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06-29-2014 12:16 PM
mbu Okay... completed the job. I put the rear axle on jack stands, removed both rear tires, and removed the brake calipers as shown in SilverSport's tutorial.

I cleaned the brake area with compressed air (cough, cough) and marked the star wheels original location. Then I expanded each side's shoes star wheel by 4 cogs; reinstalled the rotor/drum and tested brake handle movement. Once that was okay, I tested for rubbing.

It took me 45 minutes to complete the job but I was moving "tentatively" since I didn't know what to expect.

Thank you SilverSport for the great write-up, detailed instructions, and photos!
06-28-2014 10:46 AM
mbu Oh crap... One has to take the caliper off BEFORE one can get to the rubber plug... and an 18mm socket is needed - who keeps one of those! Sheesh... a simple task becomes a major one.
06-28-2014 09:16 AM
mbu It looks like this is the procedure for a vehicle that has rear drum brakes - how is this adjustment done with rear DISK brakes?

Just checked... there is a drum brake shoe (for the hand brake) within the rotor on the rear so this procedure does make sense!
06-15-2014 02:14 AM
MarkinOhio
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On flat ground, good. As soon as I have a slight hill....she rolls!!!! You know what???? F - You Jeep!!!! I am not taking it apart again!!
I tried 3 times, new shoes, hardware, etc. Took it to dealer, new shoes again, worked for 1 month, went wheeling, not only does parking brake not work, I now have a nice squeaking noise coming from drivers side brake. I can eliminate the sound by pulling caliper/rotor off, put back together.....SQUEAK. the hell with this e brake, I may just remove all the hardware for all the good it does me.
06-15-2014 01:47 AM
sd72667 Is this a sticky? If not it should be. Also the pics aren't being displayed. Maybe because this thread is a couple years ago.
10-16-2013 06:03 AM
jadkar So after all the reading and bitching about this I decided to adjust my parking brake on my day off this past Monday. I jacked the rig up, put jack stands down, removed the tires, removed the calipers, played with the 1973 non-self adjusting star wheel and got the shoes to slightly drag when fully released. I then had them lock at 3 clicks. I put one tire on and tried to turn the rear tire with all my might..... wouldn't budge. So I removed the tire and bolted everything back, jacked her up, removed the jack stands, put her back down, and tested in real life......

On flat ground, good. As soon as I have a slight hill....she rolls!!!! You know what???? F - You Jeep!!!! I am not taking it apart again!!
10-15-2013 08:20 PM
Gonzos Wrangler What happened to the pictures?
10-04-2013 01:15 PM
cnhmatthews
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Originally Posted by jadkar View Post
great write up but to vent / rant a little bit .........

Why in God's name did Jeep make it so you have to take the damn caliper off the truck to adjust the parking brake. Amazing the OP doesn't make a note to this stupidity but rather praises Jeep's parking brake, which really doesn't need praise it's a design that has been around for say .....80 years!! However almost every manufacturer I know either makes the damn thing self adjusting by driving in reverse and slamming on the brakes or allows you to access the star wheel without taking the caliper off. Because of this dumb design you need to take the tire off too so you can't even test the thing properly without having this turn into an on / off exercise. So Jeep succeeded in turning a 5 minute brake adjustment into 35 / 40 minute chore. This I think is the single biggest reason why people leave their parking brake non-adjusted.

...anyway, nice write up
I agree. I'm used to being able to adjust the parking brake with the wheels on and jacked up. You can barely see the rubber plug, and I can't imagine trying to get it back in without the caliper off. I typically whip off the wheels and clean up the brakes in spring anyway so I can get by, but this design is just nuts.
10-02-2013 03:35 AM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by jadkar View Post
great write up but to vent / rant a little bit ......... Why in God's name did Jeep make it so you have to take the damn caliper off the truck to adjust the parking brake. Amazing the OP doesn't make a note to this stupidity but rather praises Jeep's parking brake, which really doesn't need praise it's a design that has been around for say .....80 years!! However almost every manufacturer I know either makes the damn thing self adjusting by driving in reverse and slamming on the brakes or allows you to access the star wheel without taking the caliper off. Because of this dumb design you need to take the tire off too so you can't even test the thing properly without having this turn into an on / off exercise. So Jeep succeeded in turning a 5 minute brake adjustment into 35 / 40 minute chore. This I think is the single biggest reason why people leave their parking brake non-adjusted. ...anyway, nice write up
Lol ^

"This I think is the single biggest reason why people leave their parking brake non-adjusted."

