September 30

2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel – Parking Brake Replacement

Auto Repair, Dodge Trucks


Our latest featured service is parking brake replacement on a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Pickup, brought to us by a client from Whistler, BC.

Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 with Cummins Diesel


The 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel uses 4 wheel disc brakes with a separate parking brake system. It consists of brake shoes incorporated into a drum which is part of the rear brake rotor. This is a popular system found on many cars and light trucks.

Our featured Dodge Ram came to us with many concerns: one was that the parking brake pedal went to the floor and would not hold the vehicle. A functional parking brake is critical on this vehicle as it is equipped with a manual transmission. Upon dismantling the brakes we found a number of broken and worn out parts along with severely rusted brake drums. Being a resident of Whistler and using this truck to haul around equipment for winter sports the road salt had ferociously attacked the parking brake components.

Repairs involved replacing a seized left brake cable, replacing the shoes which had delaminated, replacing springs and hardware along with the drums. Further service including cleaning the backing plates and lubricating all necessary components. After assembly and proper adjustment the parking brake worked like new.

We repair many vehicles with this style of parking brake system. Most times it is just the shoes that delaminate; this truck, due to its harsh winter road driving required a more extreme service.

For more about parking brake systems click here

For more about the Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel click here

Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel
Old parking brake components. At bottom is rotor/drum assembly. The blue arrow points to the severely rusted parking brake drum surface. This should be shiny smooth steel. The green arrows point to one delaminated brake shoe.

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Bernie Pawlik

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