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pjk1954
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:11 am    Post subject: Tightening parking brake Reply with quote

Have to pull the braking almost out of the box to get it to hold. Anybody have info on how to tighten parking barke for better hold ? Thanks !
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check the adjustment at each wheel. The parking brakes with rear drums on a Jeep are notorious for not keeping adjustment. You'll probably need to length the star adjuster to spread the shoes apart a bit. With rear discs, the setup is essentially the same but with a more simplified, mini-drum inside the hat of the disc rotor.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, in the middle, above the driveshaft where the two cables come together, there's an adjustment bolt where you can tighten it down some more.


If you need a pic, I can get one later when I get back on my regular computer.



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pjk1954
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 1:45 pm    Post subject: Parking Brake is Loose Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies!! Do I need a star adjustment tool or can I reach with a screw driver?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To do what I suggested, all you need is a couple of wrenches...I'm not sure about what to use with what Ehirner suggested
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stevo02TJ wrote:
Also, in the middle, above the driveshaft where the two cables come together, there's an adjustment bolt where you can tighten it down some more.

This manner of adjustment is not to be used to adjust the shoes. That's why I didn't suggest it.

pjk1954 wrote:
Thanks for the replies!! Do I need a star adjustment tool or can I reach with a screw driver?

I use a small screwdriver. You'll reach through a small hole in the backing plate to turn the adjuster. There might be a small rubber plug that will need to be removed. It'll be directly below the axle tube.

I can never remember which way to spin it and always turn it the wrong way first. pull hair
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

turn it clockwise to tighten. I am in the middle of changing the parking brake shoes on my zj, the guy before me must of ran alot with the brake on, plus my last little adventure in the mud+them trying to hold the jeep while on a step grade when the brakes are smellin up the forest didnt help. but anyway just tighten the adjustment screw thats inside the rotor and it will fix your prob.
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