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Unread 05-07-2015, 11:05 AM   #1
CollinCJ5
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76 cj5 emergency brake stuck

my emergency brake is stuck, I have the wheel and drum off and I'm looking at the e brake spring being compressed. I had to drive it home about 10 miles but the shoes look fine and so does the inside of the drum. I cannot get the emergency brake disengaged from the pedal or from inside of the drum because of rust, i believe. Has anyone had this problem? I really need help! This is my daily driver!

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Unread 05-07-2015, 11:31 AM   #2
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Yup, the cable swells from rust and jams inside the case. You need to figure out which cable has seized. The 3 cables join up behind the drivers seat underneath. You can pull on each wheel cable to see if they move. That is where you can slack them off also.
From experience in the rust belt, if one is seized, usually all 3 need to be replaced.
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Unread 05-07-2015, 11:49 AM   #3
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Yup, the cable swells from rust and jams inside the case. You need to figure out which cable has seized. The 3 cables join up behind the drivers seat underneath. You can pull on each wheel cable to see if they move. That is where you can slack them off also.
From experience in the rust belt, if one is seized, usually all 3 need to be replaced.
How would I remove the cables and would it be safe to not have the e brake attached? I don't use it at all because it didnt work until my friend slammed his foot on the pedal.
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Unread 05-07-2015, 12:27 PM   #4
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If the cables are seized just cut them as they have to be replaced anyhow. A cutoff wheel on a grinder or air tool is the best tool for this task.

Your ebrake obviously isn't working, so removing the cables is no different.
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Unread 05-07-2015, 12:28 PM   #5
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How would I remove the cables and would it be safe to not have the e brake attached? I don't use it at all because it didnt work until my friend slammed his foot on the pedal.
Look under behind the drivers seat. You will see 3 cables coming together and a looonng bolt to try and fight the adjusting nut off of on one cable. Sounds like the front cable is bad, but it is safer having the cable cut even then having dragging brakes. If replacing the cable I don't mess with that usually rusted round nut, I just use the angle grinder on it.
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