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Brakes seem to drag after having parking brake assembly replaced ( was a recall)

Ever since I brought my '95 YJ to the dealership to have the parking brake assembly replaced [was recalled a while ago but I only got the notice about 6 weeks ago], it feels like I must floor it in order to get it moving from a stand still. I certainly wouldn't know how to fix this myself, but I fear I might have waited too long to bring it back to the dealer. My question is whether having the parking brake pedal assembly replaced could have anything to do with this problem or if it could just be a coincidence. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  • pinkspatzi Oct 14, 2008

    Thank you, both! I didn't want to sound like a complete idiot when I call the dealership. You're the best!

  • pinkspatzi Oct 14, 2008

    Wow, thank you, Toyota Ed. I will give that a try tonight. I am afraid to drive it to the shop now for fear of doing more damage. If the cable(s) are seized in the "on" position, is there a way for me to disconnect them in order to just get it to the mechanic?

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If you had the recall done a while ago, and the park brake was not reinstalled properly, you would have already had a host of issues; such as vibration in the seats when braking, nasty odors coming from the back brakes, misc grinding noises...Any time the park brake is "on", the rear brake shoes are wearing against the drums. (The rear shoes are also the "park brake"...) This contact/wear creates heat, odor, and vibrations. Without looking at it, it is difficult for me to really help, but, try this: apply the park brake. Count the number of clicks it takes to be fully "on". Should be 5-7 clicks.Anything less? The park brake cables may indeed be too tight, or one of the shoes is mispositioned..

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    Realistically, the vehicle would be VERY hard to move, and, as stated before, you would have had severe vibration issues at the rear when braking, a lot of heat/burnt smells at the rear brake area. To disconnect the park brake cables, you are going to need to jack up the vehicle and remove the rear wheels and rear brake drums just to see the adjuster for the brakes. Not an easy task...

    Try this, if you really want to do a good diagnosis for yourself. Block the front wheels securely. Jack up the rear end, so that both rear wheels are off of the ground. Put the jeep in 2WD, and in neutral. Spin both rear wheels, frontwards & backwards. If they spin easily & freely, you do not have an issue with the park brake system. Your issue just may be in the front, the front calipers may be sticking. jack up the front & spin those wheels, too. See if they spin free & easy.



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If the parking is cable operated check that cables are not seized holding the brakes on.if not check hydraulic flexible hoses these sometimes cause problems also.

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Yes it could have a lot to do with it. the assembley may have been mis installed and is too short a cable and is always on. Have them re adjusted to loosen up the tension in the line to the emergency brake.

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