Replacing Parking/Emergency Brake

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Symptom: Has your Emergency Brake become more and more tired and eventually start to make noise and or become useless?

Project Box
Part Number(s): 1264200120 - also buy the kit of misc springs, etc.
Part Cost: $25
Best Place to buy: Standard Places
Cost to Have it done in a shop: $
Difficulty Level: 5
How long it may take: 1 hour
Frequency: 5 years?
Tools needed:
Special tools needed: Spring tool very helpful!


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Well first you should try a few things before you replace them.

Adjusting Parking/Emergency Brake

1. You can adjust the springs within the rear wheels

2. Adjust the tension in the line on the middle of your car.

Anyways, if you've tried those, and they don't work, or hear some weird scraping sounds, and have decided you want to replace them: Here you go!

Your Rear Emergency Brake pads are in your rear wheels, under the rotor.

The first-first step is to RELEASE your parking brake!

1. Break (loosen) the lugs on your wheel, and then jack the car up, put your jack stands up, and then take off your wheel. Put your wheel just in front of your rotor, so you will have a place to put your caliper when you take it off. (Or you can use a small garden stool, or SOMETHING just so your caliper isn't dangling.

2. Take off the calipers via the two big bolts on the inside of the caliper. It will still be attached to your car (duh) so set it on your nearby box.

2. Using a 19MM socket, take off your caliper. It's the TWO huge bolts, on the inner side of your car. The pictured image below is of a front caliper. The read doesn't have that black plastic thing.

3. Put the caliper on some sort of stool/wheel, whatever.

4. Nicely persuade the rotor to come off. You may need a rubber mallet, or something stronger. Just get it off. Don't hurt it.

5. Thar she be! (in red) Notice the little gear/star like object? With that one can adjust the parking brake.

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6. What I did.... ahem... was just to look and see how the parking brakes went on, (study them, take pictures, build the new kit outside the car, just so you get it) and then broke the springs off by just twisting them with a strong pair of needle noise pliers until the springs snapped off and the parking brakes fell to the floor.

7. Then you can put then new ones on, this is pretty tricky, but you can do it.

edit: I started with the bottom spring, then top spring. Then prying apart the top of the shoes to get the adjuster into place. The small circular springs which hold each shoe in place are very tricky. We ended up inserting a flat head screwdriver through the bolt hole in the wheel hub (you can get the holes to line up by turning the axle) and pressing down through the center of the spring with the flat head screwdriver while twisting. After a little work you will get them to hook into their holes on the backside of the parking brake assembly.

8. You will then want to adjust the parking brake and make it as tight as possible. Put the caliper on, and turn the wheel and see how smooth it goes.

You want it to be smooth and friction free. Then you can adjust the tension via that gear, until you can feel it start to rub a little bit. Then back off on the tension, and then go in and stomp on your parking brake. Logically, you should figure this stuff out and can troubleshoot it until it's right. You don't want to drive around with your parking brake "sort of" on all the time. That can't be good for mileage, etc.

Adjusting Parking/Emergency Brake