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  • Pat Patterson
    • JVR
      11/9/2011 JVR
      The fast blinking is telling y that there is a bulb out.
  • ianderson99
    ianderson99 - 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 11/4/2011
    I have a grinding feeling in my brake pedal
    I checked my break pads there fine. But when I slow down under 10mph i have a grinding sensation in the pedal. And I can't tell where the grinding is coming from. Any advice would help!?
    • Spoon Sports
      11/4/2011 Spoon Sports
      "And I can't tell where the grinding is coming from." - Based on this statement of yours, its safe to assume its not really coming from the brakes. I mean i cant hear it obviously but ill take your word for it.

      This can be a bit far fetched but this happened to my friend. He spent $1000 to find out what it wasn't. Wasn't CV joint, wasn't axle, wasn't hub bearing. What it was was a simple plastic clip that holds shifter cable away from the drive shaft had popped out of hole in flange on transmission driver sider allowing cable to contact driveshaft on bumps, turns to right, moderate braking. Also check that the other shifter cable isn't wedged between transmission and mount i believe it was. You can tie the cable up with a 5 cent tie lock. Good Luck
  • cmcigas
    cmcigas - 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 11/3/2011
    What do I have to replace to stop this noise?
    My jeep makes a constant noise after a rain or snow fall and is the same noise as the beep when something comes up on the console. I fixed it once by replacing the brake light switch and now it's happening again. What do I do?
    0 answer
  • larry s.
    larry s. - 2001 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Brakes - 10/29/2011
    My rear brakes grab and make a grumbling sound.I can't find any strange wear on shoe or drum. What could cause this???
    The jeep only has 70,000 miles. we dont drive that much and have only put about 20,000 miles on it in 8 years. the drums themselves dont have any major wear. there is a wear pattern where the shoes make contact, but it isn't a very deep groove.the drums came right ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/29/2011 HouseCallAuto
      No history of noisy brakes but I suspect that is exactly what you have going on. If you are doing this job yourself I recc that you replace both drums or have those drums resurfaced and buy the highest quality shoes available from your supplier. Best available is at the dealer parts dept IMHO. Also make sure that the shoes pivot left right without lifting off the anchor pins at the top which is an indicator od a sticking parking brake cable.
    • Bill
      10/29/2011 Bill
      Could be because of age of shoes they are simply just glazed which could make this or one of the hydraulic pistons not working properly or needs bled.
  • strick
    strick - 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 10/26/2011
    Abs light is on what does this mean?
    The ABS warning light has come on in my jeep cherokee does this need immediate attention
    • retchief894
      10/26/2011 retchief894
      Have the codes checked. It might be a wheel sensor, dirt or rust will cause the sensor unable to pick up signal from stator assembly on hub.
    • Bill
      10/26/2011 Bill
      It means computer has been sent a trouble code from one of the wheel sensors, You can drive but remember, ANTI -LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM MAY BE DISENGAGED SO TRY NOT TO BRAKE HARD OR YOU MAY GO INTO A SKID. Possible safety Concern.
  • retchief894
    retchief894 - 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 10/23/2011
    What would cause front brake chatter on '01 jeep Grand cherokee
    we seem to be replacing rotors every 10-15K miles because they're warped and unturnable, (not a heavy brake foot), we even went as far as to purchase drilled and slotted rotors w/ceramic break pads but still have brake issues after only 10k miles. Any suggestions!!!!
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/22/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Yes, no need for drilled and slotted rotors, just high quality first line rotors and the highest quality pads. Don't just buy pads that say they meet OE specs and pay $20 for them. A good set of pads will usually be about $35 to $45 set. What I mean by first line is the most expensive rotor in any particular brand that are not drilled or slotted. Typically these rotors cost twice what there cheaper versions cost. The difference also is that it seems that every first line rotor I have ever used says MADE IN CANADA on the rotor. Also, make absolutely certain that the rear brakes are in good condition with no obvious uneven wear on the 4 rear brake pads. (Proper adjustment if rear brakes are drum type) Also, make absolutely certain that the caliper bracket slide pins front and rear are not frozen. They should float in and out easily with just finger pressure. Also, make sure that when the rotors are placed on the front hubs that they sit completely flat, that there are no rust buildup spots on the face of the hub. use a wire brush, file or sandpaper if need be. Also, make sure that the center hole diameter of the replacement rotor does not bind at all on the hub and if it does use a file to enlarge the center hole a few thousandths if need be. Perfectly OK to do, not a big deal, I run into that often. Usually first I wire wheel the hub on the vehicle first down to the bare steel and then see that the rotor slides over it without a bind and that the rotor is flush (no rocking motion, not even couple of thousandths). One last thing, Use a torque wrench and tighten the lug nits to 85 to 115 ft lbs.
      10/23/2011 retchief894
      I've put top of line pads and $80 rotors and still only last 15k miles and they are blued and warped. Thats why we went back to the cheaper parts. My daughter has a '99 and are having the same problem. torque spec is 110ftlbs. I'm a certified mechanic and have seen this problem on a few jeeps and the dealer cannot give anaswer that sounds good, even talk to Chry. tech just confusing. I was told that the ate calipers were the problem
      10/23/2011 retchief894
      also replaced slide pins and wheel brgs (due to over heating of brakes,as explained by dealer after repairs) is was ill so wife took it to the dealer!
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/23/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Jack up the car so all wheels are off the ground. Start it up, step on the brake, put it in drive and let up on the brake pedal and confirm that the front brakes have released all the way (I am thinking bad master with residual pressure applying the front brakes some, causing drag that would kill brake life and blue the rotors.
  • devinci
    devinci - 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 10/22/2011
    Has anyone ever hear of/used these before? Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. powerstop slotted/drilled rotors with ceramic pads for $150 - is this a good deal?
    • retchief894
      10/22/2011 retchief894
      I'm using drilled and slotted rotors now, got on E-Bay for $90 a set w/ceramic pads.
  • krista
    krista - 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 10/17/2011
    When I apply my brakes slightly it makes my jeep begin to shake. What could be my problem?
    My steering wheel shakes alot
    • Jimm
      10/17/2011 Jimm
      Several possibilities; warped brake rotor, worn / loose wheel bearing (inner / outer or both) at the brake rotor.
  • mike pole
    mike pole - 1998 Jeep Cherokee - Brakes - 10/13/2011
    My brake lights don't come on . looked at fuses and brake pedal switch and bulbs, all seem ok
    did notice that when headlights are pulled on radio and milage lights go dim
    • jdl
      10/13/2011 jdl
      Did you check for voltage, anywhere? Use a digital multimeter. At the rear brakes, white wire with tan tracer is voltage for the brake lites, when brake switch is activated. Black wire is ground.
    • jdl
      10/13/2011 jdl
      Below is part of wiring.
  • Akeaking
    Akeaking - 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 10/6/2011
    ABS brake light randomly comes on, what needs to fixed?
    Mileage is about 180K. Dealership said it was the brake Cam. Was wondering if I should check other options. I was quoted around $1000.00 for parts and labor. No set pattern for when ABS light comes on.
    • Spoon Sports
      9/20/2011 Spoon Sports
      "Was wondering if I should check other options." - The only option you should check is another shop. See if you get the same code and get a second opinion. I have heard stories of stealerships charging them an arm and a leg and still have the CEL ON.

