Dont understand, why take them off in the first place ? refitting is the reverse of what youve done ?!
unless of course you have applied pressure to the brake pedal which will knock up the auto adjusters (if fitted ?)then the drums wont go on till you reset them. more info required
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chock/block front wheels,jack up rear of jeep,put on jack stands,remove wheels,pull drums off,remove the e-brake cable,unbolt from axal and remove and cap off brake lines/cylinders and remember how everything goes back together by marking it with masking tape and a permanant marker,remove drive shaft bolts,remove shocks,then remove u-bolts,plates and attached hardware,and then remove.
Its easiest to buy a hanes manual for this vehicle for this repair. Here goes. Remove the tire and wheel. Remove the drum if drum brakes or brake caliper and rotor is its disc brakes. remove the cover on the rear differential. remove the small bolt that holds the lock pin in place. slide the lock pic out of the spider gears. **its very important not to let the ring and spider gears turn at this point or the spider gears will fall out of the carrier. Once the lock pin is removed then go around to the axle where the tire was and push it in (toward the rear end) as far as it will go. Go back to the differential and remove the retainer clip (looks like a big "C") from the axle shaft. You can now pull the axle completely out of the housing. At this point you will be able to see the axle seal and the wheel bearing located behind the seal. Carefully remove the old seal (be sure not to damage the wheel bearing) and install the new one. You can then put everything back together. Make sure to refill your differential with oil when everything is back together. check your owners manual for the exact gear oil that you need because these cherokees can use different types depending on the model and towing capacity.
You need to have it taken apart and cleaned. If it has drum breaks in the rear try replacing the shoes and spring hardware kit. If its pad and disc then try replacing the pads and possibly the calipers. Its very common for drum breaks to stick on this vehicle more so if it has sat for any length of time.
The Caliper PISTON Requires CLOCKWISE Turning to Open for Recieving New Pads, And if you Have Metal to Metal the Rotor Is BAD NOW and Will Need to Be Rerplaced. If you Need Illistrations on this I Can Email you Full Instructions. Im @ rejakwilson @ aol.com
It could be your brakes. Jack up the car, put on safety stands, block front wheels at front and back of tires, put Jeep in neutral, try to spin rear wheels, listen for any rubbing, dragging noise. It could either be brakes not releasing (feel the center of the wheel after driving, is it hot?), or a brake component loose and floating around inside the drum. 'Check this 1st, let me know what you find, then we can continue if necessary.