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.
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?
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.
I don't own an XJ any longer, but I still think they are the best of all the Jeep products ever made. My XJ was my favorite vehicle in my 50+ years of driving.
So...I stick around and give advice.
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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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.
94 2 Door XJ, 4.5 rustys lift w/ full packs, cargar soft 8's, 33/12.50-15 Hi-tech D muds, Trimmed, Home brew bump stop extensions, Lots of rattles and creeks. D30 front with Aussie locker.