Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How to replace car Brake Cable?

The Brake cable is actually three parts: ---
A forward cable, intermediate cable and rear cable. 
The forward (front) cable attaches between the pull handle/foot pedal emergency brake actuator and the intermediate cable that's between the forward and rear cable units.The rear brake backing plate puts into motion the rear brake shoes/pads to prevent movement of the vehicle. Occasionally, you'll encounter another brake system cable that actuates a band/clamp style emergency brake set up.
See below how this cable looks

First inspect the brake cable components,before replacing it.
The details with proper diagram is as follows :----

Integral parking brake components.
  • Check the parking brake for free movement of the parking brake cables in the conduits.
  • If necessary, apply a lubricant to free the cables.
  • Check for worn equalizer and linkage parts.
  • Replace any defective parts.
  • Check for broken strands in the cables.
  • Replace any cable that has broken strands or shows signs of wear.
During a rear brake job, the emergency brake cables are disconnected from the brake linings.
  • This provides a good opportunity to lubricate the cables.
  • From the underside of the vehicle, pull the cables as far as possible.
  • Wipe them off and inspect them.
  • Apply clean grease to them and push them back into their sheaths.
  • Another way of lubricating a cable is to apply penetrating oil to its sheath (the metal cover that surrounds it).
  • Usually, you can only do this on the ends where the cable has no plastic insulating cover.

  • The parking brake cable usually has a spring-loaded clip that fits into the brake backing plate.
  • If a parking brake cable requires replacement, use a small hose clamp to help remove it from the backing plate.

See the image below for more help.

Use a small hose clamp to depress the retaining tabs.

This details will help you.
If you need dis-assembly or replacement instructions for any other auto/car part, or you want to ask question related to your car/truck jeep problem then please leave the comment with your details, so I can provide you the required instructions and solutions.
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  1. Excellent information. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi
    The first thing is your post is so informative. And the information you provide about replace car Brake Cable in by content or pics also to useful for me because I am also in this field. we produce Dodge Ram Parking Brake.
    Keep Posting that type of informational posts.

    Day One Automotive