Emergency / Parking Brake Shoe Installation w/ Ease

Aug 17, 2018

The Importance of Proper Emergency Brake Shoe Installation

When it comes to your vehicle's safety, the emergency or parking brake plays a crucial role. A properly installed emergency brake shoe ensures that your vehicle remains stationary, preventing any unforeseen accidents and providing you with peace of mind. Here at Grafco Electric, we understand the importance of this installation process, which is why we have developed comprehensive instructions and expert tips to help you get the job done correctly.

Step-by-Step Guide for Emergency Brake Shoe Installation

We have outlined a detailed step-by-step guide below to assist you with the emergency brake shoe installation process. By following these instructions carefully, you can ensure a successful installation and maintain the safety of your vehicle:

Step 1: Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials

Before beginning the installation, gather the following tools and materials:

  • Socket wrench set
  • Screwdriver set
  • Brake cleaner
  • New emergency brake shoes
  • New brake hardware
  • Service manual (specific to your vehicle make and model)

Step 2: Lift and Secure the Vehicle

To access the emergency brake shoes, lift your vehicle using an appropriate lifting device and secure it with jack stands. Ensure that the vehicle is stable and won't move during the installation process.

Step 3: Remove the Old Brake Shoes

Start by removing the brake drum to gain access to the brake shoes. Carefully inspect the shoes for wear and damage, and if necessary, replace them with new ones. Use the service manual as a reference to ensure you follow the specific instructions for your vehicle.

Step 4: Clean and Inspect the Brake Components

Thoroughly clean the brake components using a brake cleaner, removing any dirt, debris, or brake dust. Once clean, inspect the components for any signs of wear or damage. If necessary, replace the hardware to ensure optimal performance.

Step 5: Install the New Brake Shoes

Take the new emergency brake shoes and carefully position them in the correct location, following the service manual's instructions. Ensure they fit properly and align with the brake drum. Use the necessary clips, springs, and pins to secure the shoes in place.

Step 6: Reassemble and Test

Once the new brake shoes are in place, reassemble the brake drum and ensure all components are properly secured. Lower the vehicle to the ground and test the emergency brake to ensure it engages and disengages correctly. If further adjustments are necessary, consult the service manual or seek professional assistance.

Expert Tips for Emergency Brake Shoe Installation

At Grafco Electric, we want to make sure your emergency brake shoe installation is as smooth as possible. Here are some expert tips to help you during the process:

  • Take pictures or document the disassembly process to aid reassembly.
  • Inspect and clean the brake drum when performing the installation for better performance.
  • Apply an appropriate lubricant to moving parts to ensure smooth operation.
  • Always follow the service manual provided by the vehicle manufacturer for specific instructions.
  • If you are unsure about any step of the installation process, consult a qualified professional.


With our comprehensive step-by-step guide and expert tips, you can confidently install emergency brake shoes in your vehicle. Safety is our priority, and we encourage you to prioritize it too. Should you require any further assistance or have any questions, feel free to reach out to the team at Grafco Electric. We are here to help you ensure the proper functioning of your emergency brake system.