Melanie Reiff
Updated on Aug 11, 2022
If your emergency/parking brake isn’t working correctly, your mechanic will check your brake system, parking brake cable, and parking brake lever. Cars are required to have operational parking brakes, so it’s important to make sure yours is functioning properly.
Problems with brakes can be tricky to navigate, so car insurance super app Jerry has listed all you need to know about emergency brake inspections.
The exact cost varies between different Smart models. For example, newer vehicle models are usually made with more expensive materials, so recent or high-end models will cost more, especially if your service requires a part replacement. Use the table below to estimate the cost for your own vehicle.

What does an emergency/parking brake inspection include?

During a parking brake inspection, the mechanic will examine your whole parking brake system, including the brake cable, brake lever, and other brake components. Parking brakes are usually activated by a hand lever or a foot pedal.
Parking brakes are attached to the rear brakes with a steel cable. Engaging the lever applies force to the cable, transferring force to the rear brakes and holding your car in place. If the parking brake isn’t working, you won’t have as much force to keep your car from rolling.

How to perform an emergency/parking brake inspection

During a parking brake inspection, your mechanic will check out a few potential causes of the problem:
  • Broken or rusted parking brake cable: If you don’t use your parking brake often, it’s susceptible to corrosion or rust, which can cause the brake cable to fail.
  • Seized parking brake: Sometimes you can forget to disengage your parking brake when driving—it happens. However, this can cause your brake to overheat, which wears down your braking pads and shoes or can even lock up your wheels.
  • Broken parking brake lever: The parking brake is designed to lock itself. When engaged, it’s supposed to stay locked until you release it via the lever. Over time, though, the springs inside the lever can wear out and break, which could prevent your parking brake from engaging or releasing.
  • Faulty parking brake sensor: You’ve probably noticed the red light on your dashboard telling you the parking brake is engaged. This works because of the parking brake sensor. If the sensor fails, your dash light stays illuminated even if you’ve released your brake.

When do I need to get my emergency/parking brake inspected?

Since emergency brakes are required in every car, it’s important to keep yours in decent working condition. You should get your parking brake system inspected as soon as you notice issues with it. If it’s a serious issue, it could cause further damage to your braking system—which could end up costing you more.

How to find cheap car insurance

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Keep in mind that your location is another factor that determines the final cost of repairs. Areas with higher cost of living will usually have more expensive car repair services, especially if there’s less local competition. Check out the table below for an estimate of what Smart drivers pay in different cities.
Jerry doesn’t just offer fair price repair estimates for Smart drivers! Our team of writers has collected everything you need to know for every car. Here’s how much the repair costs for some popular cars:
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1991
Chevrolet 
K2500
$269.14$209.14$60$331.861h
2001
BMW 
320i
$66.78$6.78$60$68.81h
2018
Ford 
Fusion
$154.78$94.78$60$183.21h
1987
Oldsmobile 
Cutlass Cruiser
$232.61$172.61$60$284.371h
2004
$288.26$228.26$60$356.721h
2007
$288.26$228.26$60$356.721h
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