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Old 02-17-2014, 04:06 PM   #1
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Brake caliper

So my steering stabilizer just recently busted, a new one is on order. It shakes me to death over 50mph. Anyways, I was driving it, started shaking. I stopped and then took off again once I gained my wits, I noticed it was pulling hard to the right, it seemed to get worse an worse. I pulled over again and the right brake caliper was smoking, so then I knew the caliper was locking up making it pull hard to the right. It finally released as I was trying to get it home but it's obvious that caliper isn't working correctly now. Finally, my question is- is there anyway to check and see if the caliper is still good or should I just put two new ones on the front?? Thanks everyone

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Old 02-18-2014, 01:12 PM   #2
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I would say for sure that you're caliper is shot. Just replace the one. It happened to me recently, locked up so I just got a new caliper. Kept my pads and everything else. Cost like $25 with the core.

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Does it get better after the jeep sits a while? If so, replace the rubber brake lines going to your front calipers. They break down and clog up. Also, a steering stabilizer will not cause shaking.
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does it get better after the jeep sits a while? If so, replace the rubber brake lines going to your front calipers. They break down and clog up. Also, a steering stabilizer will not cause shaking.
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So my steering stabilizer just recently busted, a new one is on order. It shakes me to death over 50mph. Anyways, I was driving it, started shaking. I stopped and then took off again once I gained my wits, I noticed it was pulling hard to the right, it seemed to get worse an worse. I pulled over again and the right brake caliper was smoking, so then I knew the caliper was locking up making it pull hard to the right. It finally released as I was trying to get it home but it's obvious that caliper isn't working correctly now. Finally, my question is- is there anyway to check and see if the caliper is still good or should I just put two new ones on the front?? Thanks everyone
If it were me, I would replace the two calipers. You could try flushing the system with fresh fluid to clean out anything in the lines before you buy the new calipers, but I wouldn't be surprised if you end up needing them.

As far as the Steering Stabilizer goes, if yours is blown out you should replace it. But that won't cause your wobble issue. The stabilizer was just covering up your issue and it's more obvious without it. Check out all your bushings and do a dry steering test. Also check the track bar bolt on the axle side and the bolt hole to make sure it isn't wallowed out.

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Old 02-18-2014, 06:00 PM   #6
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Don't forget to replace rotor as well. If it got that hot it may be warped. Causing a shacking sensation. Sounds like a great time to refresh the front brake system.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:12 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I just dropped the cash and went ahead and bought the black magic pads, centric rotors and new calipers for both sides. Figured if one was already shot then the other wont be far behind, plus I am used to being able to stop way better than these stock brakes are capable of so the better braking power is defiantly desired.
I also got Rustys SS stabilizer, was easy to install and fixed the insane shaking. I can tell there is still something there that is causing a weak point in the suspension. It doesnt shake anymore, but I can tell it really wants to but the stabilizer is soaking it up. I have looked over everything up under several times, everything feels tight. My wife turned the steering side to side for a solid 5 to 10 mins while I was looking up under at everything, but could find nothing that looked like it was loose. So I have no clue. I have done a ton of research on this death wobble crap, just seems like its a big headache to try and figure out. Absolutley ridiculous. Anyways, it seems to be ok for now until I can figure this out. Maybe once I do the Old EMU lift and replace the track bar, it may fix the weak point. IDK

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