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What does a handbrake shoe do?

Handbrake shoes are very similar to brake shoes but are used inside the brake discs on vehicles that have rear brake pads and discs.

How does a handbrake shoe work?

When you pull or electronically activate the parking brake in your car the handbrake shoes, located inside the discs, will be forced against the internal surface and thus prevent the wheel from turning.

How do you know there is something wrong with the Handbrake shoes?

  • When the vehicle rolls or moves despite having engaged the handbrake.
  • When the hand brake appears to be stuck and doesn't release.

When should you consider a Handbrake shoe replacement?

Over time the handbrake shoe's condition is prone to deterioration. This can be identified by a moving or rolling car despite having the handbrake engaged. If you experience any problems with the handbrake it is advisable to have it inspected and, if necessary, replace the brake shoes.

How common is handbrake shoes replacement?

As the sole function of these parts is to lock a wheel in place once it is stationary, there is very little actual wear on them. Over time though they can disintegrate with age, but it is very rare.

How can I extend the life of my handbrake shoes?

There is only one thing to remember and that is to make sure the vehicle is already stationary before applying the handbrake, as this will prevent any actual frictional wear.

What happens during a Handbrake Shoe replacement?

  • Mechanic will inspect the handbrake system.
  • If necessary, the handbrake shoes will be replaced.
  • Mechanic will calibrate the if electronically applied.
  • Mechanic will test the handbrake.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will make any adjustments to optimise the operation of the handbrake.

Is the handbrake shoe checked during an MOT?

Yes, the MOT tester will check the efficiency of the handbrake in order for it to pass the test. If the MOT tester finds that the handbrake does not hold or grip the drums as a result of being excessively worn out then it will fail the MOT test.

How much does a Handbrake Shoe Replacement cost?

The cost of a handbrake shoe replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your handbrake shoe replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a handbrake shoe replacement, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Handbrake pads/shoes. We have handbrake shoe replacement prices for 30 different manufacturers.

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Audi

£115 £168 - £216 Get exact price

BMW

£108 £151 - £195 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£91 £137 - £152 Get exact price

Chrysler

£115 £161 - £172 Get exact price

Citroen

£198 £349 - £364 Get exact price

Dodge

£121 £213 - £213 Get exact price

Fiat

£151 £248 - £262 Get exact price

Honda

£125 £208 - £215 Get exact price

Hyundai

£115 £160 - £209 Get exact price

Iveco

£163 £318 - £318 Get exact price

Jaguar

£119 £155 - £229 Get exact price

Jeep

£125 £160 - £212 Get exact price

Kia

£113 £157 - £194 Get exact price

Land Rover

£157 £223 - £272 Get exact price

Lexus

£136 £200 - £243 Get exact price

Mazda

£119 £163 - £163 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£174 £261 - £354 Get exact price

MG

£85 £144 - £145 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£133 £186 - £261 Get exact price

Nissan

£100 £145 - £165 Get exact price

Peugeot

£181 £273 - £349 Get exact price

Porsche

£154 £259 - £265 Get exact price

Rover

£82 £137 - £142 Get exact price

Saab

£89 £135 - £142 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£148 £210 - £210 Get exact price

Subaru

£92 £126 - £157 Get exact price

Toyota

£120 £143 - £243 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£98 £136 - £217 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£146 £200 - £276 Get exact price

Volvo

£92 £137 - £146 Get exact price

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Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a handbrake shoe replacement, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Handbrake Shoe replacement quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£115.07

Parking brake pads/shoes replacement (all)

BMW 3 Series
Highgate
£130.15

Parking brake pads/shoes replacement (all)

BMW X5
Nottingham
£147.97

Parking brake pads/shoes replacement (all)

Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Chorley
£128.13

Parking brake pads/shoes replacement (all)

Honda CR-V
London

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