TJ emergency brake adjustment
Over the past year or so ive become well acquainted with my rear TJ drum in hat emergency brake. I am not a brake master or anything, but I am old enough that I have replaced a set of drum brakes on a vehicle before. Over time, and some good advice from brake wizards, this is what I now use for adjusting my rear parking brake to get a solid lock up without having to pull the handle to the roll bar.
If your parking brakes are new, I would suggest first seating the pads to the hat. I do this by adjusting my pads until they are firm against the parking brake hast and then go for a small, slow drive around the neighborhood. Don't go far and don't go fast. As you drive, slowly pull up on the brake lever and then release. Do it a hand full of times and then let the brakes cool.
After everything is cool, go back and adjust the slack out. What I like to do now is before I adjust anything, I raise my parking brake handle 3 clicks. Then, I adjust my parking brakes till the hit the hat solid. Then, I let the parking brake down down and adjust each side 3 more clicks and test how it holds. If the handle goes more than 3 clicks and the hold is not so good, I will go another 3 clicks. With the second adjustment of 3 clicks, I will drive it a bit and then set the brake and test for hold. If the parking brake handle goes more than 3 clicks, I will adjust 2 or 3 more clicks at a time and retest until I get a rock solid hold at no more than 4 clicks
Its important to drive a bit to be sure you are not adjusting things too far. You will now if its too tight, lets just say you will smell it.....
Anyway with this, my parking brake does not suck anymore. I only have to pull it up 3 clicks and its rock solid.
Also note that you need to be sure that your parking brake cable has not been monkeyed with, like mine..... I burned up a set of good centric parking brake pads due to a previous owner wanting to adjust parking brake throw at the cable adjuster. I you think yours has been meddled with, its easy to set it back, just back it off until the parking brake levers on the back of the backing plate are at rest when the handle is all the way down. Then, adjust it forward until I click of the handle starts to move these levers.
I am no brake genius, but maybe these steps can save someone the learning curve I had to go through.......
Last edited by windkn0t; 04-05-2017 at 03:30 PM.