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How to Make Parking Brake Adjustments in a Jeep Grand Cherokee

by Contributor

Make parking brake adjustment to your Jeep Cherokee easily at home to save you time and money by avoiding the mechanic. Adjust your parking brake when your vehicle starts to roll while parked on a hill. Use this procedure on Jeep Cherokee model years 1994 through 1998 or 1999 to 2005.

Years 1994 to 1998

Step 1

Raise your Jeep Cherokee rear wheels in the air using a jack and support the rear wheels with jack stands. Take off both rear tires using your tire iron to loosen and remove the lug nuts. Remove the tire from the bolts with your hands.

Step 2

Release the adjuster nut with your pliers so the parking brake cables have slack in them. Locate the adjuster nut at the end of the parking brake lever rod underneath the vehicle. The rod attaches to an equalizer which holds both rear wheel parking brake cables.

Step 3

Remove the rear wheel drums with a screwdriver. Look over the brakes for the correct installation and then inspect the cables for the correct placement.

Step 4

Reinstall the rear wheel drums using your screwdriver. Reinstall the wheels using your tire iron to tighten the lug nuts. Press in on the parking brake with your foot until it reaches the lowest position to the floor.

Step 5

Mark the parking brake lever cable 6.5mm from the equalizer. Tighten the adjusting nut with your pliers until the rod making moves into alignment with the equalizer.

Step 6

Let the parking brake release. Test the rear wheels to make sure there is no tension when you spin them around.

Lower your Jeep Cherokee using the jack and remove the jack stand supports.

Years 1999 to 2005

Step 1

Raise your vehicle in the air with your jack and support the rear wheels with the jack stand. Remove the rear wheels with your tire iron.

Step 2

Remove the plug in each hole located underneath the vehicle in each wheel well. Loosen the parking brake cable until there is slack. Locate the parking brake cable underneath the vehicle in the middle.

Step 3

Insert your screwdriver into the access hole and turn the star adjuster nut Turn the nut until a slight drag can be felt when turning the rear wheel. Back off the adjuster nut until the drag is removed.

Put the plugs back in, the wheels back on and lower your vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Jack and jack stands
  • Tire iron
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver

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