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Unread 03-29-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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Replacing parking brake shoes

Hi All.
I'm in the process of replacing my rear parking brake shoes since the old ones were shot.
I have a 2008 jk Rubi. I got the assembly taken apart and understand how it is supposed to go together, but just cannot seem to do it.
The problem i have run into is the longer inner spring that holds the shoes in the craddle is neigh impossible to stretch long enough to get over/around the clamp/craddle.

Here is a new shoe with an old shoe along with the long spring (held by the pliers)


The assembly need to get the spring around (inside of)


New shoes w/spring attached. Now just need to get them around assembly into the cradles.


The whole effing shebang...


I looked at a 2007 rubi set up and it only has 1 shorter inner spring and a metal coil clip rather than a long spring like mine.
Any ideas?

I'll see if i can upload photos again...

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Unread 03-29-2014, 04:45 PM   #2
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Photos uploaded in OP. :-)
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From what I can tell, you are trying to assemble and then place in the brake as a unit. The way I do it is to place the brake shoes in the brackets first, then install the spring. Yes, it takes a big, big pull to stretch the spring, but I insert one end and then grab it with some vice grips and pull like hell....never seen them place together with spring the way you describe.
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I agree with what you say. After a few failed attempts, I called the local dealership and a brake/wheel store who advised to put the shoes together on the spring prior to putting them on the assembly. *sigh* Shows what they know, right?

I'll go suck it up and ask a neighbor for help on the Hulk stretching spring part, since all my other Jeep club friends are on a rock run, ha!
Thanks!
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I agree with what you say. After a few failed attempts, I called the local dealership and a brake/wheel store who advised to put the shoes together on the spring prior to putting them on the assembly. *sigh* Shows what they know, right?

I'll go suck it up and ask a neighbor for help on the Hulk stretching spring part, since all my other Jeep club friends are on a rock run, ha!
Thanks!
Actually that is what you do put the spring between the 2 shoes then hold the first one inplace and use the second shoes to levelage and pull the spring to get the shoe inplace
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Unread 03-29-2014, 10:59 PM   #6
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Finally got them on. Did connect them first but put them on not over the assembly. Two person project. Had to then slide them over to the craddles and assembly.
Wow. Sounds simple to do. Ha! Guess some have to learn the hard way. At least i should never have to do it again.

Thanks for the input.
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Unread 03-30-2014, 10:09 AM   #7
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. At least i should never have to do it again.
Dang, you never should have said that!
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