2003 Jeep Liberty, 97,000 miles
I live in Massachusetts and recently failed my state vehicle inspection. Massachusetts requires that a vehicle’s parking brake hold the vehicle still up to 1200 RPM’s. If I set my parking brake to the “on” position, and put it in “drive,” the vehicle will move forward quite easily, without me even touching the gas pedal.
I took it to a local shop and explained the problem. The guy took a look, and told me I needed new emergency brake shoes. He replaced those shoes, along with the related hardware (springs, etc.), and put in two new rotors on the rear end. He said that I’d need to drive it for a few days and that eventually, the shoes should hold it. If this did not work, he said he might have to replace the emergency brake cable itself.
I took it home today, set the parking brake, and put it in drive. I see no change in the vehicle’s performance - the problem is still there.
I want your expert opinions on this. Do you think the mechanic is on the right track, and that I should follow his advice? Or, should I take it to somebody else (maybe say a jeep dealer), and have them take a look at it? I am not mechanically inclined at all, so this isn’t something I could do myself.