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Old 04-10-2011, 10:53 PM   #1
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Parking brake adjustment

Hey dudes. My jeep won't stay put on steeper grades with the parking brake on, needs to be adjusted tighter. Could someone offer a quick how-to? Thanks!

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Old 04-10-2011, 11:03 PM   #2
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don't know about adjusting the brake, just know if i'm not on fairly level ground i'll use the brake and leave it in gear(R)

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Old 04-10-2011, 11:17 PM   #3
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Mine doesnt work period as the brake line isnt even connected. I leave it in gear opposite the grade i'm parked or stopped on. IE. If i'm facing down i put it in reverse, if im parked up, i put it in first. Gravity will have to overcome compression of the engine in order to make the vehicle roll, thats not to say it wont happen, Ive been on steep enough grades that it will start to slowly roll. If your parking brake works somewhat, it might help if you put it in gear.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:50 PM   #4
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Under your jeep, just behind the T-case... Here is what your looking for:


the nut just needs to be tightened... I did mine a few weeks ago, i just adjusted it to where i liked it... just some back & forth testing until you get it where you want it...

Here is a link for this forum of others explaining it...

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/park...ent-22191.html
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:16 AM   #5
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I need to do this as well. Thanks for the info.
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:18 AM   #6
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Make sure you adjust the rear brake shoes first, if 4 wheel disc, the parking break shoes, then the cable if it still needs it.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:58 AM   #7
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Under your jeep, just behind the T-case... Here is what your looking for:

the nut just needs to be tightened... I did mine a few weeks ago, i just adjusted it to where i liked it... just some back & forth testing until you get it where you want it...

Here is a link for this forum of others explaining it...

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/park...ent-22191.html
Thanks much!!
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:08 AM   #8
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Make sure you adjust the rear brake shoes first, if 4 wheel disc, the parking break shoes, then the cable if it still needs it.
Good to know. I do not have 4wheel disc though, but good info for those that do!
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Make sure you adjust the rear brake shoes first, if 4 wheel disc, the parking break shoes, then the cable if it still needs it.
x2^^^ If you have drums, check the shoes FIRST!!!
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:01 AM   #10
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My ebrake cable used to pull all the way up, and then would stiller slip a little. So I changed my rear shoes, and then adjusted the star wheel on both sides. Now its nice sad tight. If you don't want to go through the hassle of changing your shoes, adjust the star wheel first. That will probably do the trick. If not, then tighten the center linkage.
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ok, what if your pass. side cable has snapped. how big of a PITA is that to swap put?
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:37 PM   #12
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Holy Crap on a Cracker! That was a hugh pain. I got the Jeep up on jack stands, fought with the old cable for 3/4 of an hour. finally got it off. got the new one in. when I was letting the Jeep down got the D.S. stand out, went to get the P.S. out and my Jack buckled. What a P.O.S.!!!! At least I wasn't under it when it happened. Had to put the jack on top of two 4x4's(side by side not on top of each other, I'm not that stupid.) finally got all wheel on the ground.

Well that was a great $45 bucks. didn't have to adjust anything. Four clicks and the brake hold tight. Amen!! Can't wait to park on a hill.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:34 AM   #13
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Awesome info! I think I may end up swapping the drums for disc but I'll give these ideas a shot first. Thanks guys!
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My ebrake cable used to pull all the way up, and then would stiller slip a little. So I changed my rear shoes, and then adjusted the star wheel on both sides. Now its nice sad tight. If you don't want to go through the hassle of changing your shoes, adjust the star wheel first. That will probably do the trick. If not, then tighten the center linkage.
What the hell is a rear star wheel?
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What the hell is a rear star wheel?
its the adjuster used to adjust rear drum brakes, if you have drum brakes pull the little rubber plug on the bottom of the backing plate and look inside, you will see it, a flash light might help...
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its the adjuster used to adjust rear drum brakes, if you have drum brakes pull the little rubber plug on the bottom of the backing plate and look inside, you will see it, a flash light might help...
Sorry but do you have a picture so I can see where I can find this plug?

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