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  • 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
  • boyd tuttle
    boyd tuttle - 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 3/5/2012
    How do I replace brake pads
    Brakes are squeaking
    • Jay Giron
      3/5/2012 Jay Giron
      Removal & Installation
      Before servicing the vehicle, please familiarize yourself with safety procedures.
      Drain 2/3 of the brake fluid from the front reservoir. Use the bleeder screw at the front outlet port to drain the fluid. If equipped with anti-lock brakes, relieve the system pressure.
      Raise and safely support the vehicle.
      Remove the wheels.
      Insert a small prybar through the caliper opening and pry the caliper (using the outboard brake pad) to bottom the piston in the caliper bore.
      This will back the brake pads off of the rotor surface to facilitate the removal and installation of the caliper assembly.
      Pry the caliper support spring out of the caliper.
      Remove both caliper slide pin bushing caps and slide pins.
      Lift the caliper from the anchor.
      Using a piece of mechanics wire, support the caliper so there is not tension on the brake hose.
      Remove the brake pads from the caliper.
      To install:
      Position the brake pads onto the caliper.
      Position the caliper into place on the anchor.
      Coat the caliper slide pins with silicone grease and torque them to 21–30 ft. lbs. (29–41 Nm). Install the slide pin bushing caps.
      Install the caliper support spring in the top of the caliper under the anchor; then, install the other end into the lower caliper hole.
      Hold the spring in the caliper hole with your thumb while prying the spring end out and under the anchor.
      Fill the master cylinder with fluid and bleed the brake system.
      Before driving the vehicle, pump the brakes several times to seat the pads.
      Install the wheels.

  • darvell927
    darvell927 - 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 3/2/2012
    Why do the brake lights and center light stay on when the headlights are turned on?
    also when brakes are pressed dash lights come on static on radio
    0 answer
  • jamescstrong
    jamescstrong - 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Brakes - 2/23/2012
    There's a vibration when I slow down and a squeal. The vibration's and squeak's frequency matches my speed so I know they are coming from the brakes; the question is why do they continue to squeal when I'm not touching the brakes? And how can I fix this
      2/23/2012 ARMY OF 4 TIRES
      its just a piece of metal they have attached to the brake pads that scrapes on the unused section of brake rotor to let you know they need replaced so you don't ruin your rotors, so you can replace pads or bend the pieces of metal out of the way in the meantime which isn't really worth the time since you've done a 3rd of the work getting to the pads taking of the wheel,unless you can just reach through your wheel to bend them
    • Jay Giron
      2/23/2012 Jay Giron
      The vibration you are feeling could be worn out rotors and brake pads.
      The squeal is a indication that your brakes need to be serviced.
      To fix this you will have to preform a brake job on your vehicle.

      Brakes is a very important safety system on any vehicle and could save your live.

      Need to do:

      - Replace or resurface front rotors
      - Replace front brake pads
      - Replace brake hardware
      - Bleed brake system