The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a huge fan club. it can pull its weight for soccer games, vacation and after school events. However, if you are shorter than average, you might have trouble reaching the brake pedal. Follow these steps to adjust the brake pedal height as you need it and increase your comfort level in a 1997 to 2008 model Grand Cherokee.
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Things you need
- Marking pencil or nail polish
- Two 17-mm wrenches
- 10-mm wrench
Find the brake yoke on your Jeep Grand Cherokee. It will be under the dash, located in the same area as the brake pedal. Look just above the brake pedal and over to the side.
Follow the pedal upward to the point it attaches to a rod, called the push rod. Mark the pushrod with a marking pencil or some nail polish. A dot of something will help to ensure you keep the rod facing the right direction. Keep an eye on this during the job and check it again when you are through.
Locate the locking nuts for the push rod and loosen them with a 17-mm wrench. Don't let the push rod turn. If it does, turn it back so that the mark is in front of you. You may need to use one wrench to hold the bracket and another to break loose the nut.
Use pliers to grasp the push rod until you have loosened the lock nuts. Turn the pushrod, using a 10-mm wrench, in the direction necessary in order to lengthen or shorten the Jeep Grand Cherokee pedal height.
Leave a minimum of 3 mm (less than 1/4 inch) distance from the brake stop to the brake pedal. The pedal will automatically stop at the rubber grommet positioned on its path toward the bracket. This distance allows the brake pedal to pull the push rod all the way back. Once this happens, the brake servo will be able to operate correctly.
Retighten the lock nut. Adjust the brake light switch if necessary.
Tips and warnings
- The 2004 and later Jeep Grand Cherokee models come with power adjustable pedals already installed.
- Try not to over adjust the brake pedal height. The brake pedal does not need to adjust to the full height of the throttle. You will just have to see what works for you.
- When finished, take the Jeep Grand Cherokee for a test drive to see how the new pedal height adjustment works.
- Do not allow the brake pedal to sit on the brake stop when finished or you will harm the vehicle's braking ability.