What does the parking brake cable do?

The parking brake, also known as the emergency brake or hand brake, is a critical safety feature of your car. It is designed to keep your vehicle from rolling away or moving when parked. The parking brake is engaged by pulling a lever or pressing a pedal, which activates the brake cables and applies the brake shoes to the rear wheels. 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.

One important component of the parking brake system is the parking brake cable. These cables are responsible for transmitting the force from the brake lever or pedal to the brake shoes, and over time, they can become worn or damaged. If the parking brake cables are damaged, the parking brake may not function properly, which can be dangerous.


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 replacement?

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 installation & replacement in Hamilton

Regular maintenance is key to ensure your vehicle’s parking brake is working correctly, and to keep you and your passengers safe. Don’t wait until it’s too late to have your parking brake checked. Schedule an appointment today to have your parking brake cables inspected, and keep your vehicle running at its best.

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 services you can count on. For installation of new parking brake cables in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!


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