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  • williamhenry1969
    williamhenry1969 - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 8/3/2013
    I lost brakes , replaced pads bled lines still no brakes , replaced booster now I only have pressure when car turned off
    when I crank it no pressure
    • Jimm
      8/3/2013 Jimm
      Were the brakes bled in this order; 1) furthest from the master cylinder - bleed first, then next closer wheel position - until all four wheels (brake caliper / wheel cylinder) have no more residual air.
      Check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir after each wheel cylinder / caliper is bled, refill the fluid and make sure the master cylinder chamber does not run low or dry.
      After each wheel is bled properly - check the brake pressure - you should feel the brakes getting a little firmer each time - with each completed step. Try this brake bleeding approach as your first step.

      If there is still a soft brake pedal, then suspect the following; leaking brake component; fitting, line, flexible hose, caliper, wheel cylinder or seal, leaking master cylinder. Check for evidence of brake fluid leakage - monitor the master cylinder fluid level to see if fluid is escaping somewhere in the system. Then, inspect for sign of wet brake fluid at the wheels / caliper / wheel cylinders, along the brake line routing, the flexible brake hoses - all the way to the master cylinder.

      If the hydraulic portion of the brake system is OK after all this, then check the brake booster vacuum hose and connection for cracks / damage and leakage.
  • grace
    grace - 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 7/1/2013
    What is wrong with my E brake/rear brake?
    I parked and used my e brake and ever since then my left rear brakes make a horrible grinding noise. I now have to get them replaced. But what or why is it that it did that?
    • frankiedonnn
      6/30/2013 frankiedonnn
      A problem was developing with the rear brake system and applying the E-brake showed it up.Do you always use the E-brake or is this new? Some people never use the emergency brake in an automatic because they think that the park position holds the car.
      6/30/2013 grace
      I never use it. I just did it the one time and now my left rear brake is horrible.
    • John's Auto Repair
      6/30/2013 John's Auto Repair
      Probably the left rear parking brake cable or mechanism is siezing up posibly from rust which is keeping the
      brake partially on.
      John's Auto Repair
      6/30/2013 grace
      What is it you suggest be done? Just change pad and rotor
    • John's Auto Repair
      Check for free movement of the left side parking brake cable. the other possibility is a defective caliper.
      Check to see when parking brake is off that the parking brake lever on the caliper is fully retracted.
  • max
    • mrslow71
      5/31/2013 mrslow71
      there are metal clips that hold everything snug on the front brakes to stop that rattle ether someone left them out or thay fell ,wore out ether way if you want the rattle to stop have someone look at that for you god bless good luck
  • forshizl
    forshizl - 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 4/24/2013
    How to turn off abs light
    i have got my 1997 jeep grand cherokee looked at by mechanic and the abs light is on due to the abs module failing my brakes work just fine but i want the light to be off any suggestions????
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Try removing any fuses that are related to the abs system. Remove fuse 5 and fuse 14 in the underhood fuse panel. Remove fuse 11 in the instrument panel fuse box.
  • rinkavitch
    rinkavitch - 2006 Jeep - Brakes - 5/9/2013
    Dealer quoted $1,300 for rear drums, pads, brake cylinder, and outer wheel bearing.
    Is this outrageous if a rear break job should costs under $300 that one break cylinder and two outer axle bearings are $1000? Is this a +6 hour job and +$700 in parts?
    • Jimm
      5/9/2013 Jimm
      Check the 'Estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' features on the AutoMD website to determine with competing quotes from more than one repair shop. That's the only way to tell if one repair shop or another is charging the correct price for any work - obtain competing quotes for the same work.

      The parts are very reasonable; like around $23.00 each for the brake drums, and around $16.00 for the brake drum (axle set = both sides), around $5.00 each for the brake wheel cylinder, and around $12.00 each for the rear wheel bearings. Try these on-line parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. BTW - these price listings are from

