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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-17-2000, 09:59 PM
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Winter here, Parking brake keeps freezin!

well with winter here and the streets wet now from salt and such, my parking break keeps freezing on my and i sometimes need it, anyone got anyway to keep it from freezing up? other that just greaseing it up really good? thanks!

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Re: Winter here, Parking brake keeps freezin!

One of the projects on my CJ7 is to replace the Emergency Brake Cable Sheath. It's a "flexable" steel sheath from the Emergency Brake Pedal assembly all the way back to the frame termination point. What I have done is to remove the cable assembly and cut off the flexiable sheath at the floor level of the tub. From this point on I welded 3/8" steel hard brake line to the flexiable portion of the sheath. Now, any portion of the brake cable sheath exposed to the elements is hard line... nowhere for moisture to penetrate, except the ends. One end is in the tub, under the dash. I don't expect moisure entering at this point. Where the cable exits to the outside under the tub I've welding a nut. This minimizes the tube opening exposure and keeps the grease intact in the sheath forming an excellent moisture barrier. In the middle of the hard line, half way down the it's length, as it lay aginst the frame I am welding in a zerk fitting. Now I can fill the entire length of the cable sheeth with grease. I've also put the cable sheath on a preventative maintance greasing schedule. This should end the emergency brake freeze up problems eminating from the cable corrosion and or rusting to the sheath.

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Re: Winter here, Parking brake keeps freezin!

Once my emergency brakes cables start to stick, I've never had able to lube them enough to get them to stop sticking. NAPA has replacement cable assemblies with a plastic coated cable that seems to work OK for the cables going to the wheels, but I've had several of the ones that go from the pedal back fail. For some reason the plastic coating on them comes loose and binds up inside the cable. I ended up getting a replacement for that cable from the dealer.


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Re: Winter here, Parking brake keeps freezin!

There are some cable lubricating assemblies out there, I have one for the bike, that spray pressureized lubricant into the cable underneath the sheath. The one I got was $10, complete with the cable lubricant.

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