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Old 11-21-2008, 09:15 AM   #1
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Brakes locking up

After our first snow here in the Philadelphia area, I finally realized I should look at my brakes.

Whenever it is wet out, the brakes lock up instantly. This only occurs once usually in the rain, but today in the snow the brakes locked up every time I tapped them. This all started when I got my rear axle done including a new set of rear shoes. My e-brake is extremelly loose. I believe the pads were a cheap version.

Any ideas for me to look at when I tear them down tonight?

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Old 11-21-2008, 10:36 AM   #2
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Do not tear them down until you read private message I sent you..any ??? send me message..

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Old 11-21-2008, 11:53 AM   #3
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my brakes lock up after it rains but after a few minutes of driving it goes away, im replacing my pads of the front and rear this weekend if it helps ill let you know.
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Sounds to me like your rear shoes were not properly adjusted or your E-Brake cable may be hanging up and not releasing.
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:12 PM   #5
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Is it just the rear locking up, or both ends? Knowing that will help us point you in the right direction.

Rear discs or drums?
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:57 PM   #6
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with me its the rear that locks up on me.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:03 PM   #7
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I have rear drums. I believe that it is just the rear locking up. The problem started after I got my rear dana 44 rebuilt.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:11 PM   #8
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I have somewhat of the same problem. When it is raining out, or after I have washed the Jeep, my front passenger brake will lock up the wheel if I press the brake in quick or push the peddle hard. If I pump the brakes or drive a bit, I guess to "dry" the brakes it is fine. It doesnt do it when it is dry out???
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******makes me want to go test the brakes lol
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:02 PM   #10
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So I adjusted the brakes and everything worked fine for a little while, but yesterday the e-brake stopped working and its back to only front brakes.
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My brakes do the same thing when it's wet out...either snow or rain. I can't tell if its the rear, but it pulls to the left real hard. This is on an '06 TJ.
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may be wrong, but check to see if when they put ur axle back in no grease got on your pads/shoes. i had that problem, never locked up cause they didnt get wet, it only took like 2 days and i noticed a wierd sound comin from the wheel where i had replaced my axle seal, what happened was a light coating of grease got on my brake shoes, b/c of this only parts of them were gettin friction and this caused the whole brake drum to warp. had to get new drums
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:30 AM   #13
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My brakes do the same thing when it's wet out...either snow or rain. I can't tell if its the rear, but it pulls to the left real hard. This is on an '06 TJ.
Is yours still under warranty?

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Thanks for the advice. I do not have any grease on the shoes. The first time I took them apart the one shoes had a little rust due to not being used. I tightened everything up last night, and after three or four pulls of the e-brake it seemeds like they were getting loose again. Is this possible?
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:22 PM   #14
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I just had a similar problem with my front brakes. The caliper seized up so I went to Adnvanced Auto and bought a caliper rebuild kit ($4.00) and took them apart. Fixed it right up. For your rear brakes....the tension spring may be weak. They should be cheap to replace and not too hard to do yourself.
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x2 thats wat id try
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:51 AM   #16
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Hmm, well do. Thanks guys. I think I have a couple laying around my garage.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:14 PM   #17
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Well, I replaced the spring and adjusted the rear brakes for the second time. But, alas today the brakes started locking up again out of nowhere. My e-brake still works right now though. I think I am gonna just have to take this to a shop.

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