How to Replace Emergency Brakes in a Dodge Durango

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The emergency brakes on your vehicle were originally used to stop it when the regular brakes failed. However, the brakes on a Dodge Durango now rarely fail and the emergency brakes are more often used to keep the vehicle from moving while parked. The most common source of failure for emergency brakes occurs when they aren't used for a period of time, causing the brake cable to rust and seize.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Brake lever releasing tool
  • Thin bladed screwdriver
  • Rear brake drum kit
  • Socket wrench set

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  1. 1

    Determine which type of emergency brakes your Dodge Durango will need. Emergency brakes typically function by activating the regular braking system on the driving wheels. The emergency brakes for the Dodge Durango use the rear wheels, which have drum brakes.

  2. 2

    Raise and support the vehicle. Remove the rear wheel and tire with a socket wrench.

  3. 3

    Release the brakes. Use a lever-releasing tool to depress the adjuster lever and turn the starwheel with a pry tool such as a thin bladed screwdriver if your vehicle has Bendix brakes. If you have Chrysler servo brakes, insert a thin bladed screwdriver through the adjusting hole and hold the adjusting lever away from the starwheel.

  4. 4

    Remove the axle shaft nuts with a socket wrench and disconnect the washers and cones. Rap the axle shaft sharply in the center if the cones do not release readily.

  5. 5

    Use a socket wrench to remove the axle shaft and outer hub nut. Straighten the lock washer tab to remove it and take off the inner nut and bearing. Remove the brake drum carefully from the axle housing.

  6. 6

    Install the new rear brake and fasten the bearing and inner nut. Tighten the adjusting nut with a socket wrench while rotating the wheel and tire until a slight drag is felt. Loosen the adjusting nut 1/6 turn so the wheel can rotate freely without excessive wobbling.

  7. 7

    Complete the installation by reversing the removal procedure and road test your vehicle.

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