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Old 12-14-2010, 09:48 PM   #1
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LJ feels like parking brake on

My '05 LJ manual was making a squeaking/whistling sound on the way home from work today. The sound seemed to come from the center of the dash, only >45 mph.

When I got home and parked, it felt like the parking brake was on before it was engaged. I couldn't push the jeep when it was in neutral. I tried with the transfer case in neutral and it still wouldn't move by hand.

I got my wife to pull on the parking brake while I checked the cables underneath and everything moved smooth.

Where should I check next for this noise and tightness?

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Old 12-14-2010, 10:23 PM   #2
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I'd look @ the calipers and/or piston in drum.
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:26 AM   #3
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x2 ^^^ Sounds like a stuck caliper....
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:09 AM   #4
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I would check your rear drums. Assuming using have a rubicon. They are suppose to be self adjusting. Without taking anything off you can adjust them though. Looking from under the look at the back of the drum, at the bottom there is a oval looking hole. It has an adjustment gear that can e moved with a flathead screw driver
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:18 AM   #5
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pull the wheels off and look at the brakes. 45k is definitely into shoe & rotor replacement time.

pull the front brakes and look for divots worn into the knuckles...the brake caliper can catch on these. we'll need a welder to fix it.
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:16 PM   #6
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Isthe friction on the front wheels or the back. You say the noise is coming from the dash but it feels like the parking break is on. You can yell if the rear brake are rubbing by feeling the drum after a long drive. The drums shouldnt be that hot being that the front does almost all the stopping
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:25 PM   #7
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My 05 Tj l/s front brake wouldn't release the other day. It released after the engine was off for a while. Gonna check evrything this weekend, especially for those divets.
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:26 PM   #8
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take it out of of 4lo ;p
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:59 PM   #9
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Haha good call red rider
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I didn't drive it to work today. So when I got home I lifted the back end and looked to inspect the brakes.

Whenever the wheels got off the ground they spun a little like there was built up tension. I've got rear disc brakes, and the rotors and pads looked good.

I sprayed some brake cleaner, put the wheels back on and lowered it down. It rolled fine afterwards. I guess the brakes were just a little frozen up.
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:14 PM   #11
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I'm not sure if this is an accurate statement for the jeep rear disc. But on most cars the rear discs have a drum inside them that is used for the parking break

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