Parking Brake Shoe Replacement

Step by step guide on how to replace an automotive parking brake shoe. This article pertains to all vehicles equipped with a parking brake shoe.

Difficulty Scale: 4 of 10

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • Wrench set
  • Socket set
  • Lug wrench
  • Hydraulic jack
  • Jack stands
  • Replacement parking brake shoes
  • Shop towels
  • Protective eyewear and gloves.
  • Hammer
Begin with the vehicle on level ground, in park, safely lifted in the air and supported with jack stands for service.

Step 1
- After the vehicle is safely lifted for service, remove the lug nut cover or hubcap if equipped.

Removing Lug Nut Cover

Step 2 - With the lug nut cover loose, remove it from the wheel.

Lug Nut Cover Removed

Step 3 - Using a air impact loosen the wheel lug nuts. If a lug wrench is used, loosen the lugs one turn while the vehicle is still on the ground.

Remove Lug Nuts

Step 4 - Next, grasp the wheel and lift to remove the wheel off of the wheel studs and away from the vehicle. Slide the tire under the vehicle for added safety.

Remove Wheel



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Article first published (Updated 2013-10-27)