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post #1 of 3 Old 09-22-2017, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Parking brake adjustment...another thought

Ok we all have gone through the ZJ parking brake issues from the seized cams and rusted backing plates and hardware. The main thing is getting the manual shoe adjustment right and it's hard to feel when there is drag from your adjustment due to the drag from the rear disc brakes. So here's my thought:
When doing this adjustment take the extra step of removing the rear wheels and calipers; wire up the calipers on the back side of the coil spring. Re-mount the wheels. Then any drag you feel is only from the drum parking brake shoes not the disc brakes. Make sense?
I thought of this while adjusting the drum trailer brakes on my boat trailer. Much easier to feel the drag with only the drum shoes in play....

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-23-2017, 02:35 AM
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Good tip Lou and makes sense.

My rear calipers seem to back off pretty well and my ceramic pads don't drag on the rotors much. Plus I'll put a couple of lug nuts on the drum face to hold the rotors straight. Seems like even with the wheels/tires on I can tell the difference between pads vs ebrake shoes by noise/feel but have been working on ebrakes for a long time. There again good tip, especially if your pads want to drag on the rotors some.

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