Jeep Wrangler/YJ 1987-1995 Repair Guide

Cables

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Front Cable

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 1: Parking brake cables-1987-90



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Fig. Fig. 2: Parking brake pedal assembly and cable attachment-1987-90

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the equalizer nuts.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the front cable at the equalizer.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cable-to-frame bracket clip.
  8.  
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Move the carpeting away from the pedal. Compress the clip that retains the cable to the pedal frame. A small hose clamp is good for this purpose.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the cable from the pedal retainer and remove the cable.
  14.  
  15. Remove the grommet from the old cable and transfer it to the new cable.
  16.  

To install:
  1. Install the new cable in the floor pan and connect it to the pedal assembly.
  2.  
  3. Seat the cable grommet in the floor pan.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Install the cable-to-frame retaining clip.
  8.  
  9. Install the cable in the equalizer and install the equalizer washer and nuts.
  10.  
  11. Adjust the parking brakes as outlined in this section.
  12.  

Rear Cables

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Fig. Fig. 3: Loosen the equalizer nuts



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Fig. Fig. 4: Disconnecting the cable from the actuating lever



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Fig. Fig. 5: Compressing the rear cable retainer

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the equalizer nuts.
  4.  
  5. Detach the cables from any body clips.
  6.  
  7. Remove the wheel and brake drum.
  8.  
  9. Remove the secondary brake shoe and disconnect the cable ends at the actuating levers.
  10.  
  11. Compress the locking tabs that secure the cables to the backing plates with a hose clamp and slide the cable from the plates.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Install the new cable in the backing plate. Make sure the locking tabs are secure at the backing plate.
  2.  
  3. Install the secondary brake shoe.
  4.  
  5. Adjust the brake shoes to the drum and install the drum and wheel.
  6.  
  7. Install the cable in the equalizer. Secure the cable with the retainer and cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Install the cable clips.
  10.  
  11. Adjust the parking brake.
  12.  

ADJUSTMENT



1987-90 Vehicles

See Figures 6, 7, 8 and 9



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Fig. Fig. 6: Parking brake equalizer and cables-1987-90



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Fig. Fig. 7: Parking brake cable adjustment-1987-90

This procedure requires the use of a special tool.

  1. Make sure that the hydraulic brakes are properly adjusted. Fully apply and release the parking brake five times.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Loosen the equalizer locknut and adjusting nut.
  6.  
  7. Using an inch pound torque wrench and adjustment adapter J-34651 or equivalent, apply and hold a torque of 50 inch lbs. (6 Nm) on the front cable.
  8.  
  9. If necessary, turn the equalizer adjusting nut so that the gauge pointer is in the OK band on the tool.
  10.  
  11. Remove the tools, then lower the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Apply and release the brake lever fully, five times, and recheck the adjustment. If adjustment has changed, readjust the cable.
  14.  
  15. When adjustment is correct, tighten the locknut against the adjusting nut.
  16.  

1991-93 Vehicles

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Fig. Fig. 8: Parking brake equalizer and cables-1991-95

  1. Adjust the rear brake shoes to drum clearance, if necessary.
  2.  
  3. Fully apply the parking brakes.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the front cable locknut.
  8.  
  9. Tighten the front cable adjusting nut approximately 1 / 2 inch (13mm). This will apply the necessary force to the front cable tensioner.
  10.  
  11. Hold the cable adjusting nut in position and tighten the cable locknut.
  12.  
  13. Lower the vehicle until the rear wheels are about 6-8 inches (15-20cm) off the floor.
  14.  
  15. Release the parking brake pedal and verify that the rear wheels rotate freely without drag.
  16.  
  17. Lower the vehicle.
  18.  

1994-95 Vehicles

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Fig. Fig. 9: Placing the adjustment mark on the tensioner rod-1994-95

Parking brake adjustment is only necessary when the tensioner, or a cable has been replaced or disconnected for service.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Back off the tensioner adjusting nut to create slack in the cables.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear wheel/tire assemblies and remove the brake drums.
  6.  
  7. Check the rear brake shoe-to-drum adjustment.
  8.  
  9. Verify that there is no parking brake cable binding condition.
  10.  
  11. Reinstall the rear wheel/tire assemblies.
  12.  
  13. Lower the vehicle enough for access to the parking brake lever or foot pedal.
  14.  
  15. Fully apply the parking brakes.
  16.  
  17. Raise and safely support the vehicle again.
  18.  
  19. Mark the tensioner rod 1 / 4 inches (6.5mm) from the tensioner bracket.
  20.  
  21. Tighten the adjusting nut at the equalizer until the mark on the tensioner rod moves into alignment.
  22.  
  23. Lower the vehicle until the rear wheels are about 6-8 inches (15-20cm) off the floor.
  24.  
  25. Release the parking brake pedal and verify that the rear wheels rotate freely without drag.
  26.  
  27. Lower the vehicle.
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