternator is not producing enough voltage, then the brake light will light up. If the power is...