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Old 01-03-2008, 03:59 PM   #1
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Parking brake question

Hello all,

My parking brake is loose. I always have to engage a gear to stop it. If I just pull up the parking brake all the way, it still rolls.

How do I adjust the parking brake so that it is tighter and engages better?

TY in advance all.

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Old 01-03-2008, 04:00 PM   #2
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If its like a YJ, I'm pretty sure theres an adjuster bolt underneath, on the cable, or maybe the cable splitter, rather. The piece hooked to the cable that makes it pull on both sides.

Sorry if this doesn't help much...I'm sure someone who actually knows what they're doing will reply soon enough.

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Old 01-03-2008, 04:15 PM   #3
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Nice Jeep White93ARB. That thing look SIIIIIIIICK dirty.

How does it look clean? Better or worse?
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Thanks hedonist. It doesn't look too bad clean, either.
Clean here

Not the cleanest here, still looks good.
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just tighten the nut underneath. go under your rig and its right there above the rear differential you cannot miss it

take a look at my pic.. see where the 2 cables go into the one bracket connected to that bolt? thats what you need to tighten, that one nut at the center of the image.

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OK, just like I thought it was. I need to take my own advise and tighten mine up, but its in a shop right now so maybe when I get it back if they don't take care of it.
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:56 PM   #7
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just tighten the nut underneath. go under your rig and its right there above the rear differential you cannot miss it

take a look at my pic.. see where the 2 cables go into the one bracket connected to that bolt? thats what you need to tighten, that one nut at the center of the image.
You're the freakin' man. Gonna try it in a few minutes.

Thanks soooooooooooooooooo much for the tip!!!!
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:10 PM   #8
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You're the freakin' man. Gonna try it in a few minutes.

Thanks soooooooooooooooooo much for the tip!!!!
Okay, I'm not THE man, I see how it is. Even though I told you the same thing he did, but without the pic. You the man triple88a
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:10 PM   #9
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glad to help, just dont tighten it too much since you dont want it rubbing while its released.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:14 PM   #10
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Okay, I'm not THE man, I see how it is. Even though I told you the same thing he did, but without the pic. You the man triple88a
White93ARB, YOU DA MAN TOO!!!!!!!!!

I got confused at the sight of your beautiful when dirty and clean pics.

If I forgot to ty, sorry but your rig is just to darn schweeeeeeeeeeeeet.

Anyways, ty White93, You are the man too. You guys said the same thing even though you didn't have a pic.

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Ha I'm not the man. I had my guess but trip confirmed it. Just messin around. Well maybe I'm the man but its not cause of this. Any my rig isn't that sweet, lately its been a weird-noise-making, fluid dripping, sit in my driveway for a month pile of junk. But its at a shop now so hopefully everything will be worked out soon.
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:14 PM   #12
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Sorry to hear about that.

By the way, thanks guys!! Your advice worked like a charm.

My car stands still without the gears engaged.

WOOT!!!!!!
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:47 PM   #13
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Cool stuff, I need to tighten mine too as I need to pull it hard all the way up to engage it, but then my wife cant release it lol
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:00 PM   #14
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mine needs to be adjusted too, but its wayyy to much of a pain, its ssssoooooo rusted!!!!
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:32 PM   #15
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this happened with mine also so when I was having my gears done I told them to tighten it ....they call me and tell me I had no back brakes!
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:34 PM   #16
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as you can see mine is also rusted.. it went pretty easy since there is a lot of places you can grab for leverage.. spray some wd40 and 5 minutes later you will be fine. According to metals and expansion i'd imagine it would be even better doing it now in the colder season since the metals are few thousands smaller.
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Is the goal to move the bracket further towards the end of the shaft its on (left) or further away from it (right in your picture) to tighten it
I guess to the right, right?
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:03 PM   #18
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Before Adjusting the cable check your brakes and adjust them first....Then if it is still loose adjust cable 1-2 turns at a time and check. When it feels good you're done.
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:20 PM   #19
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TJ bunch to adjust your rear brakes dont you go in reverse and just slam on the brakes?
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:15 AM   #20
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My truck locks awesome now.

By the way, does this adjust the regular brake (foot) too? For the hand brake, I am totally happy now. I now only have to bring the lever up a quarter or close to half to get full lock.

But it seems now that my foot brake is a lot snappier now. Before I had to press down about almost 3/4; but now it seems like I have to push down a little less than half.

When I got my tires rotated, my brakes were fine so brake wear was not an issue.
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it shouldnt affect the regular brakes unless you've over tightened it. From memory when you pull the hand brake it pulls the secondary shoe towards the primary too. If you over tighten them more pressure will be going towards the primary shoe. Let me look in my book to see if i can find anything.
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it shouldnt affect the regular brakes unless you've over tightened it. From memory when you pull the hand brake it pulls the secondary shoe towards the primary too. If you over tighten them more pressure will be going towards the primary shoe. Let me look in my book to see if i can find anything.
Hmm. Interesting. Any luck finding anything?
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it does not say anything of the E brake affecting the regular brakes but i'd assume if you have it tighter it would hold the primary show further out so the wheel cylinder wont be able to be pulled back by the springs. I'm going off the diagrams here so..
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I Hate To Bring Bad News But If You Tighten The Park Brake To Tight It Will Hold The Brake Shoes Off Of The Wheel Cylinder Pistons And Can Cause The Pedal To Feel Tighter On The Foot Brakes And Also Cause The Wheel Cylinders To Leak And Blowout. You Need To Adjust The Rear Brakes Before You Adjust The Parking Brakes. Usually A Sign Of Worn Brake Shoes When Pedal Catches Low.........good Luck
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:33 PM   #25
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HOLY SHITAKE!!!

The Jeep never leaked but yesterday, I noticed a little bit of a drop towards the front under the radiator; It looked like it might be brake fluid; actually it might've been fluid from the brake line. Do you think it's too late?

Can I still loosen it and be okay?

TY in advance.

How do I adjust the rear brakes then?

I inspected the front brakes and the were fine. I didn't bother looking at the back ones because I assumed that the front ones wear out sooner as they do in a car.
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The park shoes will not affect the fronts, You may just have a bad line or caliper seal. But you said under rad. Is it in line with the crankshaft or on left or right?
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The leak is on the left side (driver side).
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You Should Loosen The Park Brake Cable Then Adjust The Star Wheel Inside The Brake Drum You Can Do This Thru The Oblong Whole In The Backing Plate That Has A Rubber Plug In It. Have The Wheel Off The Ground And Adjust Just Enough To Feel Slight Resistance When Turning Wheel. Then You Can Adjust The Park Brake. If The Wheel Cylinders Are Leaking There Will Be Brake Fluid Coming Out Of The Brake Drum On The Rear Wheel........good Luck
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TY auto. Will do it as soon as the rain stops.

You guys are sooooo awesome.
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so is that a negative on being able to adjust the rear brakes via slamming on the brakes while going in reverse?

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