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Old 04-28-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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Parking Brake Help

The parking break wire in my TJ is becoming incredibly lose. I'm hoping to avoid going to a repair shop 1) to save money 2) get some more experience working on the Jeep. Anybody know how I can fix this at home?

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Old 04-28-2012, 06:37 PM   #2
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Pull the drum off and there is an adjustment in there

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Old 04-28-2012, 07:16 PM   #3
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also, up underneath at the bracket where the cable from the lever goes into a bracket and splits into the two ebrake cables to each side, is adjustable. there is a long bolt in the center where you can take some slack out of the cable...check often as you are adjusting it, it will tighten up quick and you dont want it to pull the two ebrake cables to much, causing them to wear your ebrake pads out
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also, up underneath at the bracket where the cable from the lever goes into a bracket and splits into the two ebrake cables to each side, is adjustable. there is a long bolt in the center where you can take some slack out of the cable...check often as you are adjusting it, it will tighten up quick and you dont want it to pull the two ebrake cables to much, causing them to wear your ebrake pads out
X2. This is the best. I have an 05 and this is the best way to adjust
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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Pull the drum off and there is an adjustment in there
You can remove the drums to adjust the brakes, but you don't have to.
The backing plate has a hole in it that will allow you to adjust the brakes without removing the drum or the tire. You only need an adjusting tool or a screwdriver.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:56 PM   #6
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also, up underneath at the bracket where the cable from the lever goes into a bracket and splits into the two ebrake cables to each side, is adjustable. there is a long bolt in the center where you can take some slack out of the cable...check often as you are adjusting it, it will tighten up quick and you dont want it to pull the two ebrake cables to much, causing them to wear your ebrake pads out
This is good info Kev, The cables may need to be adjusted from time to time, but you should always make sure that the brake shoes(at the wheels/drums) are adjusted properly before adjusting the cables.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #7
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I was thinking almost opposite. The brake adjustment in the drum is for initially setting clearances on new shoes, and then after they should be self-adjusting. if you can adjust them after that, then there is something wrong in the "self adjusting" portion of it that may need to be looked at.

My experience stems from an axle swap where I put brand new brakes on a d44 before it went under it, so they were at factory specs for clearances/adjustment. So to get a tight lever had to adjust the ebrake adjustment up under the tub.

Your right johnbob, both are good places for adjustment, but something else is going on if the star adjuster is not keeping it tight down in the drum
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:11 PM   #8
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i guess the OP needs to state if the ebrakes are not holding...or if the lever has to much travel in the cab to make them grab.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:16 PM   #9
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I have had my Tj for 8 years and i have never used mine not once. Why do people use them?
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power slides around corners
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lol i see. not to much of that at the mall i guess.
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i remember my big wheel had a "power slide" lever...i assumed when i saw the lever that's what it was for!
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I was thinking almost opposite. The brake adjustment in the drum is for initially setting clearances on new shoes, and then after they should be self-adjusting. if you can adjust them after that, then there is something wrong in the "self adjusting" portion of it that may need to be looked at.

My experience stems from an axle swap where I put brand new brakes on a d44 before it went under it, so they were at factory specs for clearances/adjustment. So to get a tight lever had to adjust the ebrake adjustment up under the tub.

Your right johnbob, both are good places for adjustment, but something else is going on if the star adjuster is not keeping it tight down in the drum
Usually the self-adjuster on the rear drum brakes hardly work, if at all. I manually adjust mine at every oil change.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:38 PM   #14
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The self adjuster works by backing up and braking, do this several times in a row and you'll be set. that's how all drum brake self adjusters work.
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I have had my Tj for 8 years and i have never used mine not once. Why do people use them?
Because it's a good habit to get into. Things have a way of happening. You can park on a hill steep enough to overcome the compression of the engine, the trans can pop out of gear, anything.
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Usually the self-adjuster on the rear drum brakes hardly work, if at all. I manually adjust mine at every oil change.
I agree, they work ok at first, but then we add water, brake dust, dirt, salt, rust, and for Jeeps, Mud. Then they become useless.

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Old 04-28-2012, 08:58 PM   #17
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I have had my Tj for 8 years and i have never used mine not once. Why do people use them?
Sounds like a guy with an automatic transmission to me!
My Jeep has an automatic transmission & I only use the E-brake when I haul the Jeep on my trailer.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:02 PM   #18
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I'd trust the parking pawl of an automatic less than I'd trust engine compression.
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I'd trust the parking pawl of an automatic less than I'd trust engine compression.
I agree with you 100%, it's just that where I live the closest thing we have to a hill, is a bridge or a freeway overpass. In most places my Jeep would not roll away even if I left it in neutral. I use the E-brake when I think I need it, but that's not very often.
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I have had my Tj for 8 years and i have never used mine not once. Why do people use them?
It has to be nice to live someplace that is flat.

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