Chrysler Town & Country Replace Emergency Brakes

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The original purpose of emergency brakes was to stop your vehicle in an emergency. Fortunately, the brakes on a Chrysler Town & Country rarely fail and the emergency brakes are most commonly used to keep the vehicle from moving while parked. The most likely type of failure for emergency brakes is when the brake cable rusts and seizes after being unused for a long period.

Tools Used[edit]

Brake lubricant
Rear brakes shoes kit
Locking pliers
Socket wrench

Replace Emergency Brakes[edit]

  • Determine which type of emergency brakes your Chrysler Town & Country will need. Emergency brakes typically function by activating the regular braking system on the driving wheels. The emergency brakes for the Chrysler Town & Country minivan use drum brakes on the rear wheels.
  • Raise the vehicle. Release the parking brake pedal completely and maintain some slack in the rear parking brake cables by clamping a pair of locking pliers onto the parking brake cable just behind the rear body outrigger bracket. Remove the rear wheels and pull the brake drums off the wheel studs.
  • Disconnect the hold-down clip and pin for the trailing brake shoe and remove the trailing brake shoe with a socket wrench. Separate the parking brake actuating lever and strut from the brake support plate. Remove the automatic adjuster assembly, hold-down clip and pin from the leading brake shoe. Remove the leading brake shoe and disconnect the parking brake actuator plate from the leading brake shoe with a socket wrench.
  • Clean and dry the backing plate thoroughly. Lubricate the eight-brake shoe contact areas and brake shoe anchor with suitable grease but ensure there is no grease on the brake shoe linings.
  • Install the new rear brake shoes by reversing the removal procedure. The automatic adjuster will continue to adjust the brake shoes during the road test.