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Old 11-18-2015, 01:09 PM
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Changing rear brakes

Im planning on replacing the rear brakes in the next week or so and I was probably going to do both rotors and pads. Is is recommended to do the E-brake shoes as well? This is the first brake job on the Jeep, have about 60k miles on it and the E-brake still holds OK. Im only hesitant to do it because I remember the last time I did an ebrake like this was on my old ZJ and I remember that being a bitch to do and only want to go down that path if I have to.

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Old 11-18-2015, 01:52 PM   #2
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I'd only swap out the shoes if they need it. Pick up a set when you get the rest of the parts. If you choose not to install the shoes, just return them. But you can use the new ones to compare to the ones that are in there to see if you really need to change them out.

I changed out the ebrake pads on my Jeep because I ended up getting sand in there after doing a water crossing and it ground the pads way down. It's not necessarily as hard as doing a set of regular drums but it's not like swapping discs.

One thing you really need to do is use a vice grip on the brake cable. Put it on the steel inner cable, not the outer sleeve, before you take it apart. The brake mechanism has a pretty stout spring at the brake handle end and if you pop the cable loose, it's really hard to pull it back without disconnecting it at the handle end (which involves taking the center console out completely). The vice grip will hold it while you replace the shoes and let you reconnect it a lot easier.

Putting it back together, you want to make sure they're adjusted properly. That really involves putting the rotor back on, checking the brake tension at the handle, adjusting the shoes (either with the adjuster through the backing plate or by taking the rotor off, and checking again, over and over until you're happy.
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