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post #1 of 5 Old 09-10-2005, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Rotor Removal / Emergency Brake problems

One of the guys I work with just bought a 98 Laredo yesterday. Pretty good deal, nice ride, just a couple little things to adjust/fix.

Bear with me, the Jeep isnt at my house, I'm posting this for him as he is under the Jeep as I type.

He says the Emergency/Parking brake isnt working. He has traced the cable down to the rear rotor ( right I think ) but he says he cant get that rotor off. He has a Haynes manuel ( yeah, I know ... forgive him ) but it is of little help ( go figure ).

Any ideas on what the problem could be with that rotor ?, or have any of you guys had any problems with the brake on the ZJ's ?

Thanks, and I'll post back if I find out any more info.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-10-2005, 01:14 PM
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First, check to make sure there aren't any clips on the wheel studs holding the rotor on. Unlikely but check that first.
The most likely problem after he's removed the caliper is that the rotor is rusted or just dirt jammed on. What I did recently wsas shoot WD40 on all the studs and around the axle hub and let it sit. Then I took a hammer and banged away on the back of the rotor until it loosened. I had to do this with 3 of the rotors.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-10-2005, 06:51 PM
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Has he tried loosening the e-brake? I know this might seem obvious but it happens. If the e-brake pads are dragging on the inner drum the rotor will be next to impossible to remove.
If he's uncertain how to do it, here's what he'll need to do:
  1. Remove plug from each lower access hole in the brake support plates.
  2. Loosen parking brake cable adjustment nut until there is slack in front cable.
  3. Insert adjusting tool (or a large flathead screwdriver) through support plate access hole and engage in teeth of adjusting screw star wheel.
  4. Rotate adjuster screw star wheel (move tool handle downward) until rotor isn't dragging. You may need to hold the adjuster lever away from star wheel with thin screwdriver, and back off adjuster screw star wheel with the other screwdriver...I forget.
Phil covered the rest in the post above.

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Whenever I come across a stubborn rotor I've found that, like Phil said, spraying WD-40 and letting it sit helps. After a few minutes stick a long flathead into the backside of the rotor (between the mud guard and the rotor) and give it some good whacks. If you position the screwdriver right it should knock the rotor right out.


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post #5 of 5 Old 09-10-2005, 10:32 PM
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Thanks guys. I am the one in question here. (actually the Jeep is my nephews) We never did get that rotor off, but with some tips from somewhere else on here, I was able to get the e-brake adjusted. Works well and thanks a million.

As for that Haynes manual. That is why we made a posting here...

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