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I searched and found how to manually adjust it, but I ask if it is self adjusting like old drums are.... because if I pull the brake up sometimes it will go up (for ex:) 75% and other times 25% of the way up. meaning everytime I pull it up the tension is either at those two spots consistently. I can get it to catch at the 25% up if I raise it slowly....
 

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I searched and found how to manually adjust it, but I ask if it is self adjusting like old drums are.... because if I pull the brake up sometimes it will go up (for ex:) 75% and other times 25% of the way up. meaning everytime I pull it up the tension is either at those two spots consistently. I can get it to catch at the 25% up if I raise it slowly....
No, it is not self adjusting....being an independent system in it's own drum. Self adjusters were designed as you apply regular braking on a combination system, brake shoes and drums. Some design used the caliper itself for braking and parking brake , but not jeep wranglers. The lever on the brake mechanics inside the drum turned the star wheel slightly to spread shoes, on different vehicles.
 

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No, it is not self adjusting....being an independent system in it's own drum. Self adjusters were designed as you apply regular braking on a combination system, brake shoes and drums. Some design used the caliper itself for braking and parking brake , but not jeep wranglers. The lever on the brake mechanics inside the drum turned the star wheel slightly to spread shoes, on different vehicles.
Yeah I used that (brake drums) to explain what I meant by self adjusting. I guess its a bad example as most younger people these days may or may not even know how drums work....

so next question is any idea why its behaving that way?
 

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The parking brake sucks. Well, not in all Jeeps but has not worked since day 1 in mine. Over 5.5 years later, I still have yet to adjust.

The parking brake in my wife's previous 2010, and now 2017 work fine.
 

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so next question is any idea why its behaving that way?
I'd guess there is a cable retainer issue of some sort. Sounds like pulling the E-brake handle slowly allows the cable to seat properly in it's retainer while pulling quickly allows the cable to slip past the retainer clamp somehow. Perhaps a bend retainer clip?
 

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I'd guess there is a cable retainer issue of some sort. Sounds like pulling the E-brake handle slowly allows the cable to seat properly in it's retainer while pulling quickly allows the cable to slip past the retainer clamp somehow. Perhaps a bend retainer clip?
This might be it... Ill have to pull the console out. didn't even think of that!
 

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found this in a video and i now do it, it works. grab handle and depress button, pull up till you feel decent resistance (about 3/4) handle back down, repeat 2 more times then release button with handle in down position, pull up till you feel good resistance. should lock in good. no stopping in between pulls on the handle, one set of repeated motions.
 

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Yeah, the handle is connected to the spring that wraps around the drum, and the drum is attached to the cables. In trying to get the thing to work, I went as far as spraying the spring and drum down with some brake cleaner had the parking brake pads adjusted. Still would not work and what happened is that the cable fell off the actuator at the backing plate. After I had the pads and rotors replaced, and re-attached the cable, I had to pull the handle up and reset it by holding the tab back with a box end wrench and now my parking brake finally works.
 

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I had to replace my ebrake lever when the spring broke and wouldn't tighten the clock spring so I had no ebrake for a while. Wasn't hard or expensive to fix but was annoying. Do they make an upgrade for the Ebrake lever and system?
 

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Mine's been acting up for like a year now and it's doing the same thing basically. I think I'm gonna have the dealer fix it. Hopefully my max care warranty will cover this since it's such a crap design. Man I wish I grabbed the parking brake mechanism out of my Pontiac before it went to the crushed 3 years ago.
 

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Here's the thread on AusJeepOffroad, where he posted all of them. Scroll down to Seacomms' post 26 in the thread.


You can also manually adjust the brake shoes in the drums.
Great read. Direct linked video's from that article:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ag5OO4d_B0#action=share
the problem ^^^^^^^^^^^^
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHf6Eyxn2ok#action=share
His fix ^^^^^^^^^^^^^


One guy said he sprayed gun oil in the assembly through the brushes without removing the interior console and it gave results.

I will have to something here also, as I like a good e-brake with a standard lol. Seems like a good safety thing! New rotors and ebrake hardware adjusted to the max, the lever just doesn't make leverage all the time.
 

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found this in a video and i now do it, it works. grab handle and depress button, pull up till you feel decent resistance (about 3/4) handle back down, repeat 2 more times then release button with handle in down position, pull up till you feel good resistance. should lock in good. no stopping in between pulls on the handle, one set of repeated motions.
Well, how 'bout that! I had noticed mine getting to the full throw/pull too so.... and your suggestion worked like a champ!:)
 

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Mine's been acting up for like a year now and it's doing the same thing basically. I think I'm gonna have the dealer fix it. Hopefully my max care warranty will cover this since it's such a crap design. Man I wish I grabbed the parking brake mechanism out of my Pontiac before it went to the crushed 3 years ago.
We're sorry to hear about this. When you have the opportunity to have your dealer take a look, feel free to send us a PM if additional assistance is needed.
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I searched and found how to manually adjust it, but I ask if it is self adjusting like old drums are.... because if I pull the brake up sometimes it will go up (for ex:) 75% and other times 25% of the way up. meaning everytime I pull it up the tension is either at those two spots consistently. I can get it to catch at the 25% up if I raise it slowly....
I checked in the Owners Manual and the term, "Parking Brake" appeared about 56 times. But never once was there a description on how to keep adjusted for an automatic or manual setup...
 
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