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Unread 09-08-2011, 01:47 PM   #1
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Parking brake does not work

Ok all, pardon my nubliness, but I just don't know where to start on this. I bought a 89 YJ and the parking brake does not work. It had been lifted and now has 33" tires on it. The previous owner never used it so he never noticed this issue. I don't normally use it either, but I am shipping it overseas for my move and they require it to work before loading it on the boat. It feels loose when pushing in like the cable is too loose, so I guess I will start there...any other ideas?

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Unread 09-08-2011, 01:58 PM   #2
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Crawl underneath and look at cables. tighten them if possible.
Also, go thur the stickys and find out if your Jeep has had the rework done on the brake lever.
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Unread 09-08-2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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I tried adjusting the tension on the cable, but when the brake is engaged there is no more cable to pull out...it seems to be pulling a total of about 5 inches on rear cable. Something to do inside the drum? Something related to the larger wheels?
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Unread 09-08-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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The mechanism seems to operate fine, just not stopping vehicular motion.
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Unread 09-08-2011, 02:27 PM   #5
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Alright your now part of the Parking break that doesn't work club.
Welcome and enjoy your time here.
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Unread 09-08-2011, 02:28 PM   #6
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Yay...I feel so special...I guess to the shop it goes before I move...
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Unread 09-09-2011, 07:39 AM   #7
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The cable is to long. It's a factory thing. You can take it apart and put a spacer behind the cable and the ajuster.
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Unread 09-09-2011, 09:36 AM   #8
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So, how does this spacer go on? At the pedal end? Any pics available?
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Unread 09-09-2011, 09:55 AM   #9
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First adjust the brakeshoes properly before adjusting the e/brake. Does wonders.
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Unread 09-09-2011, 11:43 AM   #10
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Ever YJ I test drove (EVERY ONE OF THEM) had poorly adjusted rear brakes. This affects the function of the parking brake.

Jack up the rear wheel, use a flat screwdriver (or drum brake adjuster tool if you have, better angle, easier) and adjust the shoes. This is done from the oval shaped port on the dust cover behind the drums. Adjust them until you can JUST feel the wheel drag, then back it off a click. (that's how I do mine anyways...)

The stopping ability is so much better with proper adjustment too.
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Unread 09-09-2011, 06:54 PM   #11
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Ever YJ I test drove (EVERY ONE OF THEM) had poorly adjusted rear brakes. This affects the function of the parking brake.

Jack up the rear wheel, use a flat screwdriver (or drum brake adjuster tool if you have, better angle, easier) and adjust the shoes. This is done from the oval shaped port on the dust cover behind the drums. Adjust them until you can JUST feel the wheel drag, then back it off a click. (that's how I do mine anyways...)

The stopping ability is so much better with proper adjustment too.
This should fix you ebrake and get you stopping quite a bit better- at least for a couple weeks
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Unread 09-09-2011, 07:04 PM   #12
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I lived in Germany for 10 years while stationed in the military and trust me, you'll want to have everything on your Jeep fixed now, before your go. If you think repairs are expensive here, just wait till you get "there".
Instead of trying to figure out your parking brake issue, replace the rear brakes and drums and have them adjusted properly.
If you have anything "iffy", get it done now or you'll regret it later.
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Unread 09-10-2011, 06:26 PM   #13
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I lived in Germany for 10 years while stationed in the military and trust me, you'll want to have everything on your Jeep fixed now, before your go. If you think repairs are expensive here, just wait till you get "there".
Instead of trying to figure out your parking brake issue, replace the rear brakes and drums and have them adjusted properly.
If you have anything "iffy", get it done now or you'll regret it later.
Yeah, especially since I am being transferred to Bahrain!!

But I don't think it is the cable, it pulled the cable out from the brake side of the equalizer and there is no more play. I think it is in the drum/shoe itself. That is the next path I am going down.
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Unread 09-11-2011, 06:46 AM   #14
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I spent two tours in the "middle east", too, and it is even worse! Bahrain isn't quite as bad as some places you could go to, but you would do well to get things done now. You might even think about buying and shipping a few spare parts just in case. Good luck!
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Unread 09-11-2011, 08:05 AM   #15
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HI,
The rear brakes on an '89 YJ are self-adjusting. They adjust every time you are moving in reverse and apply the brakes. However, it would be a good idea to manually adjust them just to make sure of where your starting point is.

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