Nissan Pathfinder Emergency Brake Cable Replacement Cost

Know what price you should pay to get your vehicle fixed.

The average cost for a Nissan Pathfinder emergency brake cable replacement is between $262 and $314. Labor costs are estimated between $193 and $245 while parts are priced at $69. 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.

How does the emergency brake cable work?

The parking brake cable is held in a fixed position, and when the parking brake lever is pulled, pressed, or electronically engaged, the cable is pulled tight. For disc brake systems, this tension presses the rear brakes pads into the rear brake rotor, or, for drum brakes, the rear brake shoes will be pressed into the rear brake drum. Many modern vehicles with rear disc brakes have an auxiliary drum brake inside the brake rotor that is actuated by the cable. This protects the service brakes if the parking brake is left engaged while driving.

What are the symptoms related to a bad emergency brake cable?

When setting the parking brake does not result in the wheels fully locking, the lever may be far easier to press or pull than normal. You may notice the vehicle tries to roll, and is caught by the transmission. 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 being 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.

Can I drive with a emergency brake cable problem?

It is not safe to operate any vehicle with any braking problem. If there is 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 could cause 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.

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How often do emergency brake cables need to be replaced?

Most vehicles will never need the parking brake cable replaced, and those with problems will typically be greater than 10 years old with over 145,000 miles. This will fluctuate with operating conditions and use. vehicles in colder climates, where salt is used to clear roads of ice, will exhibit more frequent failure. This is because of the corrosive properties of salty water causing deterioration of the cable, or the cable’s protective sheath.

Emergency Brake Cable Replacement Cost Estimates

The average cost for an Emergency Brake Cable Replacement is between $262 and $314 but can vary from car to car.