      Right now i cant tell you if its an expensive fix or not. Try calling shops and see what you can find...thats the only way chief.

      Please do not reply by clicking "Reply". reply by clicking "Answer Question" so it will reflect in my INBOX so i can get back to you if something comes up. If you post a comment, it will not appear on my inbox and i wont be able to follow your question.
    • chinasinoy
      9/20/2011 chinasinoy
      The ABS brake light on means your car has the obd2 trouble code, you need to check out the code.
    • Spoon Sports
      10/6/2011 Spoon Sports
      Any updates on this?
  • ajay
    ajay - 2005 Jeep Liberty - Brakes - 10/3/2011
    How to fix the issue of P0573, brake switch, Circuit A ?
    Engine light comes on every now and then but not on all the time, diagnostic showed code P0573 something to do with brake switch, can anyone help to resolve the issue. Thanks
    • yboy82
      10/3/2011 yboy82
      Try to pull the knee bolster panel, driver side under steering wheel. And you will see the switch on a bracket near the top of the brake pedal. And then check the wires/connection of your switch or replace the switch.
      12/25/2011 ajay
      Thanks, I located the switch... and i see there is another cable with yellow terminal hanging don't know where that goes. Please advise the part number and name. Thanks will truly appreciate.
  • Dale
    • Desert Racer
      9/27/2011 Desert Racer
      if you have drum brakes in the rear sounds like your brakes are coming apart.. Serious problem . If you can take it apart and have a look.. If you can't do it ... take it to a shop and have it checked.. as soon as possible..
      Desert Racer
      9/27/2011 Dale
      They are drum brakes. Thanks for the response. Is this an expensive repair?
  • shugandshell
    shugandshell - 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Brakes - 9/23/2011
    What mm rotor goes on my 2002 jeep wrangler sahara a 78mm or a 82mm
  • donald
    donald - 2000 Jeep - Brakes - 9/22/2011
    Rear brakes not working.
    I have replaced brake lines, shoes and adjusted. rear brakes grab then release 2wd and 4wd. Seems to be a problem with Jeep Wranglers that have auto trans.
    • jlofwash
      9/22/2011 jlofwash
      drum brake shoes are suppose to contact slightly the drum. jack up and try to spin the wheel do you hear the shoes hitting the drum? if you dont adjust them until you do.................... other wise the shoes have to travel too far to contact the drum, and the front brakes will contact before the shoes get close to the drum.