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Old 05-08-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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Adjusting parking brake

I've done a little research (Googling) and there's a bunch of conflicting ideas so I thought I would ask.

My parking brake in my 06 doesn't do a thing. Pulled all the way up it will just barley keep the jeep from rolling. I need to tighten it up. Some people say to adjust the nut underneath, other say don't touch the nut adjust the drums. What do I do, and how do I do it? I thought the drums are suppose to adjust themselves? Thanks!

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Drum brakes do adjust them selves if everything is working properly, pull the rear drums and see if the shoes are adjusted properly. If they are not then the self adjusters are most likely frozen and not doing their job.

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Old 05-08-2013, 09:18 AM   #3
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How do I know if they are adjusted properly?
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go to jp magazine and they have a write up on how to install drum breaks. look at their pictures and your should look like that. i just disassembled everything on my drums. and put them back together. drove and used my regular breaks and parking breaks a couple times and works perfect.
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i lied its not jp magazine.. heres the link:
Jeep Rear Drum Brake Remove - Install and Adjust
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So I need to tear apart both drums just to adjust the e-brake?
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So I need to tear apart both drums just to adjust the e-brake?
are you positive you have drum brakes? or might you have factory disc rear brakes?

disc rear brakes use drum in hat e-brakes, and they do not adjust automatically...you have to periodically adjust the small ratchet mechanism with a flathead screw driver.
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So I need to tear apart both drums just to adjust the e-brake?
No you need to remove the drums to inspect the brakes to make sure everything is working properly before making any adjustments to the cable.
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are you positive you have drum brakes? or might you have factory disc rear brakes?

disc rear brakes use drum in hat e-brakes, and they do not adjust automatically...you have to periodically adjust the small ratchet mechanism with a flathead screw driver.
I don't think he wants to look he just wants someone to use their crystal ball to tell him how to fix it.
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I don't think he wants to look he just wants someone to use their crystal ball to tell him how to fix it.
This is not the case at all, I will take them apart and adjust them and make sure they are working properly, I'm not looking for an easy fix or crystal ball I just want to be sure I understand what needs to be done before I do it.

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are you positive you have drum brakes? or might you have factory disc rear brakes?

disc rear brakes use drum in hat e-brakes, and they do not adjust automatically...you have to periodically adjust the small ratchet mechanism with a flathead screw driver.
I guess I'm not 100% sure I think there drum brakes though. It's an 06 2.4L
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So take it apart, if your not sure if anything is wrong post some pictures and let us evaluate it. When you ask for help and have no details we cannot do anything but offer suggestions to help you determine how to proceed. It's like those posts that say I have a noise? What could it be.
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If you know that your self adjusters are working correctly, you can adjust your parking brake by pulling the brake handle up 5 clicks, then tighten the cable adjuster underneath the Jeep until you can't spin the back tires. Release and re-engage the parking brake several times after the adjustment. It should hold the Jeep between 5-7 clicks on the parking brake lever. If it doesn't, readjust.
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I appreciate the advice however it's nothing like a thread "I have a noise" that could be a million things, I said my e-brake doesn't hold tight when it's pulled all the way up. There really is not any other details to provide until I pull apart the drums and inspect which I will do. I just needed a starting place and now I have it so thank you.

My e-brake isn't holding tight is much more detailed then "I hear a noise, help!"

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If you know that your self adjusters are working correctly, you can adjust your parking brake by pulling the brake handle up 5 clicks, then tighten the cable adjuster underneath the Jeep until you can't spin the back tires. Release and re-engage the parking brake several times after the adjustment. It should hold the Jeep between 5-7 clicks on the parking brake lever. If it doesn't, readjust.
Thanks, I will make sure the self adjusters are working and go from there. I was asking because I've read where people just adjust the cable nut without making sure the drums are working properly and I just wanted to do it right.
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So I need to tear apart both drums just to adjust the e-brake?
But you made this statement.
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Fair enough, thank you for the advice I will check it out, snap some pics and report back.
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I had this the other day I tightened the nut where the two cables meet under the jeep and connect to the cable that attaches to the brake handle. Now instead or barely holding all the way up it it holds at 6 clicks and stops.

Just crawled under and took this. Forgive the ipad pic
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^ this is exactly my point on why I asked, especially asking if I need to pull apart the drums to fix the brake. I've read that just adjusting the nut will fix it and I've read that adjusting the drums will fix it. I guess the best thing to do is make sure the drums are working properly and if they are and the brake still doesn't hold then go ahead and adjust the nut where the cable meets. I have no idea if my drums are working properly so I will start there.

AdamLC, did you have the e-brake pulled up when you adjust the nut or did you have it completely disengaged while adjusting and just turned it a bit then checked it etc...
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I left it down. Adjusted it a little and checked. i live on a slight hill so made sure when disengaged it rolled freely. I had no rhyme or reason where mine ended up clicks wise I just figured mid travel of the handle.
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^ this is exactly my point on why I asked, especially asking if I need to pull apart the drums to fix the brake. I've read that just adjusting the nut will fix it and I've read that adjusting the drums will fix it. I guess the best thing to do is make sure the drums are working properly and if they are and the brake still doesn't hold then go ahead and adjust the nut where the cable meets. I have no idea if my drums are working properly so I will start there.

AdamLC, did you have the e-brake pulled up when you adjust the nut or did you have it completely disengaged while adjusting and just turned it a bit then checked it etc...
You adjust this with the handle all the way off.
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No you need to remove the drums to inspect the brakes to make sure everything is working properly before making any adjustments to the cable.
The reason I suggest doing this first is because many jeepers drive through water and if the mechanisms do not dry completely they will rust and freeze up.
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That makes sense, I'm willing to bet there rusted up. Everything else is....
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^ AdamLC, did you have the e-brake pulled up when you adjust the nut or did you have it completely disengaged while adjusting and just turned it a bit then checked it etc...
The procedure I gave you was verbatim right out of the manual... FWIW

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