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Unread 04-21-2011, 01:39 AM   #1
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Emergency brake shoe install

The other day I bought some new rotors and e brake shoes. When I went to install them I made sure the brake lever was down all the way and I took the star adjuster all the way in. My problem is when I installed the rotor the shoes were really tight going on. One side went on snug, but once I got all the way in it was fine. The other side on the other hand went on tight all the way and once I got it on it was so tight I could not turn the rotor at all. My question is what did I do wrong. I have read a few threads and people are saying that there is no adjustment on the cable at all. Like I said before I had the star adjuster all the way in and the brake lever down all the way? Can anyone help me out on this one. Thanks

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Unread 04-21-2011, 05:50 AM   #2
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My past experiences with drum brakes, I've always set them with some drag to "burn" them in a bit which would give you nice tight e-brake. This could be the same idea being used from the manufacturer, especially since you have everything adjusted to its max.
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Unread 04-21-2011, 11:09 AM   #3
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I just don't understand why one side is fine and the other is tight when they are both run off of the same length of cable and same lever. I paid $150.00 Cdn. for them, so I don't really want to wear them out that quick. Thanks for the reply, but is there anyone else that has any thoughts on this.
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Unread 04-21-2011, 11:19 AM   #4
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There is adjustment at both rotors for both e brake tensions...if that makes sense. The star adjuster that you mentioned did you do teh same thing for both sides? If not that should be your problem.
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Unread 04-21-2011, 12:09 PM   #5
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I ended up reusing the adjusters and I did make sure both were turned all the way in. I had to clean them up, but they are both in good shape.
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Unread 04-22-2011, 09:09 AM   #6
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Does anyone have pictures of the adjusters for the ebrake? Mine ultra loose, and I need to dial them in a lot I imagine.
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Unread 04-22-2011, 10:15 AM   #7
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Does anyone have pictures of the adjusters for the ebrake? Mine ultra loose, and I need to dial them in a lot I imagine.
Go here to see how the lever works.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/o...study-1061720/
The lever gets a new grip on the cable every time you use it.
Here is a pic of the adjusters.





Here is a pic of the access to the adjuster without removing the drum. A little more difficult to do, but can be done.

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Unread 04-22-2011, 02:18 PM   #8
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Thanks! I think my handle is still in good working order, I just have to crank it way to far to get the brake to engage... Might have to replace the pads now that I think of it.
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Unread 04-25-2011, 08:00 PM   #9
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Is there anyone out there that has replaced their own rotors and e brake shoes? I installed mine and there is one side that is still getting hot after I installed it and the adjuster is all the way in. I have read that there is no adjustment on the cable, so what have I done wrong.
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Unread 04-25-2011, 08:06 PM   #10
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Do you by chance have a lift on the jeep and the e-brake cables still attached to the body? I did shoes on a local guy's because when he lifted the cables got pulled tight and were dragging the shoes all the time.
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