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Unread 11-18-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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2011 Wrangler Hand Break Concern

Hey Guys,

Im a relatively new jeep owner, and as I was parking my jeep, I do what I usually do, slip it into park than pull up my hand break.

I happened to pull my hand break up relatively hard, as per usual, and it made a louder noise, and became kind of loose. Do you think I harmed anything?

I don't know if its just me, but as I pull my hand break up now, it seems less-stiff... Can someone help, I'm concerned as this vehicle is relatively new and thinking about asking Jeep to take a look just in case.

Please let me know.

Thank you.

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Unread 11-18-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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its fine. you didnt hurt anything - its entirely placebo
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Unread 11-18-2012, 05:36 PM   #3
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Hey Guys,

Im a relatively new jeep owner, and as I was parking my jeep, I do what I usually do, slip it into park than pull up my hand break.

I happened to pull my hand break up relatively hard, as per usual, and it made a louder noise, and became kind of loose. Do you think I harmed anything?

I don't know if its just me, but as I pull my hand break up now, it seems less-stiff... Can someone help, I'm concerned as this vehicle is relatively new and thinking about asking Jeep to take a look just in case.

Please let me know.

Thank you.
If the lever no longer has tension on it at the top of the range, you have likely broken the clutch spring.
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Unread 11-18-2012, 06:01 PM   #4
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If the lever no longer has tension on it at the top of the range, you have likely broken the clutch spring.
It has tension, it seems normal, but maybe not as factory stiff. but it definitely has tension and stays up..
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Unread 11-18-2012, 06:19 PM   #5
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Mine does the same thing. I can hold the button in while pulling it up(so you dont hear/feel the cogs) and it pops really loud at about 3/4 pull. I only have 900 miles on my 13 JKR.
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Unread 11-18-2012, 06:32 PM   #6
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Mine does the same thing. I can hold the button in while pulling it up(so you dont hear/feel the cogs) and it pops really loud at about 3/4 pull. I only have 900 miles on my 13 JKR.
That pop may be the spring clutch slipping.

Try cleaning the clutch spring with a lot of brake cleaner. See if it makes a difference.

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Unread 11-18-2012, 06:37 PM   #7
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Thanks. Will do, even tho it urks me to have to having less than 1000 miles, but so it goes.
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Unread 11-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #8
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So I didn't do any damage? Yeah mine is 11' with 20,000 km only
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Unread 11-19-2012, 07:35 AM   #9
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Why do you put the e brake on when you put the Jeep in park? The transmission locks and holds the vehicle.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 07:46 AM   #10
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Why do you put the e brake on when you put the Jeep in park? The transmission locks and holds the vehicle.
That little pawl shouldn't be depended upon to hold the Jeep if there is any incline at all.
Have you ever pulled the lever out of park, and the Jeep was resting on the pawl? Did you notice the resistance and the noise it made? That's wearing away the pawl, making it more apt to slip out of park on an incline.

For those with manual transmissions, people have come out to get in their Jeeps and found them down the driveway, or even across the street, because the engine had slowly turned over, allowing the Jeep to move on its own.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 08:28 AM   #11
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I've never understood why people don't engage the parking brake on auto trans cars. I remember years ago there was a car that was popping out of park and rolling away (defect in the trans) and engaging the parking brake would have avoided accidents.

I drive manuals and always set the parking brake. Maybe it's just me but I figure it's there for a reason.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 10:30 AM   #12
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Yup... pull mine up every time... Just concerned, I dont think I harmed anything though
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Unread 11-19-2012, 11:16 AM   #13
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As a Canadian sorry guys I would like to apologize for this part sucking :P

I need to take mine in one of these days, its has a mind of its own as to if it will engage or not.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 11:35 AM   #14
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I had the stealership check mine because it just didn't seem to hold on even the slightest incline. The fix was "pull it up harder and further"... it holds when you do that... but dang, doesn't seem like that should have to be the case. They didn't want to adjust it any because it would just be dragging and wear down to the same point it's at now... makes sense sure, but doesn't seem right to have to pull the thing so hard and so far to get it to engage. Oh well... probably doesn't help that I've got 5,000lbs of Nitto Trail Grappler dragging the thing down the driveway... LOL
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I had the stealership check mine because it just didn't seem to hold on even the slightest incline. The fix was "pull it up harder and further"... it holds when you do that... but dang, doesn't seem like that should have to be the case. They didn't want to adjust it any because it would just be dragging and wear down to the same point it's at now... makes sense sure, but doesn't seem right to have to pull the thing so hard and so far to get it to engage. Oh well... probably doesn't help that I've got 5,000lbs of Nitto Trail Grappler dragging the thing down the driveway... LOL
If you have to pull way up to get it to hold consider the following...

1. The brake shoes are probably out of adjustment, or worn. Adjusting them correctly will make it hold with three or four clicks. It will not cause the shoes to drag and wear down again. I use the parking brake every day, and had to adjust it only once, back in 2009. It holds on the third or fourth click.

2. The tension spring may be broken. It's function is to maintain 20 lbs. pull on the cable to remove slack, and give the lever a new grip on the cable drum each time it's pulled. If the tension spring is broken, or disconnected, the lever will get progressively worse, until it's all the way up, with no brake being applied.

Look in through the brush seal under the lever, and see if the tension spring is still connected.

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