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Old 07-31-2013, 09:33 PM
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"Emergency" Parking brake issue..?

Soooo I just got my Jeep(a 1985 Jeep Grand Wagoneer) running and legal. I've driven it a few times, no more than maybe 8 miles? My brake pedal gives resistance, but I have to push the pedal in quite a bit to get significant braking. My dash brake line stays on constantly, but I can neither engage or disengage my parking break. Both the pedal and the release lever have no tension on them. Also it seems that my Jeep doesn't have as much power as it should. Could my parking brake be engaged partly and disconnected from the pedal and release cable? I did crawl under the Jeep and the cables seem mildly taught. Oh, also my reverse lights do not come on. I've never dabbled much with brakes, so any advice or different perspectives would be appreciated! Sometimes it takes another person to point something obvious out before you realize it.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:50 PM
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My first guess you're stopping pretty much on just your front brakes and your rear shoes are totally shot. Prolly why the PO sold the car. You say you "never dabbled much with brakes" I'd say pull a rear drum and look at the shoes and plan to get dabbling.
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:32 AM
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Ditto the worn rear shoes. Ebrake pedal tension should improve after you get shoes with some material on them in there.

Check the ebrake assembly for broken or missing springs and parts stuck from rust. It's not uncommon to get a little water leaking on it.

Adjust the ebrake cable lengths AFTER you get good shoes installed.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:15 AM
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Your brake light switch, near the top of the brake pedal arm, may be bad. PIA to get to, but cheap to replace.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:46 PM
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Reverse lights are operated from the 3 prong switch above the rear of the driver's side of the trans pan. If the NSS has been bypassed (starting in any gear is a likely sign) then it may need to just be plugged in. Bulbs would be the next step if jumpering the 2 outer wires of the 3 prong plug don't turn the lights on. (key needs to be on for the test)
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:01 PM
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Thanks for the info guys! I'm stuck working three twelve hour shifts in a row, but I'll let you know what I find out after I dive into the breaks.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:02 PM
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I'll also look into why my reverse lights don't work.
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That would be my post!
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:33 PM
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So a friend of mine came over with a Waggy and looked at my E-brake. There is some kind of gear under there that was stuck or something he said. It engages and disengages now.
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