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Old 06-17-2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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Emergency brake don't work

After buying my 95 wrangler - I tried out the emergency brake and it don't work. I stepped out and still could push the vehicle - heard there was a recall for this?

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Old 06-17-2012, 08:39 PM   #2
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My quick google says the recall was for a self releasing emergency brake... But this does not discount another recall.

What you seem to be describing is a 1) worn out e-brake cable, 2) Needs adjustment, or 3)rear brake replace or adjust.

check the adjustment of the rear brakes first, that would make the most difference. If they are worn out, replace them, if not then work through the process of adjusting. There is a "gear" at the bottom of the set of brakes placed between them and sometimes the auto adjust does not work properly.

I would also try adjusting cable after checking the brakes, get under the jeep and there should be a main cable going to a "Y" and a couple of nuts on the end of the "Y". Loosen the outer nut and adjust in the second nut till your ebrake works again then use the second nut to lock the first.

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Old 06-17-2012, 08:42 PM   #3
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Hey Thanks a lot buddy. I appreciate the detailed info. I will tackle this tomorrow just wanted to be sure.
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MI ? Rust

I see you are in Michigan. You might want to check the parking brake cable system for rust. You can do an initial check by getting underneath and have somone operate the parking brake. See if the cable connection point under the driver's door moves appropriately and the two cables going to the rear wheels moves also.

If those move correctly, then jack up one rear wheel and see if that wheel will turn. You will need to have it in neutral. If you can move it with the parking brake on, have someone press the brake pedal and see if you can still turn the wheel. If not, then it would be the adjustment of the parking brake cables.

You will see an adjustment screw on the mechanism under the driver's door. Just tighten it up will the parking brake holds when applied and the wheels turn when the parking brake is released.

If you run out of adjustment on the parking brake, it is time to tear into the rear brake system.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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Sounds good ballistx - will do. Thanks man!
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You should feel a little bit of drag if the rear brakes are adjusted correctly. My dad gave me a great ol' school adjustment technique to keep them adjusted equally. Adjust both brakes till you cannot move the wheel, then back off till it starts to move but with a slight drag. Go to the other side do the same, and back of the same number of clicks as the first side and you should be good.

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