Silvers info is spot on but agree with all this. I tried to adjust mine and failed twice. Thinking new drums would do it... Nope. I got the pad to drag and backed off some . Put "everything" back together again. The brakes locked up. Try #2 ....... #3....... And 4 yielded the same results. I kept backing off the star and everything was good until out put everything back together, I gave up assuming my issue was maybe in the cable itself or brake itself.
10-02-2013 12:06 AM
jakbak if i ever meet you in person ill give you a beer for this write up.
10-01-2013 08:42 PM
jadkar great write up but to vent / rant a little bit .........

Why in God's name did Jeep make it so you have to take the damn caliper off the truck to adjust the parking brake. Amazing the OP doesn't make a note to this stupidity but rather praises Jeep's parking brake, which really doesn't need praise it's a design that has been around for say .....80 years!! However almost every manufacturer I know either makes the damn thing self adjusting by driving in reverse and slamming on the brakes or allows you to access the star wheel without taking the caliper off. Because of this dumb design you need to take the tire off too so you can't even test the thing properly without having this turn into an on / off exercise. So Jeep succeeded in turning a 5 minute brake adjustment into 35 / 40 minute chore. This I think is the single biggest reason why people leave their parking brake non-adjusted.

...anyway, nice write up
07-07-2013 02:17 PM
1Topp
04-22-2013 09:45 AM
kjeeper10 This was fairly simple, considering the original owner left the plugs out. Everything still worked and I was able to loosen the PB. Still working on getting the driver side rotor off. The passenger side pads looked good. I am going to replace the rotors once able to remove the other side. Clean up the internals and I should have no issues adjusting the brake to hold.
12-01-2012 03:36 PM
Dew
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Originally Posted by Supercop260 View Post
Just a suggestion: Could someone add a how-to on repairing a parking brake assembly that's broken? For example, a parking brake handle that has no tension and goes vertical...
sounds like a broken cable
12-01-2012 01:45 PM
Supercop260 Just a suggestion: Could someone add a how-to on repairing a parking brake assembly that's broken? For example, a parking brake handle that has no tension and goes vertical...
11-12-2012 11:07 PM
Blastek awesome writeup. I look forward to using it!
11-12-2012 10:24 PM
SilverSport From the rear looking toward the front. The last pic shows a view of the passenger side from the rear looking forward.
11-12-2012 09:09 PM
WXman When you say counterclockwise and clockwise, are you talking looking from the rear of the Jeep toward the front? Or from the front looking rearward? Because depending on which side of the rear tires you crawl around to do this job, it could be either way.
11-12-2012 08:48 PM
SilverSport I guess the logic is it's easier to remove a plug and adjust them versus taking the caliper and rotor off. LOL
11-12-2012 08:25 PM
MarkinOhio Right, thanks. It kind of lines up, as far as that goes. These star adjusters pretty much blow, IMHO. I will put the new ones on the same as yours. I'm not sure if they will adjust any easier, though.

Just to keep it simple when I adjust them from here on out.

Just wonder why they put them in such a bad spot, you know?
11-12-2012 08:18 PM
SilverSport Well you want the "star" to line up with the adjustment hole in the backing plate.
11-12-2012 07:52 PM
MarkinOhio
Awesome write-up

Thanks for this. Great job, one question though.

My 2007 has the star wheels at the top, not on the bottom like in your pics. I am currently swapping out my pads, and wonder if I should switch the new star wheels to the same position as yours?
10-19-2012 09:17 PM
SilverSport
10-19-2012 08:33 PM
ray-ray thanks!
10-19-2012 06:40 PM
SilverSport Don't fight it, eat it.

Another donation to the imaginary mod fund.
10-19-2012 05:00 PM
ESP I know beer is required for installing a lift but this is the first I've heard of chocolate for modding.
10-19-2012 04:55 PM
fljeepleo Jeep manual calls for pie. They don't specify what kind of pie.
10-19-2012 04:45 PM
ESP Wait a sec...just scrolled through the pics, is a Hersey's pie required here to adjust the brake?
10-19-2012 04:05 PM
SilverSport Frame of reference is indeed looking down from above.
10-19-2012 04:03 PM
Jeff Loughlin Thanks for this fantastic writeup! I've tried to follow other writeups where the writer didn't remove the rotor for the pictures, and I couldn't get a good visual of what that star wheel looked like, so I was never sure exactly what I was looking for in that little hole.

One question, when you say counter-clockwise on the passenger side and clockwise on the driver's side...the star wheel is horizontally mounted, so I assume your frame of reference for clockwise/counter-clockwise is from the viewpoint of looking down on it from above? Or looking up from below (which would mean the opposite direction)?

Now maybe I can finally fix my parking break, which currently has no effect whatsoever when I pull it all the way to the last click...
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