Why Buy a New Parking Brake Lever?
The parking brake is one of the main safety features of any vehicle. This mechanism not only allows you to secure your vehicle while its parked, but it also serves as a backup for your hydraulic brake when it fails. It can be a life saver when things take a turn for the worse on the road. That's the very reason why you should put effort in keeping it in tip-top shape.
When you're having problems with your parking brake, you can bet that the parking brake lever isn't the root cause. After all, a broken parking brake lever is a rare sight since it's made from steel and it's safely situated in the middle of the driver's seat and the passenger seat. Still, you may want to replace it to for preferential purposes. Read on to know what factors you should consider when you're looking for a new parking brake lever.
The most important advice that we could give you when buying a new parking brake lever is to find a lever that you can be comfortable with. A lot of motorists opt to replace their old lever because it's too long and hits their legs when driving. And mind you, that's something even drivers of average height experience. If you too find your current lever bothersome, go for something shorter.
Aside from choosing your preferred size, we recommend that you get an OEM parking brake lever. An OEM lever is highly functional and won't give you any major problems during installation-it should fit perfectly in your parking brake assembly. And even though an OEM parking brake lever is of great quality, you'll find that they aren't expensive at all. In fact, you can buy one for as low as $15. That's a very small price to pay if you want to replace your bothersome parking brake.
Taking Care of Your Parking Brake Lever
While the hydraulic brake may be working fine, you'll still need to fix the parking brake whenever there's something wrong with it. After all, you won't be able to brake on a slope or secure your parked car properly without it. Plus, the parking brake can be a lifesaver when your hydraulic brake does fail you.
Below is a guide on what to do if your parking brake lever doesn't seem to be working properly.
Problem: The Parking Brake Lever Isn't Reacting
You most likely have a case of a broken parking brake cable. Don't worry though as this can be easily fixed by replacing it with a new one. Follow the steps below on how to install a new cable.
Difficulty level: ModerateTools:
- Jack stands
- Tire iron
- Socket wrench
Step 1: Lift the rear end of your car. Place jack stands underneath it afterwards.
Step 2: Use your tire iron to remove one of the rear wheels. Once it has been removed, detach the brake drum that's in that wheel.
Step 3: With the brake shoes now exposed, disconnect the broken cable. It's attached to several components so you'd have to work on each attachment to completely detach the old cable.
Step 4: Now, you can install the new cable. Slide it through the backing plate and attach it to the parking brake lever. Make sure that it's connected to each of the areas that your old cable was attached to.
Step 5: Put everything that you removed earlier back into their respective places.
Problem: Stuck Parking Brake Lever Button
The parking brake lever button can get stuck and you may eventually have to replace it at some point. Replacing the parking brake lever button is very easy, although the methods on how to do it vary depending on the vehicle's make and model (check your car manual for the correct procedure). Still, it's nothing complicated (most methods involve nothing more than removing a few screws here and there) so you need not worry.
Customizing Your Parking Brake Lever
If you're not having any problems with the lever, then you may want to merely replace it for aesthetic purposes. For instance, you may want a shorter lever or one that's more stylish.
Fortunately, replacing your old parking brake lever is as easy as replacing the lever button. And just like the button, the methods for replacing the parking brake lever vary depending on the vehicle's make and model. Again, check your car manual for the correct procedure.