Some lessons have to be learned the hard way…

By , December 21, 2009 11:20 pm

We’re now in Sarasota, which is approximately 150 miles from Ocklawaha, which is where we started.  I’m guessing that the emergency/parking brake on my Jeep lasted about 15 miles before the shoes completely fried.EBrake

That handle over in the picture over there to right… completely useless now.  Parking the Jeep now involves a complicated procedure that I like to call “leaving it in gear”. 

I was also going to post up a full account of what’s involved in flat-towing a lifted Jeep, but I’m not up to that right now (and I can’t find the pictures I need to help explain it).

So, the short version…  be sure to double check the emergency brake on your towed vehicle before you take off.  A diesel RV won’t even notice the difference.

I have an idea of what’s involved in replacing the shoes on a Jeep emergency brake and it’s not fun.  Hopefully I won’t have to replace the drums (which are also the rear disk brake rotors) as well, but I wouldn’t bet on it. :S

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6 Responses to “Some lessons have to be learned the hard way…”

  1. Alan says:

    Oh man.
    I have left the E brake on the CJ7 on so many times.
    Not while flat towing but while driving.
    Then I smell the stink and figure out why i was having so much trouble driving.

    Its a PITA to do the e-brake shoes on a Jeep. (mine are little pads inside the ‘hat’ of the brake disk.


  2. Jonathan says:

    My Unlimited has the same “hat” drum/rotor combo that you mentioned. I’ve pulled them apart to clean the mud out, but never actually replaced the shoes. I’ll probably be starting that tomorrow… the local shop says they’ll have the new shoes first thing in the morning.

  3. Jeff Duesel says:

    How hard can it be? They’re miniature drum brakes… and by now you’ve already finished.

    So how bad was it?

  4. Jonathan says:

    I’m actually waiting for parts. I’ve got the new shoes, but I figure I’ll go ahead and replace all the springs and other little bits while I have it apart. The spring kit should be here on Wednesday. 🙁

  5. casey says:

    Handbrake not working?

    It’s a Jeep thing.

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