1992 Jeep Cherokee brakes work great but pedal dont return

Tiny
JPWRANGLER73
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  • 1992 JEEP CHEROKEE
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 164,000 MILES
The brakes work great but when you use the brakes you have to pull the pedal up with your toe or you will drag the brakes. Pedal feels normal during use and fluid level is good with no leaks
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Friday, October 22nd, 2010 AT 11:51 PM

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Tiny
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See My Profile, Imma CJ kinda Guy.

Before you answer back, Recheck your fluid and look at the insides of your tires (ALL!) Look for BRAKE FLUID Centrifically thrown down the sides, also look for fluid anywhere on the ground!

Thats just a precaution!

I do not know your rig much at all, I do know the MECHANICALS of BRAKES. Not much about the ABS systems. But I do know the End Results of what actually stops you!

Some of these newer rigs have 1) DISC BRAKES on all wheels, 2) some are disc at the front and drum on the rear. 3) Really older stuff is DRUMS on every wheel.

I suspect you are 1) or 2)

I SUSPECT you either have 3 possibilities to what your symptoms are:

1) Bad Master Cylinder (last thing to check/ replace, of these 3)

2) Brake Shoes out of adjustment or self adjusters not working (Drum Brakes)

3) Air in the linesCould be anywhere, in the master cylinder, in the lines, or in the Calipers or wheel cylinders.

Do you/ can you/ are you capable of these repairs or adjustments? Tools? Assistance on your end?

I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP, if you are sorta AUTO Mechanical. But if you are unsure, I will not chance your life, with Misunderstanding of a CRITICAL REPAIR that can be avoided.

I am not a paid mechanic, nor paid here, I do MY, MY FAMILY'S and FRIEND'S auto work'

I am a Whiz with CJ 5s, CJ 7s, and Scramblers

You Turn

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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 AT 12:18 AM
Tiny
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YES I AM MECHANICALLY INCLINED AND I ALSO DO ALL MY MAINTENANCE AND ALOT OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILIES MAINTENANCE. I WAS THINKING THAT IT WAS A RETURN SPRING SOMEWHERE IN THE SYSTEM POSSIBLY THE MASTER CYLINDER. I CHECKED FOR FLUID LEAKS ON THE GROUND AND TIRES. BLEEDING THE SYSTEM WAS MY NEXT PROJECT THEN CHECKING THE BRAKES ALL AROUND. THANKS AND I WILL POST MY FINDINGS
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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 AT 2:36 PM
Tiny
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With as much slop as you say you have in the pedal, I would think that even with a spring broke in the master cylinder (never seen it), that the Hydraulics of the system would keep your pedal full, or close to it.

It could possibly be fluid in the master cylinder, slipping around the "O" rings. But then your pedal would probably slowly sink while you are standing on the brakes.

Unless like you say, there is a Return Spring Issue in a Brake Drum. Calipers would not have a return spring.

Are you making any headway on him?

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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 AT 9:32 PM

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