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How-to » Brakes » Linkage & Controls » How to Replace a Parking Brake Cable
 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Replace a Parking Brake Cable

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  • Parking Brake Cable
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1
Locate the parking brake lever.
2
On a level surface, pull on the parking brake lever to actuate the parking brake.
3
Place the transmission in drive and release the brake pedal.
4
Place the parking brake control lever in the release position.
5
Disconnect the rear parking brake cable and the front cable from the equalizer bar.
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6
Gain access to the bottom of the parking brake control assembly and remove the front cable from the pivot hole. You should now have the front cable removed from the assembly.
7
Raise the vehicle and support it on jack stands.
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8
Remove the wheel and tire.
9
Remove the brake drum from the hub to gain access to the inside of the drum assembly. Rear disc brake assemblies have a disc brake and caliper that will need to be pulled out
10
On the wheel side of the backing plate, disconnect the parking brake cable from the lever attached to the brake shoe.
11
Pull the cable through the backing plate. You should now have the rear cable fully disconnected from the vehicle.
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12
Replace the damaged cables with their new parts and install.
13
Slide the rear cable through the backing plate and attach it to the parking brake lever.
14
Assemble the brake drum or brake disc assembly to its original condition.
15
Install the wheel and tire. Lower the vehicle to the ground and torque the lug nuts to 100 ft lbs .
16
Connect the rear cables to the equalizer, making sure that the routing of the cables are back to their original positions.
17
Connect the front cable to the parking brake control assembly and route the cable to the equalizer.
18
Connect the front cable to the equalizer.
19
Once the parking brake cable is back to its original position, remove the pin in the parking brake control assembly to remove tension.
20
Apply and release the parking brake several times. The self adjusting cable should now have full tension.
21
Road test vehicle and verify the parking brake cable repair.
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