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Old 12-10-2009, 08:00 AM   #1
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hello everyone, my name is ed and i own a 2000 xj that i recently put all new parts in doing a rear brake drum job, i'm having a problem with the e-brake working, before i did the brakes and with the old brakes the e-brake would hold tight at half way up, now that i put the new shoes and everything else you could replace on the e-brake comes all the way up and barely holds the jeep. if i adjust the e-brake to where it should be the shoes are not just dragging but holding. i would appreciate anyone info or opion on the problem i'm having. thank you.......ed
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I hate to ask a stupid question, but did you adjust your shoes by spinning the adjustment wheel after you installed them? They should barely drag after you install/adjust them.
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thanks for the reply, yes i adjusted the brakes till i had a drag and i have no e-brake but if i adjust them to where the e-brake should be the drums are locked up tight, when i did the rear drums years ago i adjusted till i had a slight drag and the e-brake only went up a quarter of the way and held the jeep tight. and after that every oil change i would adjust a little at a time. and with the bad shoes the e-brake held just pass half way up. now i have a slight drag but i have to pull it tight all the way up(where ive never had it) tto make it hold.
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I havnt actually done it yet, but there is a separate E-brake cable adjustment you can do....and all it effects is the e-brake application, if you replaced the shoes, springs, so on so fourth, i would start researching on how to do that, if i find the info again i will post it up for you.

That would be the fix youre looking for I do believe
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There is a secondary ebrake adjustment about half way down the bottom of the vehicle on my 94xj. Used a pair vise grips and a box end wrench to tighten/loosen (after new pads) along with a liberal coating of penetrating oil (everything was rusted). Just trace the ebrake cables forward from the axle and you will find the adjustment. If you can disassemble and properly reassemble a set of rear drum brakes, you will easily figure out the adjuster.
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yes in the actual cable.....in the equalizer (where the single cable splits with a mechanism into 2 cables that run into the separate drums) pretty sure there is a nut on a threaded rod on the equalizer, thats what youre going to want to look at....pull your e brake handle 2-3 clicks, tighten it up and keep checking for the drag...when you get drag, back off till its gone, and recheck the engagement/disengagement on your handle.....repeat until you have it where you want it
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thanks alot for the perfect information guys, i feel stupid now but my e-brake works great...lol...if the adjustment would have been a snake i would have got bitten the adjustment was so close. after ready the responses i went out and sprayed lube on it and before i left work i did like yous said and now i have great brakes and e-brake. thanks alot once again.....ed
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Thanks for coming back and letting us know how the issue was resolved.
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That is exactly what these pages are for- exchange of information, helping each other. I have learned sooooo much and have saved soooooo much moolah since joining and I learn every day. I am glad the adjustment worked!
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That is exactly what these pages are for- exchange of information, helping each other. I have learned sooooo much and have saved soooooo much moolah since joining and I learn every day. I am glad the adjustment worked!
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