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Unread 06-25-2007, 12:31 PM   #1
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Emergency Brake button popped off, how to fix?

Like the title says my emergency brake button came off. It shot off along witht he spring that is behind it. I have place it back where it is supposed to go but the break will not hold now. I can pull it up and there is resistance but it just falls back down. It will not hold its locked position. What can I do to fix this? By looking at the button and the plastic rod that it connects to, it looks like it broke off. Do I need another E-brake assembly? I have not taken anything apart yet, how much fun am I in for? Thanks for any help.

this is on an 1985 Cherokee 2 door, 5 speed.

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Unread 06-25-2007, 12:50 PM   #2
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I had a similar issue. I pulled the center console out and replaced the Ebrake assembly with a junk yard unit.

Not hard to do, but it takes some time with all the screws that need to be removed.
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Unread 06-25-2007, 12:53 PM   #3
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I had a similar issue. I pulled the center console out and replaced the Ebrake assembly with a junk yard unit.

Not hard to do, but it takes some time with all the screws that need to be removed.
all the screws that hold the center console down? I don't have carpet in the front of the jeep so it easier for me to get to all of this stuff. Do you know what year E-brake assemblies I can use? I have an 85. And does the ebrake cable disconnect on the handle or am I going to have to run a new cable too?
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Unread 06-25-2007, 03:06 PM   #4
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There is an easier fix--reattach the button to the shaft with epoxy. Hold the button on until the epoxy cures with duct tape. Overnight will do just fine for restoring the button's function to like new.
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Unread 06-25-2007, 03:11 PM   #5
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Shouldn't need a new cable. You'll see where the cable end feeds into the handle assembly. Take your old one with you to the junk yard. I'd assume a 84-86 woudl be a perfect match, but you may even be able to use a 87-90 or even a 91-96.

Try the above mentioned glue trick, but if that doesn't work hit the yards.
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Unread 06-25-2007, 09:12 PM   #6
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same thing happened to me this weekend... only brake was set on the side of a hill on a trail... thank God for needle nose pliers! I'll try the glue thing first.
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Unread 06-25-2007, 10:38 PM   #7
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I just glued mine last week with some 15 minute plastic epoxy and it worked like a charm. The only thing that I had to do was sit there and hold the button for 5 minutes while the epoxy initally set up. Seems to be working great.
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Unread 06-25-2007, 10:45 PM   #8
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My button went ballistic and flew out the window along with the spring. Junkyard fix worked for me.
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Unread 06-26-2007, 06:42 AM   #9
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I'll try the epoxy thing first then I will go to the junk yard if that does not work. It sounds like this is a common problem I did not think I would find that many people with this problem.
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Unread 07-03-2007, 11:29 PM   #10
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junkyard fix is def. the way to go
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Unread 07-03-2007, 11:36 PM   #11
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nah epoxy i broke the little thing in my shifter (automatic) and i superglued that baby in! if my ebrak worked i bet my button would break too little **** like that always happens to me!
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