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Old 08-22-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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Parking/Emergency brake wiggles and has play

I have been using my (what I thought was) my parking break for the past 6 months that I have owned my JK. I have since learned that this is not suggested (which is stupid) because the small break pads used in the emergency break are not designed for this type of use. I realized yesterday there is a LOT of play in my break handle and I wanted to know if this is normal or if I should do something about this.

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The break still works after about 8 clicks but the play seems a bit much.

Does everyone else have this play or should I take it in for this?

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Old 08-25-2014, 09:47 PM   #2
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C'mon couldn't someone go out and check the e-brake handle for me? I would really appreciate it!

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Old 08-26-2014, 08:57 PM   #3
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Well, thanks for all the help everyone... Figured in a weeks worth of time someone would have been in their jeep to feel the handbrake.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:21 AM   #4
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From what I can tell yours probably just needs adjusting. Mine only takes about four "clicks" to grab firmly. I use mine as a parking brake everyday along with the manual trans in gear. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-21-2014, 05:45 AM   #5
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Is the best way to adjust it is the classic way, taking tire off and adjusting at the parking drum? Mine barely holds the jeep.
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:00 PM   #6
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Is the best way to adjust it is the classic way, taking tire off and adjusting at the parking drum? Mine barely holds the jeep.
That's pretty much the only way to do it. Mine was the same way, the fullest pull possible was barely holding the Jeep. I had my guy check it out and in order to adjust it he had to replace the rear rotors. They were rusted enough that he couldn't adjust the cable.......evidently this is a very common problem. Replaced the rotors, adjusted the cable and it works much better now. It still takes a good pull to engage it, but it does not require the brake handle to be pulled all the way up.

Hope that helped....and yes, my brake handle does wobble a bit side to side when not engaged.
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:02 AM   #7
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That's pretty much the only way to do it. Mine was the same way, the fullest pull possible was barely holding the Jeep. I had my guy check it out and in order to adjust it he had to replace the rear rotors. They were rusted enough that he couldn't adjust the cable.......evidently this is a very common problem. Replaced the rotors, adjusted the cable and it works much better now. It still takes a good pull to engage it, but it does not require the brake handle to be pulled all the way up. Hope that helped....and yes, my brake handle does wobble a bit side to side when not engaged.
Thanks man. Another garage project.
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