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Old 05-19-2012, 01:09 PM   #1
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Broke my parking brake! (pic)

Working on installing a small CB in the console and all is going Extremely well.(first clue something bad is gonna happen)

Got the antenna line run through the gate,behind the plastic trim, under the carpet all the way to the console. Easy peasy!

Time to pull the console...

Give a little extra juice on the parking brake for clearance, POP!
WTF was that???? No more e-brake.

Got the console off fairly easy and find this:
(crappy cell phone pic, sorry)





Just ripped right through the bracket!
BUT, notice that only one side is broken, and also check out the different lengths of the cables.
Something is not right there.

Guess it's dealer time.
I'm just going to leave the console out for now. less work for the tech, and I still need to mount the CB in there and drill for power/antenna.

Any reason ya'll think i should put it back together before I take it to the dealer?

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Old 05-19-2012, 01:24 PM   #2
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Wow. When I get up off this couch after a little rest from running around this morning I plan to go take my console out and now I expect to see this very same thing you took a picture of. Did you ever expect any troubles before it broke? Had you heard any popping sounds before? I did. My driveway is fairly steep so I use the parking brake firmly all the time. Except during the winter when I park in the garage.

To answer your question, I don't think it would hurt to leave the console off temporary. Just be careful with the exposed switch, wires and stuff that is there.

Keep us informed what you find out.

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Old 05-19-2012, 01:27 PM   #3
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Now that you mention it, I remember thinking that the parking brake seemed more than a little weak. Seems only one side was actually working.

There were no other signs that something was wrong.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:29 PM   #4
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The different length cables might just be that one of them bunched up the any slack when the bracket broke.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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My e-brake is a POS! I have to yank it on hard to hold at all, and it often doesn't catch on the notch and slips back down and has to be pulled again until it holds. I'll have the dealer look at it when I have some other reason to take it in.

In the OP's situation, I would be concerned that the dealer might try to use your diss-assembly as a excuse not to cover it under warranted. Better reassemble and be safe, than have a fight on your hands....
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:47 PM   #6
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I thought about the warranty issue, but the service dept at my dealer has always been pretty cool to me.

I think I will go ahead and re-assemble it, only because I am TERRIBLE about losing parts!

Guess I should put the doors back on too. If I can find them.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:24 PM   #7
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Dont eat your wheaties when working on plastic junk and fiat parts...lol
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:31 PM   #8
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Dont eat your wheaties when working on plastic junk and fiat parts...lol
Umm, yea...
Did I forget to mention that I had absolutely NO problem pulling the shift knobs off!
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:56 PM   #9
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After reading yall's posts, My e-brake, I have to pull it all the way up and also put it in gear for it to stay. What can I do to, or what do I need to look out for ? Also, I had one incident where after engaging e-brake and putting it in gear, it rolled back slowly on the incline, had to jump in and hit the brakes before hitting the car behind me. This only happened that one time. Curios???
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:22 PM   #10
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That a TJ in your profile pic?

My parking brake is waaaaay different than yours.

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