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  • john
    john - 2008 Jeep Compass - Brakes - 9/11/2011
    Changing rear brakes
    • Jimm
      9/11/2011 Jimm
      Need more information; is this a question about how to change the rear brakes? Or is this a question of how much the rear brakes repair may cost, as an estimate? Please reply with the issue you are having in the form of a question, so that further assistance can be provided.
  • Maurice
    • Jimm
      9/10/2011 Jimm
      You might check with the auto parts source that you ordered these items from. Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or There are no auto parts sold directly from the AutoMD website.
  • carl
    carl - 2011 Jeep Wrangler (JK) - Brakes - 8/29/2011
    At 8000 miles rear brakes are gone front brakes are at 80 percent why
    jeep is a right hand drive used for delivering the mail on a rural mail route. it seems to lock the back brakes fist in a hard stop
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/28/2011 HouseCallAuto
      I'm doing brakes for more than 30 years. Every time I hear of a fairly new vehicle with a situation where it wears out brakes prematurely there is always something unique about the way the vehicle is used. Your will have to experiment with different brands of pads to see which ones hold up best considering the type of driving you are doing. This stop and go mail delivery is always going to be your enemy to a large degree. You can start throwing other brake parts at it if you think it will change the brake life but I doubt it will.
    • jlofwash
      8/29/2011 jlofwash
      i have to ask... are the rear brakes drum or disc??
  • William T. Lykens
  • keith edwards
    keith edwards - 2007 Jeep Patriot - Brakes - 8/17/2011
    Left rear brake light not working, no power at socket
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      This suggests an open wire in the particular unit and you need to trace the wire to replace it. Perform continuity test.
  • Geo
    Geo - 2008 Jeep Liberty - Brakes - 8/8/2011
    Brakes seem a bit soft
    Jeep has about 25000miles and brakes seem a bit soft. Have looked at fluid and looks like could use a bit to bring to top line. Although first pump of brakes will stop, when second pump applied, brakes will get a little "stronger" and stop with less pressure. Would ...
    • Spoon Sports
      8/8/2011 Spoon Sports
      I doubt topping it off will solve the problem, i experienced this first hand, my brakes are OK then i had the urge to check on my fluid level. It was 3/4 full and i didnt notice any difference.

      Most likely it is air in the lines but it could also be a few other things:
      -Worn break pads
      -Master cylinder could be leaking
      -The caliper pistons could also be leaking, the seals could be bad on them

  • Robert Hill
    • Jimm
      7/25/2011 Jimm
      Need more information; is this a question of where to obtain the parts for the rear brake job? Is this a question of where to have the repair work performed?
      To obtain information about the cost of the parts, try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or To gain information about the relative cost for the rear brake repairs, try the 'Estimate Cost' feature this website. For an idea of how to perform these repairs yourself, or to get details for the repairs; try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on this website for how to replace the brake shoes and components.
  • kchristy
    kchristy - 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 7/18/2011
    Rear drivers side brakes smoking
    just replaced all brake pads and rotors 2 mths ago, started hearing metallic grinding, then a snap and the smell of oil and metal burning, took back to mechanic, they said the CV Joint seal broke and that is why the oil is flying everywhere. what parts should I ...
    • amarion
      7/18/2011 amarion
      sounds like you need a new cv joint
  • belinda
    belinda - 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 7/14/2011
    Rotor hot now wont start
    last nite as my daughter got home her ft passenger side roter was red and smoking now this morning will not start at all
    • Spoon Sports
      7/14/2011 Spoon Sports
      Fix your brake problem first, I'm thinking wires got burnt which damaged the other parts of the cars system. That's the only theory i can think of since failing brakes really doesn't equate to a non starting engine

      Make sure all your fasteners are tight.

      Guide pins are the first thing I'd look at. They should slide to and fro smoothly by hand, but not be loose. Some resistance is acceptable. Asymmetrical pad wear (inboard vs outboard pad), or tapered pad wear may help indicate sticking guide pins. Especially if you find that the outboard pad is the one that took the majority of the thrashing.

