Ask Bob: Emergency Brakes

by Bob DeP.

Dear Bob,
We have driven with the parking brake on by accident a few times; what does this affect?

You probably wore out the back brakes. Hopefully, the drums were not effected. One weekend when it's nice outside, jack it up and take a wheel off to inspect the brakes. I believe the emergency brake is the rear shoe. If you see any metal showing through, then it's too late. The drum may be damaged. If you see any uneven wear, replace them. Now, when replacing the rear brakes, get the hardware kit. It has all the springs that you need and makes life easy. And only do one at a time. That way you have a reference to look at. And finally, if you're not comfortable with this type of repair, take it to a professional. Remember, not being able to stop can be dangerous!
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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