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Parking Brake Cable Repair & Replacement

What does the parking brake cable do?

Located underneath your vehicle, the parking brake cable is what connects the handbrake/footbrake to the parking brake shoes or disc brake pads. The hand / foot / parking brake cable allows the system to be completely independent of your vehicle’s hydraulic system, meaning it can be engaged in any situation.

When the parking brake is engaged, the cable allows for the hand / foot / parking brake shoes / pads to push against the drum or disc. This creates a clamping action which keeps the car from rolling.

Learn more about how parking brakes work >


Causes of a damaged parking brake cable:

Wearing and rust can cause damage to the parking brake cable over time, eventually causing it to malfunction

Normally when hand / foot / parking brake cables fail, they are seized on all the time, have stretched and therefore can no longer be adjusted or the cable snaps,


Symptoms of a failing parking brake cable:

The brake light is on – The brake warning light may stay on, even when the parking brake is released.

Parking brake becomes stuck – The parking brake may become stuck or jammed due to a seized cable.

Reduced parking brake effectiveness – Your vehicle may still roll even when the parking brake is engaged. This is dangerous and can cause accidents.


How important is a parking brake cable repair?

It is important that your vehicle remains still when the parking brake is engaged. We recommend that you get the parking brake examined by a mechanic as soon as you notice the problem. This will allow you to avoid accidents.

If seeing a mechanic is not an option, avoid parking on hills and get someone (who knows how to drive) to stay in your car when you exit it. In the event that the vehicle rolls, they will be able to start the vehicle and apply the brakes.


Parking brake cable repair & replacement in Hamilton

At Grimmer Motors, we can replace your vehicle’s parking brake cable. This will improve your vehicle’s safety while it is parked.

Our mechanics are experienced, honest and provide reliable repairs you can count on. For parking brake repairs in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!



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