      Look for darkened hard spots from over heating on both sides of the rotor, if on the outboard side only, guide pins, if on both sides suspect a sticking caliper piston that is not retracting and warrants rebuilding or replacing the caliper.

      I like to remove the pins, run them through a wire wheel I keep on the bench grinder, then douse the guide pin holes in brake cleaner with a thorough bottle brushing until the pin moves freely, then lubricate with a quality disc brake wheel bearing grease.

      Be sure the rubber boots are in good condition, as they preserve lubrication and keep out corrosion/seizure.

      Flushing your brake fluid is a real good idea. Brake fluid over time collects debris, absorbs moisture and rises in acidity. This can cause leaks, brake fade and internal corrosion of braking system parts. Your life depends on this system.

      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

  • brad
    brad - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 7/11/2011
    Is there a adjustment on the parking brake? the brake will pull on but not able to hold like before.
    the car was driven with the parking on for a time and now it does not hold like it should
    • Tony
      6/29/2011 Tony
      Time to get dirty, yes there is an adjustment under the vehicle. chalk the tires and put in park, or in gear if man. trans. if you have a mechanics creeper it will be easier ( but cramped ) just above the transmission you will see the emergency brake cable ( single cable going towards rear of vehicle ) follow it back to just past the center of the vehicle. somewhere in the area you will see the adjuster. wear some safety glasses! use a wire brush and some wd 40 to clean the threads before adjusting. just go slow with the adjustment, and check the brake tension about every 1 1/2 turns. when you pull the brake handle, it should fully engage halfway up.
    • Bill
      6/29/2011 Bill
      Brakes need replaced is my take on this.
    • Mary Ann
      7/11/2011 Mary Ann
      I replaced the parking brake and it now works great!
  • wayngi
    wayngi - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 7/10/2011
    Brake light stay on after releasing pedal
    • mopar
      7/9/2011 mopar
      check brake light switch on should be able to adjust it.
    • Mickey
      7/10/2011 Mickey
      Had same problem with 96 pathfinder. switch was o.k. but they now have hole with plastic plug on strike plate. CHECK IF plastic fell out switch pin goes into hole . I used double stick tape and metal shim. works great
  • Martin Coomer
    Martin Coomer - 1980 Jeep CJ5 - Brakes - 6/22/2011
    Where is the brake light swich located
    brake lights staying on after replacing master cylinder
  • Don Miller
    Don Miller - 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 6/21/2011
    Why do my 1 brake light go out when i aply my brakes only when my lights are on
    0 answer
  • HatemyJeep
    HatemyJeep - 2006 Jeep Liberty - Brakes - 6/13/2011
    My EAS BAS light and ABS light, and the traction light stay on, cruise won't work
    We bought this lemon brand new,, the dealer failed to fix this issue under warranty and then went broke. No record with Chrysler of the warranty, have spent over a grand trying to fix it, I was told that the right rear wheel sensor was out, I replaced it and the ...
    • yboy82
      6/13/2011 yboy82
      You should diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool capable of reading ABS trouble code to verify if there is a stored trouble code in your vehicle.
      6/13/2011 HatemyJeep
      I have taken it to 3 different Jeep dealers and had it scaned,, nothing has been fixed,,one dealer told me to replace the right rear wheel sensor,,, which I did, it did not fix the problem, the last dealer, charged $300.00 and told me thier scaner wouldn't read it
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      ABS and cruise control uses inputs from speed sensors. When the sensors fails to send reading or its inputs are inconsistent the warning lights will appear. To verify this follow Yboy recommendation and psot the codes here so we can be of help.
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      6/13/2011 HatemyJeep
      I just read a post that it could be a rear differential speed sensor,,, would the speedometer still work if this is out? Is this a Jeep only part?
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Most of the VSS sensor is mounted on the differential housing. And yes when the VSS sensor has failed the speedometer will not work properly.