      The labor prices will vary - but given the reasonable parts prices, the labor charges can range from $70.00 to over $100.00 per labor hour.
    • HouseCallAuto
      5/9/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I find it odd that this 06 Jeep needs axle bearings, so odd that I do not believe it. Remember that the price for parts has markup on them and shops usually pay more for the parts from the local supplier than what you see online. I would peg the brake job at $400 + or - 10% and the axle bearing replacement at $350 for a total of bout $750. This is a full 4 hours of work
  • nyccorky
    nyccorky - 1989 Jeep Wrangler (YJ) - Brakes - 5/6/2013
    How do you install the Adjuster Lever Spring on the rear brakes.
    One end of the spring has a tight, short hook that attaches to the forward brake shoe. How does it properly hook on?
  • mpclayi
    mpclayi - 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 5/4/2013
    The "Service Electrical Brake System" light keeps coming on in my '05 Jeep GC Limited 4.7.
    The light comes on when I'm driving but the car still drives fine. But if it comes on as soon as I start the car the car makes a rubbing sound when I try turning the wheel and driving. But once I complete the turn the light goes off.
    • Jimm
      5/2/2013 Jimm
      Service Electrical Brake System:
      This message will be displayed if a condition exists that may require servicing the electronic brake system. When this message is displayed and the “Traction Control Indicator Light” is on, there is a malfunction of the Traction Control System.
      If the “SERVICE ELEC BRAKE SYSTEM” message continues to be displayed after several ignition cycles and the vehicle has been driven several miles at speeds greater than 30 mph (48 km/h), see your local dealer and inquire about the TSB (technical service bulletin) # WK2101406A.
      5/3/2013 mpclayi
      Is this something that I can repair myself or is it something that I have to take to a mechanic to have repaired?
    • Jimm
      5/4/2013 Jimm
      Not sure of your skills - but my advise would be to check with the dealership as first step - especially to see if the TSB may apply to your vehicle.
      If not, then simply inspect the condition of the ABS sensors and related wiring at each wheel for damaged insulation or chafed wiring. There may be damaged ABS sensor wiring to cause the error message. Replace any sensor (with the wiring) that has damage to the insulation or wiring.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the ABS sensor from around $12.50 (each) for your vehicle - includes the sensor and wiring harness.
      5/5/2013 mpclayi
      I already checked to see if any TSB's apply. So I'm going to check the ABS sensors in the am. Thanks.

      I also need to replace my Valve cover gasket because the vehicle is leaking oil
  • harshilbudhan
    harshilbudhan - 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 3/14/2013
    JEEP SRT8 (2006) Braking Issue After/In AutoStick
    A few miles in autostick mode: Jeep stops itself: comes to a stop when i take foot off pedal. It's as if the brakes were being pushed down moderately If i take off autostick the issue still persists. Issue only goes away after i turn the car off for 10-15 ...
    • harshilbudhan
      3/14/2013 harshilbudhan
      Car basically stops itself, as if the brake pedal was being depressed.**
  • harshilbudhan
    harshilbudhan - 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 3/14/2013
    JEEP SRT8 (2006) Braking Issue After/In AutoStick
    A few miles in autostick mode: Jeep stops itself: comes to a stop when i take foot off pedal. It's as if the brakes were being pushed down moderately If i take off autostick the issue still persists. Issue only goes away after i turn the car off for 10-15 ...
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  • tickycraig7
    tickycraig7 - 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 2/13/2013
    Grinding noise in front end sounds like a wheel bearing but not shuddering like one
    also squeaks, have been told front universal joint, or brake caliper
    0 answer
  • dwmilburn
    dwmilburn - 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 2/12/2013
    Brakes lights not working
  • corey
    corey - 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 2/3/2013
    Brake light stays on At all times
    Used to come on and go off
    • CVO
      2/3/2013 CVO
      See this Stoplight Switch
      For your 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD 4.7L SFI 8cyl

      Stoplight switch directs current to the stop lights, cruise control, and shift interlock to turn them on or off
      When not replaced, stop lights will run continually or not function, potentially causing premature bulb failure, safety issues and/or the transmission will not shift out of park.

      The brake switch might get stuck and triggered the brake lights.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If the brake fluid level is below the minimum line on the reservoir, the light will be on all the time.
      2/3/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I assume you are talking about the red brake icon on the instrument panel cli=uster??
  • jlabella9
    • Jimm
      1/25/2013 Jimm
      You can not get a different combo valve from Jeep / DC for the same year that had both drums or rear discs irrespective of ABS up until about 2005. Previous to that, one valve was used for both - which leads me to believe that the residual pressure function is being accomplished in some other manner.
      Short answer - the brake proportioning valve should be the same for the disc brake as well as the drum brake set-up.
  • gold790
    gold790 - 2002 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - Brakes - 1/6/2013
    Should I replace the brake calibers?
    I replaced the front brake pads and now it seems that the right front brake will not disengage. THe old pads were worse on the right side then on the left. Also the vehicle pulls to the right when driving as if the brake pad is engaged. Also when you apply the ...
    • Jimm
      1/6/2013 Jimm
      Yes, the evidence of the right side brake pads having more wear / material gone - as compared to the other side - is an indication the brake caliper may be sticking and need replacement. You may also replace the brake fluid with new. Be sure to properly bleed the brakes and install new cailper pins / hardware when installing the new brake calipers.
      Try these on-line sources; or for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front brake calipers from around $20.00 each - minus the core exchange.
  • Gilles
    Gilles - 2007 Jeep Liberty - Brakes - 12/25/2012
    Why Low oil level in master cylinder
    Keep filling oil regularly and no sign of leak on garage floor.
    • CVO
      12/25/2012 CVO
      Brake fluid is leaking from the primary piston of the master cylinder to the power brake booster. Check the power booster, you will see a slightly wet in that area.
    • rick
      12/25/2012 rick
      After finding the problem and fixing it make sure to wash everything real well . Brake fluid will eat paint and undercoating like you've never seen . And turn everything to rust .
      12/25/2012 rick
      Merry Cristmas