Parking Brake Cable
Did your vehicle's parking brake cable finally snap after years of use? Then you better replace it as soon as possible. Keep in mind that without this cable, keeping your vehicle stationary while parked on an uphill or uneven surface will be tricky. So before a busted emergency brake cable causes more trouble, replace it by following the steps below.
Tools you'll need:
- Wire cutters
- Jack stands
- Wrench or socket
Step 1: Prep up your vehicle.
Lift your vehicle properly with the right type and size of jack and jack stands. Place jack stands on your vehicle's left side, prop up the front part of the frame with a stand, and place another on the rear part. Make sure you don't pinch or twist the brake cable as you lower your vehicle into the jack stands. Once the jack stands are securely placed under the car, release the parking brake.
Step 2: Unhook the parking brake cable from its rear link.
Tweak the cable to loosen it a bit. Use a wire cutter to get a grip on the ball at the end of the cable and pull it to the rear. Then, slide out the cable from the connector plate's groove. Pull out the cable by following its route from the front part of the vehicle to the pedal while removing clips and clamps that hold the cable in place.
Step 3: Remove the parking brake cable from the assembly.
Once the cable is unhooked from the rear connection, remove it from the pedal assembly by pulling the cable through its ball with a wire cutter. Once you have a good grip on the ball, slide the cable out of the pedal assembly groove. Get a good grip on the clip that holds the cable onto the hole with a pair of pliers. While squeezing the clip, rock it back and forth through the opening until the cable is disconnected from the assembly.
Step 4: Attach the new parking brake cable.
Push the new cable's front end into the hole as you pry the old clip with a screwdriver to securely hold the new cable in place. Place the cable along the pedal assembly's groove, making sure that it sits firmly in place. Pull the cable and reattach the clips and clamps you've removed, making sure that there's no slack on the tube. Link it into the rear connection by pulling it with a wire cutter. Adjust the cable as needed. Then, slide it along the groove of the connector plate. Keep on tweaking or adjusting the cable until there's no slack left. Engage the parking brake pedal to double-check tension. Adjust again if needed. Once the car is lowered back into the ground, take your car for a test drive to see if the new parking brake cable is properly installed.
- Use a flashlight to get a good look on every nook and cranny, especially when you're using a sharp tool (a pair of pliers or screwdrivers) when removing clamps and pulling out the cable.
- Have your car's manual with you to make sure you follow the right cable route.