Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1984-1998

Cables

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REPLACEMENT



Cherokee, Comanche and Wagoneer Models
REAR CABLE

See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the parking brake cable mounting-Comanche shown

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely with jackstands. Fully release the parking brake.
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CAUTION
Take care to support the vehicle safely. Place wheel chocks behind the wheels and use jackstands under the frame for support. Remember, the parking brake is released!

  1. Remove the rear wheel and brake drum.
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  3. Remove the secondary (rear) brake shoe and disengage the cable from the lever on the brake shoe.
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  5. Compress the cable retainer with a worm drive hose clamp as illustrated.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Compressing the cable retainer

  1. Remove the cable from the backing plate, then remove the cable mounting clips.
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  3. Disengage the cable from the equalizer and remove the cable.
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  5. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the drum brakes and parking brakes as described in this section.
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FRONT CABLE (COMANCHE ONLY)

See Figures 3 and 4

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Fully release the parking brake.
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CAUTION
Take care to support the vehicle safely. Place wheel chocks behind the wheels and use jackstands under the frame for support. Remember, the parking brake is released!

  1. Remove the equalizer nuts and remove the front cable from the equalizer and cable bracket.
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  3. Lower the vehicle.
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  5. Move the carpet away from the pedal assembly. Then remove the pedal mounting bolts and move the pedal assembly away from the kick panel. Disconnect the front cable from the pedal.
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  7. Move the carpet at the driver's side and rear of the cab to gain access to the cable floorpan clamps. Remove the clamps, unseat the cable grommet and remove the cable through the floorpan.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the parking brake cable.
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Fig. Fig. 3: View of the front cable floorpan attachment



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Fig. Fig. 4: View of the parking brake cable routing

Grand Cherokee/Grand Wagoneer Models
REAR CABLE
  1. Raise the vehicle and safely support it with jackstands. Release the parking brake.
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  3. Loosen the adjusting nut at the equalizer to provide slack in the cable.
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  5. Disengage the cable(s) from the equalizer, chassis/body clips and retainers.
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  7. If equipped with rear drums, perform the following:
    1. Remove the rear wheel and brake drum.
    2.  
    3. Remove the secondary brake shoe.
    4.  
    5. Disengage the cable from the lever on the secondary brake shoe.
    6.  
    7. Using a worm drive hose clamp, compress the cable retainer then remove from the brake support plate.
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  9. If equipped with rear disc brakes, perform the following:
    1. Slide the cable eyelet off the actuating lever.
    2.  
    3. Compress the retainer holding the cable in the bracket attached to the caliper bracket, then remove the cable.
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  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the drum brakes (if equipped) and parking brakes as described in this section.
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FRONT CABLE
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and raise the vehicle. Safely support the vehicle using jackstands and release the parking brake.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front cable adjusting nut and disengage the tensioner from the equalizer.
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  5. Remove the cable from the tensioner. Disengage the cable from the floorpan insert, and insert from the floorpan.
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  7. Lower the vehicle and remove the console. Refer to Body & Trim , if this procedure is applicable to your vehicle.
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  9. Disengage the wiring harness connector at the parking brake switch and air bag module, if located there.
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  11. If necessary, remove the screws that the mount the air bag module to the floorpan and parking brake lever. Then move the module off to the side for access to the lever.
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  13. Remove the parking brake lever. Disconnect the cable from the parking lever and remove the cable.
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  15. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the parking cable as outlined in this section.
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ADJUSTMENT



1984-93 Models
CHEROKEE, COMANCHE AND WAGONEER MODELS

See Figures 5, 6 and 7



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Fig. Fig. 5: (1) Rear parking brake cables, (2) equalizer, (3) adjuster nut and (4) parking brake cable tension threaded adjuster



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Fig. Fig. 6: Spray lube the threads on the parking brake cable tension adjuster ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then tighten or loosen the tension of the parking brake cables using a box wrench on the adjuster nut

This procedure requires the use of a special tool.

  1. Ensure the rear brakes are properly adjusted.
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  3. Fully apply and release the parking brake lever four or five times. Then place the lever on the fifth notch.
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  5. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  7. Loosen the equalizer locknut.
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  9. Install cable gauge tool J-34651 on an inch pound torque wrench, then position the gauge on one rear cable (Cherokee/Wagoneer) or on the front cable (Comanche).
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  11. Apply and hold torque of 45-50 inch lbs. (5-6 Nm) on the adjustment gauge and note the position of the gauge pointer.
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  13. Hold the equalizer rod and turn the equalizer nut until the cables are tight.
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  15. Apply and release the brake lever fully, five times, and recheck the adjustment.
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  17. If the brake lever does not reach the fifth notch, loosen the adjusting nut and if the lever goes past the fifth notch, tighten the adjusting nut.
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  19. When adjustment is correct, stake the adjusting nut.
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1993 GRAND CHEROKEE MODELS
  1. Ensure the rear brakes are properly adjusted.
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  3. Fully apply the parking brakes.
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  5. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  7. Using chalk or grease pencil, matchmark the position of the adjusting nut on the threaded end of the cable tensioner.
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  9. Tighten the adjusting nut approximately 1 / 2 in. (13mm) farther down the threaded end of the cable tensioner.
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  11. Release the parking brake and verify that there is no drag on the wheels.
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  13. Lower the vehicle.
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1994-98 Models
  1. Raise the vehicle and safely support it with jackstands.
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  3. Back off the adjusting nut to create slack in the cables and remove the wheels and drums.
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  5. Ensure the rear brakes are properly adjusted and that the parking brake cables are in good condition.
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  7. Reinstall the wheels and drums if the brake shoe adjustment is correct.
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  9. Fully apply the parking brakes and leave them applied.
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  11. Mark the tensioner rod 1 / 4 in. (6.5mm) from the tensioner bracket.
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  13. Tighten the adjusting nut until the mark at the tensioner rod moves into alignment with the tensioner bracket.
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  15. Release the parking brake and verify that there is no drag on the wheels.
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  17. Lower the vehicle.
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