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  • Jeep1995
    Jeep1995 - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 6/8/2012
    1995 Grand Cherokee Laredo Front brakes drag only on rides over 45 min to an Hour
    The first time this happened was after I had new front pads put on. Both front brakes started smoking. I pulled over to cool down, and called mechanic. After cool, I returned to mechanic, He checked everything out, calipers and cylinder were in good working order. ...
    • Jason
      6/8/2012 Jason
      Were the brake rotors machined or replaced?
      6/8/2012 Jeep1995
      Brand new rotors.
  • inosencio martinez
    inosencio martinez - 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 6/4/2012
    Brakes sof pedal goint dawn an bery soft
  • magillu
    magillu - 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 6/2/2012
    Brakes affected by stereo, etc?
    While driving I noticed my JGC seemed a little sluggish and the engine seemed to be working harder than usual to maintain the desired speed. Upon pulling into a parking lot I noticed smoke coming from the left rear wheel/brake. Quickly assessing the owners manual, ...
    • raoul_tiesto
      6/2/2012 raoul_tiesto
      I never heard that before.I think that u have a seized wheel caliper on left rear.
      6/5/2012 magillu
      Thank you for your input. After being gone for the weekend (and not driving the car) the situation has appeared to have resolved itself (at least for now). I took off the wheel and carefully used a flathead screwdriver to ensure the brake pad wasn't frozen against the rotor. Everything seems to be functioning correctly for now. Thanks again for you input; it is greatly appreciated.
  • gearhead
    gearhead - 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 5/30/2012
    My vehicle feels like its swerving in the back and I hear clicking noises from the back
    When I make u-turns I hear the right wheel grinding
    0 answer
  • mccoll81
    mccoll81 - 1999 Jeep Cherokee - Brakes - 5/27/2012
    I replaced the front brake pads, calipers, and rotors. Now front left tire will not roll and brakes seem locked up.
    154000 miles. Did bleed brake lines
    • Oxides
      5/27/2012 Oxides
      if you still have to old pads, take one of the new ones off and compare the two rigorously. a minute and hard to notice difference between two pads can cause the brakes to go together well enough but lock up when applied. this occurs when a part number is slightly different e.g. mx460 versus mx460a. i can't say that this is your problem, but it sounds similar to problems i've had when i was in a hurry and assumed the pads i got were correct. hopefully this is your problem because it is simple to correct.
    • Oxides
      5/27/2012 Oxides
      other things it could be would be a brake hose, frozen hardware (sliders) a caliper sticking. loosen the bleeder and then turn the wheel. if the wheel spins after the bleeder has been loosened then replace the brake hoses.
  • Mark Norman
    Mark Norman - 1987 Jeep Wagoneer - Brakes - 4/30/2012
    Tail lights lenses originally were all red, switched to red and amber. How do I separate the brake and turn?
    Brake lights and turn lights are on the same circuit. What do I need to turn off the brake light in the amber lenses, since the amber lense is turn signal only.
  • Curtis
    Curtis - 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 4/28/2012
    Why do my right brake light go out when I apply the brakes?
    This happens while driving or stopped. I frist notice it a day ago. I checked the incline socket and it looks a little dark in color.
    0 answer
  • Dianne
    Dianne - 2007 Jeep Liberty - Brakes - 4/22/2012
    0 answer
  • dpn
    dpn - 1981 Jeep CJ5 - Brakes - 4/15/2012
    Changing front brake pads. how difficult?
    • CVO
      4/15/2012 CVO
      Brake Pads

      Remove 2 / 3 of the brake fluid from the front reservoir.
      Raise the vehicle so that the wheel to be worked on is off the ground. Support the vehicle with jackstands.
      Remove the front wheels.
      Place a C-clamp on the caliper so that the solid end contacts the back of the caliper and the screw end contacts the metal part of the outboard brake pad.
      Tighten the clamp until the caliper moves far enough to force the piston to the bottom of the piston bore. This will back the brake pads off the rotor surface to facilitate the removal and installation of the caliper assembly.
      Remove the C-clamp.

