2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: New Shoes Set Us Back a Few Bills
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 13, 2015
In our last maintenance post, a few readers said they didn't know that a car could have rear brake pads and brake shoes that controlled the parking brake. But our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 does. And as Edmunds commenter Blackecoram noted, these shoes wear out over time and eventually need replacement.
This forum thread offers plenty of photos and even a step-by-step guide on how to change the shoes yourself. It's for a Dodge Magnum, but our Charger is pretty much the same car, so the steps should apply. I took one look at it the install process and knew it was more than I was capable of doing.
So once the parts arrived, I took the car back to the dealership to let the pros install the parking brake shoes.
Our Dodge dealer billed us for two hours of labor to replace the shoes, at a cost of $230. The shoes cost us $138, bringing the total for the repair to $368 plus tax. Parts and labor rates vary around the country, so our total may be lower compared to where you live.
Next we'll look into replacing the front brakes and rotors. After the scary $700 quote we got from the dealer, we're exploring other ways to fix them and save money. Dan Edmunds, our director of vehicle testing, has expressed interest in making this a DIY project. Stay tuned for more on that in the coming weeks.
Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 72,894 miles