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Old 06-13-2019, 05:58 PM
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Question How many clicks on parking brake?

Just got done replacing rear pads and rotors (30K on the button and two chunks of my rotor fell off, what a pain in the @SS that was). I turned the brake adjusters all the way down and then turned them up until I got some resistance on the handle and about 6 clicks. Buttoned everything up and it would barely hold. Took it all back apart and readjusted the shoes to 5mm up on the adjuster and could just get the rotors back on, but there is no drag on the wheel so I guess it's good. Now it's 3 clicks and if I give it all little more it will click 4 times and seems to hold the Jeep just fine on normal inclines. Should I call it good?

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I have to pull my parking brake with all I've got to get it to hold. Going to try to adjust soon. Don't really trust it actually holding back on something steep.

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Mine is worthless...my Jeep rolled down rhe driveway and across the street and into my neighbor's fence. My driveway is quite steep - thought I had it far enough up (level spot).Nope. Thank god the fence was there... otherwise it would rolled down a 300' high hill into numerous houses. Did I mention it glanced off his BMW and nearly 25' fell off his wooden deck/driveway?
No damge to the BMW, my Jeep (except a lil paint). The fence needed a lil help, but no worries.

The Jeep was in 1st gr, and the ebrake set and off she went
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Total garbage and should be embarrassing to the company, several hundred dollars of damage to my JKUR on a hill after the ebrake and being in 2nd gear failed me.
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I put rear disks and pads on mine a couple of months ago. (Didn't really need to though. I had a full 1/3 of my pads left... even at 65,000 miles) Prior to that, my parking brake handle came all the way to the top of it's travel and would barely hold the Jeep in a slight incline.

I adjusted the star adjuster on the back brakes maybe five clicks. (I pushed one of the "star" points on the adjuster with a screw driver about five times). Now the handle comes up midway in its travel and stops very positively. It holds the Jeep well now.
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I put rear disks and pads on mine a couple of months ago. (Didn't really need to though. I had a full 1/3 of my pads left... even at 65,000 miles) Prior to that, my parking brake handle came all the way to the top of it's travel and would barely hold the Jeep in a slight incline.

I adjusted the star adjuster on the back brakes maybe five clicks. (I pushed one of the "star" points on the adjuster with a screw driver about five times). Now the handle comes up midway in its travel and stops very positively. It holds the Jeep well now.
Yup...tried that...no dice. Even replaced the handle and tried the Aussie spring trick...the parking brake is a pos.
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I've never trusted the weak E brake on JKs. Better off buying a couple of wheels chalks and calling it good.
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:26 AM   #9
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Just got done replacing rear pads and rotors (30K on the button and two chunks of my rotor fell off, what a pain in the @SS that was). I turned the brake adjusters all the way down and then turned them up until I got some resistance on the handle and about 6 clicks. Buttoned everything up and it would barely hold. Took it all back apart and readjusted the shoes to 5mm up on the adjuster and could just get the rotors back on, but there is no drag on the wheel so I guess it's good. Now it's 3 clicks and if I give it all little more it will click 4 times and seems to hold the Jeep just fine on normal inclines. Should I call it good?
If the brakes are not dragging when off and 4 clicks are enough to hold the jeep i would say very good.
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I pretend like it's not even a feature in my JEEP totally worthless on a manual. I have to always be cognizant of where I park and how I park or I might damage property or worse injure someone. My parking brake is gone after one take off attempt by me while the brake was on and that was long ago. I replaced my pads but left the rotor alone really I don't think it does any good.
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My ebrake will hold my JK if I try to drive off with it still on. I still never leave the Jeep on any incline without it being in 1st or reverse.
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I adjusted my 2011 so that the rotors just start to drag with lever in the down position. When I pull it up all the way up to the stop it will hold on level ground but certainly not on a steep incline. Nothing much you can do other than parking in first or reverse every time.
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Mine holds just fine, a couple of clicks is all it takes.
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I use mine a lot, especially in cities like SF.
Park on automatics isn't strong, my jeep was pushed back by a "nice" lady on a Parking lot like nothing hold it. IDK eater parking disengaged or slipped but the jeep moved 1/2 feet back. I would suggest using e-brake even on slight inclines with AT.
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I just bought a brake spoon since my e brake has been terrible as well. Now I'll be sure to check the pads as well. Anyone have better luck just getting new pads?
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Take a look at how narrow and thin those shoes are... even the fact that they are only 'glued' on.. "PARKING BRAKE" . Ha !!
"E-brake" certainly not !!
Be sure to aim it at a curb or tree (preferably very close, as not to gain any momentum) to be sure your baby is still in the vicinity of where you left her.
Mine holds for NOT and I grew up with 4 wheel drums..
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I just adjusted mine when I did axle shafts. I just turned em "some" - after watching some of the vids.

