Adjust parking brake?? - North American Grand Cherokee Association
North American Grand Cherokee Association

Go Back   North American Grand Cherokee Association > Grand Cherokee Forum > Drivetrain Tech Center
Nagca.com is the premier Jeep Grand Cherokee Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-20-2009, 07:41 AM   #1
WXman
Senior Member
Grand Junkie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 126
Default Adjust parking brake??

I searched, found nothing...

I just picked up a '96 ZJ from a friend. One thing I need to do ASAP is adjust the parking brake. It currently does not hold the Jeep at all. I do know that all the brake pads are new, including the shoes for the parking brakes. So I am assuming the cable just needs adjustment. Is this correct or is there another common issue with these Jeeps? Any tricks on how to adjust it??
WXman is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-20-2009, 08:57 AM   #2
Gaze
Senior Member
Grand Junkie
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: West Deptford, NJ
Posts: 231
Send a message via AIM to Gaze
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WXman View Post
I searched, found nothing...

I just picked up a '96 ZJ from a friend. One thing I need to do ASAP is adjust the parking brake. It currently does not hold the Jeep at all. I do know that all the brake pads are new, including the shoes for the parking brakes. So I am assuming the cable just needs adjustment. Is this correct or is there another common issue with these Jeeps? Any tricks on how to adjust it??
The general rule of thumb is to adjust the parking brake on the rear brake shoes, not where the cables come together under the center of the vehicle. I'd suggest picking up a Haynes manual. The pictures and instructions in there are clearer than anything I've been able to track down on here.
Gaze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2009, 11:04 AM   #3
swoop95
Senior Member
Grand Master
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: East Alabama; West Georgia
Posts: 1,185
Send a message via AIM to swoop95 Send a message via Yahoo to swoop95
Default

Listen to Gaze adjust the rear brakes first, then if needed you can get under the vehicle and adjust the e brake cable thing

heres a pic of it

__________________
95 5.2L Limited - NP231 Swap - Novak Shifter - Turbo City Dual Intake w/ K&N Filters - Flowmaster 40 - Hayden Tranny Cooler - RE Lift - 32" BFG A/T's - KOR TBC - Full Skids
2009 Harley Davidson FXDB - 2009 2DR JK Wrangler
swoop95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2009, 12:26 PM   #4
WXman
Senior Member
Grand Junkie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 126
Default

Can you use a screwdriver to reach in that hole on the backing plate, or do you have to have one of those brake adjustment tools?
__________________
1996 ZJ - 4.0L - NV 242 - 4.11s - 2" lift - 31x10.50 TreadWrights on Black Rock wheels - skids - KOR tow pointz - Aussie Locker - DT8000s / 2001 WJ - Work in progress
WXman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 05:38 AM   #5
wjcando
Member
Grand Rookie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 79
Default

If it's pretty much like the WJ, I found that a screwdriver or one of those little paint can openers the paint store gives away (beer bottle opener on other side ) works just fine.
wjcando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 06:53 AM   #6
WXman
Senior Member
Grand Junkie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 126
Default

OK...in that picture that Swoop posted....I tried to turn that nut and it won't turn at all. It has been soaking in WD-40 for a few days and still wouldn't turn. I guess it's going to take some more force to turn that puppy.

So anyway, I'm going to forget that for now and start by adjusting each cable at the shoes like you guys say. So we'll see what happens tonight when I get a chance to do it. Does your parking brake hold your Jeep well?
__________________
1996 ZJ - 4.0L - NV 242 - 4.11s - 2" lift - 31x10.50 TreadWrights on Black Rock wheels - skids - KOR tow pointz - Aussie Locker - DT8000s / 2001 WJ - Work in progress
WXman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 07:49 AM   #7
swoop95
Senior Member
Grand Master
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: East Alabama; West Georgia
Posts: 1,185
Send a message via AIM to swoop95 Send a message via Yahoo to swoop95
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WXman View Post
OK...in that picture that Swoop posted....I tried to turn that nut and it won't turn at all. It has been soaking in WD-40 for a few days and still wouldn't turn. I guess it's going to take some more force to turn that puppy.

So anyway, I'm going to forget that for now and start by adjusting each cable at the shoes like you guys say. So we'll see what happens tonight when I get a chance to do it. Does your parking brake hold your Jeep well?
Just FYI the reason I took that pic is cause I couldn't adjust the one I had it was rusted solid. So I pulled one at a junk yard and through it up under there.
__________________
95 5.2L Limited - NP231 Swap - Novak Shifter - Turbo City Dual Intake w/ K&N Filters - Flowmaster 40 - Hayden Tranny Cooler - RE Lift - 32" BFG A/T's - KOR TBC - Full Skids
2009 Harley Davidson FXDB - 2009 2DR JK Wrangler
swoop95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 08:30 AM   #8
Preppi12
Senior Member
Grand Master
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Petersburg, VA
Posts: 1,137
Send a message via AIM to Preppi12
Default

Lots of heat will be your friend to get it broken loose. I let mine soak for a couple days when I adjusted mine but I ended up having to get it cherry red before it would budge.
__________________
-Matt
- www.moonworksoffroad.com
Preppi12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2009, 11:41 AM   #9
WXman
Senior Member
Grand Junkie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 126
Default

And FWIW, the instructions in the Haynes manual on how to do this make NO sense whatsoever.
__________________
1996 ZJ - 4.0L - NV 242 - 4.11s - 2" lift - 31x10.50 TreadWrights on Black Rock wheels - skids - KOR tow pointz - Aussie Locker - DT8000s / 2001 WJ - Work in progress
WXman is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:16 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.