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Unread 08-08-2007, 01:20 PM   #1
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Parking Brake?

So the other day I go to apply my parking brake on a hill and the button and spring pop off.

Using pliers I was able to disengage it, but then the metal rod that runs the lenght of the plastic tubing fell out.

My question is do I have to take apart my center console to get to the area I need to fix? I mean, if I take out the tray in the center console, can I get to the area where I can fix it?

Understand?

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Unread 08-08-2007, 01:48 PM   #2
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Unread 08-08-2007, 05:36 PM   #3
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The exact same thing happened to my XJ. At first, I tried to use superglue, but the it was no match for the spring pressure, and the button popped off again and hit the windshield .

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the metal rod that runs the lenght of the plastic tubing fell out.
In mine, the metal rod was still in the brake lever, but it sort of fell back into the lever so you can only pull on it with needlenose pliers. I'm assuming that's what happened to yours.

It makes it a lot easier to fix if you take the console out. When I took my console out, there was a rectangular hole near the base of the lever on the driver's side (at least it's that way on mine). You should be able to see the metal rod through that hole. I used a screwdriver to hold that rod up while I glued the button back on with gel-type superglue.
Here's a tip for the glue. Put a tiny amount of glue in the button cap and let it dry partially so that it makes the hole a little smaller. Then, just before you're ready to put it back on, add some more glue. The dried part will help hold the button on the threaded rod so that the spring doesn't pop it off again while the other glue is drying.

Let me know if you need any advice on getting the console out.
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Unread 08-08-2007, 06:07 PM   #4
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Thanks mate, for awhile there I thought no one was going to answer me. I will try that sometime this week.
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Unread 08-08-2007, 06:15 PM   #5
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No problem. I set up instant notification for new posts this thread, so just post again if you need any more help.
Good luck.
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Unread 08-08-2007, 06:51 PM   #6
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The best type of glue to use for this application is an epoxy-type adhesive. Many guys over on JU have used this sucessfully to solve this exact problem.

Used tape to hold the button on while the epoxy cures overnight.
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Unread 08-08-2007, 06:56 PM   #7
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This has happened to me and what I did was use an electrical wire nut and twist it over the end instead of using the button. It will hold without any glue. I suppose you could then glue the original button over the wire nut if you dremel out the inside of it some.
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Unread 08-08-2007, 07:39 PM   #8
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Same thing happened to my 93 except I went the junkyard route and put in a new one. Took about 45 mins and $15-20 but hopefully wont have to do it again
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