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How much does it cost to replace a parking brake release cable?

Plan on paying an average total of $315 to $350+ for the parking brake cable replacement. Your specific bill will depend on your car.
The only part you truly need to buy is a replacement parking brake release cable that fits your vehicle. However, you’ll also need other automotive tools to make the installation process go smoothly. For instance, a mechanic might use a floor jack, lug wrench, parking brake release cable tool, torque wrench, wheel chocks, safety glasses, and more!
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my parking brake release cable replacement and how much do those parts cost?

The exact parts needed for your parking brake release cable replacement will depend on your vehicle’s specifications, but here are the general requirements:
  1. Parking brake release cable: The release cable disengages the parking brake when the parking brake lever or button is released. The cost of a parking brake release cable varies depending on whether you purchase an OEM or aftermarket part, but on average, it costs between $30 to $100.
  2. Parking brake release lever: If your parking brake release cable is damaged, your release lever or handle may need to be replaced as well. Parking brake release levers typically cost $10 to $50.
  3. Cable adjuster: In some vehicles, the parking brake release cable’s tension is adjusted by an adjuster. A damaged or malfunctioning adjuster will need to be replaced to ensure the parking brake release cable works correctly. Cable adjusters usually cost $5 to $20.
  4. Cable mounting brackets: Typically, parking brake release cables are mounted and secured by clips or brackets, which will need to be replaced if they are worn or damaged. On average, brackets or clips cost $5 to $20 each.
We recommend purchasing these parts at local auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and NAPA Auto Parts, as well as online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. We also recommend reputable brands such as ACDelco, Dorman, and Genuine are recommended for parking brake release cable components, ensuring reliable and smooth operation of your vehicle's parking brake system. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.

Where can I get my parking brake release cable replaced?

If you don’t have a trusted mechanic, don’t worry! Jerry's
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Here’s how it works. Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares the fair repair cost estimates from tons of auto repair shops using their actual hourly labor cost. Use the information to find out if you’ll be charged for diagnostic fees or other expenses. Then, read through real reviews to see how customers rate the services.
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174 Reviews
RepairSmith - Greater Los Angeles

Parking Brake Release Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$489
(Parts - $190, Labor - $299)
156 Reviews
Otwell's Auto and Tire Care
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7304 Indiana Ave # 1, Riverside, CA
Parking Brake Release Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$476
(Parts - $190, Labor - $286)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$125
177 Reviews
54th Street Auto Center
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415 W 54th St, New York, NY
Parking Brake Release Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$609
(Parts - $190, Labor - $419)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$191
154 Reviews
61 Auto Center
address
1226 Centre Ave, Reading, PA
Parking Brake Release Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$320
(Parts - $190, Labor - $130)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$70
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Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will the mechanic replace the parking brake release cable?

It’s a good idea to take your car to a dealership or a qualified mechanic. Although replacing a cable seems simple enough, some emergency brake cables are combined with multiple cables that run throughout your vehicle, making it a challenge to DIY. 
Plus, a mechanic can inspect the entire braking system, including your brake calipers, brake fluid, brake rotors, and parking brake shoes, to see if any other parts need repairing or replacing.
Here’s how a mechanic will fix your braking mechanism. They will:
  1. Secure the wheels and locate the parking brake cable. If the cable is underneath the vehicle, they’ll hoist or jack up your car.
  2. Remove the dash panels to access the parking brake cable.
  3. Remove the faulty parking brake cable. The mechanic will also remove any support fasteners that hold the cable in place.
  4. Install the new parking brake cable and reattach the support fasteners.
  5. Reinstall the dash panels and check the parking brake to ensure the new release cable works correctly.

What happens if I don’t replace my parking brake cable?

Unfortunately, driving with a damaged or failing cable can cause a lot of problems, including:
  • A completely broken parking brake
  • Noticeable drag on your vehicle
  • Wear and tear on the transmission

What does the parking brake release cable do?

When you push the parking brake pedal button or pull the parking brake lever (also known as the handbrake), the parking brake cable stops the vehicle from moving. If your car has drum brakes, the cable pulls another lever to squeeze the brake shoes, which stops the car. If your vehicle has disc brakes, the cable activates a corkscrew-like device that pushes a piston into the brake pads. 
Either way, the parking brake creates friction that stops your car from moving. Most mechanics and insurance companies recommend applying the parking brake whenever you park your vehicle.

How much time does it take to replace a parking brake release cable?

It generally takes around 1-3 hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Most mechanics that provide brake service will perform a preliminary inspection to decide if the cable truly needs replacing. If so, they’ll remove the old cable and install original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. Ask your mechanic to use aftermarket parts if you’re trying to save a little money.

FAQs

Changing the battery cables is a quick process for most vehicles, requiring only a few basic hand tools. It’s as simple as disconnecting the terminals, removing the batteries, then removing the cables before replacing them with new ones.
If you’re having a professional change your battery cables—or your car still has a dealership warranty—they can finish the job in about an hour. If you’re changing them yourself, the process may take a bit longer.
If your battery cables are bad, your car won’t start. Corroded or damaged battery cables prevent power from reaching the starter, resulting in an engine that won’t crank. You’ll also have no electrical power since bad battery cables isolate the battery from the car’s electrical system, preventing the lights and accessories from working properly.
Yes, the battery cables are designed to complete the electrical circuit. A loose or corroded battery cable can interfere with the battery charging system and lead to a dead battery. Corrosion can also build up between the battery post and cable, causing electrical resistance.

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