How they'd expect anyone to be able to set both of 'em equally is beyond me.

So hard to turn (and they are in opposite directions) - you really sorta lose count as to how man clicks.. or where one side might be in reference to the other.

Adjusted "some"... it's "better" - not great.
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click the adjuster all the way out until you here it rub.... then back it off 1 click.
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Just got done replacing rear pads and rotors (30K on the button and two chunks of my rotor fell off, what a pain in the @SS that was). I turned the brake adjusters all the way down and then turned them up until I got some resistance on the handle and about 6 clicks. Buttoned everything up and it would barely hold. Took it all back apart and readjusted the shoes to 5mm up on the adjuster and could just get the rotors back on, but there is no drag on the wheel so I guess it's good. Now it's 3 clicks and if I give it all little more it will click 4 times and seems to hold the Jeep just fine on normal inclines. Should I call it good?
Four clicks and itís close. One more hard tug and the fifth click holds her in place.
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depends, which is weird. Some days it only takes 3-4 clicks, then one extra just in case. Other days, it feels looser than going potty after a night of binge drinking....takes about 6-7 or so clicks then. I use it, but I think it just makes me feel like I'm doing something.
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I don't hear the click. I hold down the thumb button then pull it up. On my 2012, 2016 &
now 2018 the Jeeps will not move if I try to drive without releasing the brake.
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Mine depends on the alignments of the planets. Sometimes it stops at like 2 clicks and sometimes it pulls all the way. I had it replaced by the dealer. It always holds if I pull it twice.

Nevertheless, I always park in 4-Low and 1st gear if there's even a slight incline. I highly recommend it.
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I tested my e-brake on a hill yesterday and it stopped my Jeep. Dirt hill, it even locked up the rear tires when I pulled up hard.

What I don’t have faith in is the regular brakes when reversing. If I put it into reverse I have to stand on the pedal to stop my Jeep. It is especially hard to stop my Jeep if I have to back down a hill. I have tried to just go to neutral and control the backwards roll (on small hills only).
I have original tires. I am seriously considering the BBK because of this.
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................ The Jeep was in 1st gr, and the ebrake set and off she went

Maybe I`m missing sumtin`? A couple of you mentioned being in gear and the Jeep still rolled away? How can that be? Gears can turn with motor off? I thought they are lock with motor off?
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It is not uncommon for a standard shift vehicle roll when parked on an incline if the transmission is in a high(ish) gear. Reverse and first hold well but the higher gears don't do as well. It's a wheel speed vs RPM thing
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1st isn't low enough to prevent this engine from rolling over. Reverse is even taller. Hence, use 4-low and 1st.
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Guys, so many vehicles have automatics now that they have stopped teaching how to park a vehicle on a hill with a manual transmission.

First -always put the transmission in 1st. Never 2nd or higher. If you have a vehicle with the heavy duty four speed that has granny low, 1st gear is actually 2nd and will not hold the vehicle on a hill (I found out the hard way and did over $4,000 in damage to a six month old '90 Dodge W250, fortunately it was on my property and the damage was inflicted when it went under the guy wire on a power pole and didn't hit the pole).

Second - if you have a curb, point the front wheels toward the curb if headed down hill or away from the curb if headed up hill. That way if the vehicle starts to move the tire will hit the curb and stop.
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Blastek, IMHO under normal circumstances, 1st and reverse are fine without 4-low. If it is really steep I'll go with rgreen65 and throw on the e-brake just for good measure.
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Second - if you have a curb, point the front wheels toward the curb if headed down hill or away from the curb if headed up hill. That way if the vehicle starts to move the tire will hit the curb and stop.

I'm going to disagree here, and also there won't always be a curb available so the "toward/away" doesn't apply.



Instead, always point the wheels in the direction you'd want the Jeep to roll if it breaks loose. The curb thing is a good general rule, if you can get the front wheels right up against it. But out here where I live, everything is on a hill, you might be parking uphill on a gravel driveway or in a field or on a road with no curbs


Picture it: You're parked uphill on a gravel road. Hill 5 feet away on your immediate right, drop off 30 feet into a river across the road on your left. Which way would you want it to roll, and in which direction would you point the wheels to achieve that?


Your theory, wheels "away", would have you rolling into the river. But wheels "toward" would have you backing into the nearby hill.
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Blastek, IMHO under normal circumstances, 1st and reverse are fine without 4-low. If it is really steep I'll go with rgreen65 and throw on the e-brake just for good measure.
It really is not fine. If the engine is in just the right position, it does tick over in first. One creep is all you need to build momentum and off it goes. There are dozens of threads on here of this happening, some with catastrophic consequences, so never park without the e-brake on.

My Jeep and my Escape will creep in first if you don't use the e-brake. My Tiguan and 200sx will not budge.

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