Dodge Grand Caravan Parking Brake Shoe Replacement Cost

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Parking Brake Shoe Replacement
The average cost for a Dodge Grand Caravan parking brake shoe replacement is between $318 and $370. Labor costs are estimated between $193 and $245 while parts are priced at $125. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: This service is typically done as part of a bigger, more expensive repair, so the estimate you see above may not represent your total cost. Some of these bigger related repairs are listed in the table below. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs may be right for you.
Parking Brake Shoe Replacement

What is a parking brake shoe?

In most vehicles, the parking brake, also called the emergency brake, uses a cable connected to the rear brakes to manually set the brake when the vehicle is not occupied. In certain vehicles, the parking brake set with the parking brake lever is not the normal service brake, but, instead, is a separate system specifically designed to lock the rear wheels while parked.

How does the parking brake shoe work?

The parking brake cable is held in a fixed position, and when the parking brake lever is pulled, pressed, or electronically engaged, the parking brake cable is pulled tight. Many modern vehicles with rear disc brakes have an auxiliary drum brake inside the brake rotor that is actuated by the parking brake cable. This protects the service brakes if the parking brake is left engaged while driving. They work like a typical drum brake, but are about half the size, meaning they do not produce enough braking force to stop the vehicle. They do, however, produce sufficient holding force to prevent the vehicle from rolling.

What are the symptoms related to a bad parking brake shoe?

When setting the parking brake does not result in the wheels fully locking, the lever may feel normal, or may be far easier to press or pull than normal. You may notice the vehicle tries to roll, and is stopped by the transmission. Upon restarting the vehicle, moving the selector lever from park may be very difficult, and produce a loud clunking sound as the lever snaps from park to reverse.

This is particularly dangerous for manual transmission vehicles, as the transmission does not have a secondary lock, and the weight of the vehicle may allow it to roll, even if the gear selector is placed in a forward or reverse gear. vehicles with electronically actuated parking brakes may display a warning on the drivers information center, alerting to the danger of the failed parking brake.

Lastly, the parking lever can fail to return to the disengaged position after released. In this situation the lever will exhibit a total loss of tension, but may provide resistance if manually pressed or pulled into the disengaged position.

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Can I drive with a parking brake shoe problem?

It is not safe to operate any vehicle with any braking problem. If there exists any sign that the brakes are not performing as originally intended, the vehicle should immediately be placed out of service, and repaired. If the parking brake does not function properly, this could be a sign of rear brake failure, or, at a minimum, cause the hazard of a runaway vehicle. When the vehicle is parked prior to repair, the wheels should be blocked from movement by a sturdy piece of material. This is normally a piece of wood, or a chock block.

How often do parking brake shoes need to be replaced?

Replacement of the auxiliary parking brake pads will never occur on most vehicles, however, the main cause of failure is driving with the parking brake engaged, or auxiliary brake shoe retaining hardware breakage. These occur at all ranges of mileage and vehicle age because they are normally due to misuse of the parking brake. When the rear service brakes are changed, the auxiliary brake shoes will not normally require replacement, as they do not show normal wear patterns. This is because, normally, they do not contact the auxiliary brake drum while the vehicle is in motion.