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Old 09-08-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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brake problem on a 2002 tj

I noticed it shaking at 50mph and above the other night so I pulled over for a look. Wheels, tires, and lugnuts all looked normal but I noticed a little smoke coming off the right front wheel and the wheel was hot. Since I was within a couple of miles of home, I just limped it home. When I got home, the rotor was hot enough to start glowing. My first guess was frozen caliper. I let it sit over night and moved it to the driveway to work on it the next day. I didn't feel any resistance when I moved it, and when I got it off the ground, the wheel turned freely and without any noise. I did some reading on the forum and it looks like others reported the same thing happening. Am I right in suspecting a caliper issue?

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Old 09-08-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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Yep sounds right, had the same issue last fall and changed everything out. Calipers, rotors and pads, not worth taking any chances.

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Old 09-08-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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Had a similar issue a year or so ago with our jeep which is also a 2002. Its possible that the hose is getting worn out and collapsing in on itself, in effect pinching itself off. When you let off the brake the hose collapses and the fluid won't pass through quickly as it should, so the brake sticks. If you let it sit overnight, eventually the fluid makes it's way back and everything appears to work properly. In any case, I would change out the hoses. Otherwise, verify that the caliper piston and the caliper are travelling smoothly.

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Old 09-12-2013, 05:12 PM   #4
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I'm going to change the hoses first and go from there.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #5
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I changed the hoses on both sides today. After a good long test drive, everything seems to be Ok. Hope that's the end of it for now.
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