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post #1 of 6 Old 09-25-2017, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Emergeny brake advice?

I have an 04 WJ Laredo with the 4.0L. My emergeny/parking hand brake does my work at all, it hasn't worked since I have had the vehicle. The handle still has has plenty of tension in it, for example I'm not able to fully pull back the handle. But I can pull it up about 20 or so clicks. The brake doesn't engage at all. If I apply the e brake amd but it in drive and take my foot off the foot brake, the car rolls the same speed as it would without the hand brake engaged. Thanks for all the help!

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-25-2017, 06:19 PM
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The e-brake has manual adjusters, a star wheel in each side. Have you ever adjusted yours?
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-25-2017, 07:14 PM
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Also if axle seals leak parking brakes get lubed.

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-25-2017, 10:45 PM
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The handle is self tensioning. Like Harry said the only adjustment is on each shoe. Parking brake kits are cheap if you get in there to adjust them and they are shot.

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I believe they should start to hold the wheels after the second click of the handle (with it raised off the ground), even working properly they don't work that well.
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Since you still feel plenty of tension on ebrake handle it's time to replace your ebrake shoes and they're cheap. I've found about the best tool for removing/installing those shoe retaining clips is a pair of locking needle-nose pliers like vice-grips.

Also when you have the shoes off sand any rust off of the 6 raised metal pads on the dust shield/backing plate the metal part of the shoes rides on. Then put a little lube on them like white or brake grease while lubing the top equalizer a little which pushes the shoes out.

All adjustment is done at the star-wheels on the adjuster unless you're replacing cables which shouldn't be needed. Good luck.

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