      Do not push down on the brake pedal or the piston and brake pads will return to their original positions up against the rotor.

      Remove the caliper support key retaining screw with a 1 / 4 in. Allen wrench. Drive the support key and spring out with a punch.

      If just the brake pads are being replaced, it is not necessary to remove the caliper assembly entirely from the vehicle. Do not remove the brake line. Rest the caliper on the front spring or other suitable support. Do not allow the brake hose to support the weight of the caliper.

      Remove the brake pad assemblies. Remove the anti-rattle spring from the inboard pad. Note the position of the spring before removing it for correct installation later.
      Wipe the inside of the caliper clean, including the exterior of the dust boot. Inspect the dust boot for cuts or cracks and for proper seating in the piston bore. If evidence of fluid leakage is noted, the caliper should be rebuilt.
      Check the sliding surface of the caliper for rust or corrosion. Clean them with a wire brush and fine sandpaper; lubricate with molybdenum disulfide grease.
      Install the inboard pad anti-rattle spring on the rear flange of the pad. Make sure the looped section of the spring is away from the rotor.
      Install the inboard pad with spring attached in the caliper anchor plate.
      Install the outboard pad in the caliper.
      Place the caliper over the rotor and on the anchor plate.

      Be careful not to damage or dislodge the dust boot.

      Insert the support key and spring between the sliding surfaces at the rear of the caliper. Drive them into place with a punch.
      Install the key retaining screw and torque it to 15 ft. lbs.
      Fill the master cylinder to within 1 / 4 in. of the rim.
      Press firmly on the brake pedal several times till the pedal is firm.
      Recheck the master cylinder level.
    • jlofwash
      4/15/2012 jlofwash
      on a scale of 1 to 10, is about a 4.....not very hard at all
  • Sandi
    Sandi - 2010 Jeep Liberty - Brakes - 4/13/2012
    What cause brakes to squeal?
    When braking brakes squeal very loud
    • Bill
      4/13/2012 Bill
      Pads worn and rotor getting warped. If new pads they weren't installed with a product called Brake Quiet which is a compound put between backing plate of pad and caliper piston surface adding a silencing buffer to a mechanism that is prone to noise.
  • keith rybarczyk
    keith rybarczyk - 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 4/8/2012
    My front brakes squeak and I just got them fixed about two months ago. Should I bring it back?
    There kinda new
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/8/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Occasional brake squeal is not abnormal, however, if this is all the time or not occasional then the pads should be swapped out for a different brand. If it were me in this situation with my client, I would buy the brake pads at the dealer and send back the pads that I previously installed and would get credit for them as a defect. The dealer brake pads will cost a lot more and I would bill my client the difference between what the pads I previously installed and the cost of the dealer pads. It might be a $50 difference.
  • Jose
    Jose - 1996 Jeep Cherokee - Brakes - 4/3/2012
    How do I reset the abs light?
    I was checking all the fuses, with the battery disconnected and abs light came on after.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/3/2012 HouseCallAuto
      you need a code reader capable of reading and clearing Chrysler / Jeep ABS codes.
    • yboy82
      4/3/2012 yboy82
      Remove the negative and positive battery in your vehicle for 5 minutes before you reconnect it. If the ABS light is still on, you should check the condition of your brake fluiid and ABS sensor.
      4/3/2012 yboy82
      If it won't work follow the suggestion of HouseCallAuto
  • DByrd
    DByrd - 1996 Jeep Cherokee - Brakes - 3/31/2012
    There is a thud when I break. It sounds like it's coming from the back, but sometimes the front.
    The front disc breaks were replaced a few months ago, but the rear shoes haven't. Could that be the problem?
    0 answer
  • scott
    scott - 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 3/8/2012
    Antilock brake light is on all the time
    275,000+ miles. is there a special connector to see why the abs light is on?
    • Spoon Sports
      3/8/2012 Spoon Sports
      i learned its under hood, next to battery, thats where the port is
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