2005 Chevy Impala Emergency Brake Repair

Tiny
TTHORN1
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  • 2005 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 72,000 MILES
I took my 05 Chevy Impala in for a safety inspection and it didn't pass the emergency brake test. The emergency brake pads were worn out almost completely, enough to where they didn't stop or slow down. First, How do I repair my emergency brake pads and can the pads be purchased and installed or do I need to install an emergency drum set? Second, how are all the above to be done?
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Thursday, May 14th, 2009 AT 9:48 PM

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Tiny
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You may have gotten two different things mixed up. The parking/emergency brake is not meant to slow down or stop the vehicle. It is meant to prevent the vehicle from moving AFTER it is parked. Your regular brake pads (70% front 30% rear) are responsible to stop the vehicle.

Can you write down what exactly what was written on the safety inspection paperwork?
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Saturday, May 16th, 2009 AT 12:17 AM
Tiny
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Parking Brake System - Does not hold vehicle
Explain Rejection Fully: parking brake will not hold vehicle in drive

When he showed me the emergency brake drum, he showed me how worn the shoe was, and said it was so worn it doesn't have enough impact. I asked, how could that happen when I have never used it except for probably 3 times, and I know I didn't drive with the parking brake light on. He said that the previous owner might have. Also, the reason it hasn't been noticed until now is because I was living in Wyoming for the time that I've owned the car until now (In Texas) and Wy doesn't require you to have your car inspected when you reregister your car. Thanks so much for your help.
Trent
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Saturday, May 16th, 2009 AT 9:09 AM
Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_05impalapark1_1.jpg


1. Raise and support the vehicle.
2. Remove the rear tire and wheel assemblies.
3. Relieve the park brake system tension at the equalizer assembly.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_05impalapark2_1.jpg


4. Remove the rear caliper bracket.
5. Remove the rear rotor.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_05impalapark3_1.jpg


6. Disconnect and remove the rear park brake cable from the bracket at the rear wheel.
7. Disconnect the park brake cable return spring from the park brake actuator and bracket at the rear
wheel.
8. Remove the rear hub.

The rear hub, backing plate, park brake cable bracket, and park brake actuator will be removed as
an assembly.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_05impalapark4_1.jpg


9. Remove the 2 retainers (9) and the park brake cable bracket ( 8 ) from the park brake actuator (4).
Position the rear hub aside.
10. Remove the park brake shoe and actuator (4) from the backing plate (7).
11. Separate the park brake shoe from the actuator.
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Monday, May 18th, 2009 AT 12:35 AM

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