Emergency brakes were originally used to stop a vehicle during a failure of the regular brakes. However, emergency brakes are now used primarily to keep the vehicle from moving while parked because the regular brakes on an Oldsmobile Alero rarely fail. Emergency brakes most often need to be replaced as a result of disuse, which can cause the components to rust and seize.
Tools Used: Tools, Parking brake shoes, Socket wrench set, Tool 21177-A, Tool J 38400
Replace Emergency Brakes
Determine which type of emergency brakes your Oldsmobile Alero will need. Emergency brakes typically function by activating the regular braking system on the driving wheels. The emergency brakes for the Oldsmobile Alero use the drum brakes on the rear wheels.