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Old 05-12-2011, 01:36 AM   #1
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Parking brake

Anyone else have their parking brake fail? Pulled on the parking brake handle launching my boat a couple days ago and heard a loud snap in the parking brake assembly.

Going to replace this weekend as the replacement including the handle was only 57 bucks at the dealer. I have approx 59k on my jk now. Don't have much faith in the parking brake anymore though. My jk is a manual so I use the brake nb a lot.

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Old 05-12-2011, 01:47 AM   #2
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Do you put it in gear also?

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Old 05-12-2011, 01:57 AM   #3
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Do you put it in gear also?
Y. I pull the parking brake first and then turn the Jeep off and leave it in first. I beach launch without a boat ramp so I'm usually in 4-lo and in 1st w/p-brake applied.
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:47 AM   #4
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Do you know what actually broke yet? I have had no probs apart from the cleanout and adjust required a few weeks after muddy puddle playing...
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Do you know what actually broke yet? I have had no probs apart from the cleanout and adjust required a few weeks after muddy puddle playing...
I grabbed these pics off another forum on the web where someone else had the same issue. It looks like there's a coiled up spring inside the ebrake which provides tension on the brake cables. The spring stop breaks and the spring unwinds. Mine when looking through the opening looks exactly like this.


Pic above is what this should look like when not broken.



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Old 05-12-2011, 07:37 PM   #6
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yep ,my old 07 did the same thing, dealer fixed it under warranty
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:39 PM   #7
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Parking Brake Replaced

I replaced this today in a little over an hour.

Found good instructions on how to get the center console out here ==>Atlas Transfer Case Jeep JK Install Page 2, by Advance Adapters Inc.

Below is my JK with the console out. The console comes apart in two pieces. This was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be and it cost me 57 bucks total.

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Old 01-08-2012, 09:10 AM   #8
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I just had to have m parking break ratchet assembly replaced. I went to set my break the other day and the ratchet arm snapped...
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:58 AM   #9
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I noticed that my parking brake has loosened with usage and was going to have it addressed at my next oil change since it tire rotation time anyway.
It never felt like it broke, just kinda lost tension over time. I assumed it to be a new vehicle thing and easily adjusted back by the dealer so I haven't thought about it until I read this post.
I wonder if mine failed gracefully somehow?
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:08 AM   #10
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I noticed that my parking brake has loosened with usage and was going to have it addressed at my next oil change since it tire rotation time anyway.
It never felt like it broke, just kinda lost tension over time. I assumed it to be a new vehicle thing and easily adjusted back by the dealer so I haven't thought about it until I read this post.
I wonder if mine failed gracefully somehow?
Join the club.

I brought mine in during warranty.
Told me the PO did not use it and the pads (or whatever) had a light layer or rust
Worked fine for a week
Seems like a complicated setup. I don't use it anymore.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:22 PM   #11
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I have had this happen to me twice! I live on a hill and i had the nose of my Jeep downward.i have a manual transmission. Both times I put the ebrake on and the gear in reverse, and both times I had my jeep go down my hill at my house and do MAJOR damage. How many people has this happened to? I'm thinking this could fall into a lemon. Please, anybody who knows anything about this please respond. I'm taking it in AGAIN tomorrow
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Read the sticky on adjusting/cleaning the PB.

Mine never worked. I keep a $7 harbor freight wheel chock in my jeep for those I have to park on a hill moments
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #13
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But my deal is its only got 30k
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:53 PM   #14
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I have had this happen to me twice! I live on a hill and i had the nose of my Jeep downward.i have a manual transmission. Both times I put the ebrake on and the gear in reverse, and both times I had my jeep go down my hill at my house and do MAJOR damage. How many people has this happened to? I'm thinking this could fall into a lemon. Please, anybody who knows anything about this please respond. I'm taking it in AGAIN tomorrow
that's pretty bad. certainly a safety issue. report it.

with all my manuals i drop it into first or reverse and release the clutch then release the foot brake with the engine off. once it settles in place and is completely held by the engine i pull the parking brake. this way the engine is the primary hold and the parking brake is the secondary. this is safer.

having said that, my jeep is now at the dealer awaiting a new parking brake assembly. from 9 miles on the jeep, the parking brake never worked right. don't trust that thing at all. i'm going to get a chock for my two thousand and twelve wrangler....
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:56 AM   #15
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My parents/grandparents all taught me to not leave a manual transmission in reverse when parking, due to the fact that it could roll. Always leave it in first, however I have no technical explanation 'cuz I really don't want to learn transmissions.

BTW rocks and bricks are cheaper than chocks and more readily available.
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Anyone else have their parking brake fail?
Yep. I was in SF with a manual too. Not the place you want to lose your parking break. That was just about three months ago.

It was covered under extended warranty.
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mine is at the dealer now for a new parking brake assembly. mine apparently broke with less than 10 miles on it.
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My JK has about 3K on it also a manual so I use my brake pretty frequently as well (yes, I also leave it in gear) but I just had a lift installed on Saturday and when I got it back I noticed the brake lever was little more loose (for lack of better word) I used to have to really pull on it hard to get it up and when I got it back I didn't have to pull near as hard but being used to yanking it, I yanked it and heard a pop :-/ scared me so I put it back down and backed up and tried again and it has been working fine just hope I won't run into any problems in the long run (I'm taking it back to be inspected on Saturday like they said to validate the warranty so I will be sure to mention it then) ...but has anyone had any other similar experiences like this??
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My JK has about 3K on it also a manual so I use my brake pretty frequently as well (yes, I also leave it in gear) but I just had a lift installed on Saturday and when I got it back I noticed the brake lever was little more loose (for lack of better word) I used to have to really pull on it hard to get it up and when I got it back I didn't have to pull near as hard but being used to yanking it, I yanked it and heard a pop :-/ scared me so I put it back down and backed up and tried again and it has been working fine just hope I won't run into any problems in the long run (I'm taking it back to be inspected on Saturday like they said to validate the warranty so I will be sure to mention it then) ...but has anyone had any other similar experiences like this??
yep - mine worked for the first few times then it popped and was bad after that. they pulled the console and found that some part had broken.
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parking brake replaced under warranty. works now!

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