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Old 03-10-2009, 06:42 AM   #1
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disc brake question

Another in the never ending issues with this new to me 2005. When I took it in for the U-joint noise, my mechanic said my front rotors looked "funky". This past weekend I had all the wheels off to try and salvage them (dealer installed, AR factory tells me they were never intended to be run in the winter) so I had the chance to look at the rotors myself. Funky is one word, but at 26,000 miles, it appears that the inside surfaces of both rotors are grinding themselves into oblivion, outsides look normal. I assume that the calipers are not releasing so the inside pads are always engaged. That would also explain my continuously dropping gas mileage. Before my state inspection I will need new rotors and pads.

Is this a common situation with TJ's? Although I live in PA, according to CarFAx, this Jeep spent most of its life in West Palm Beach. It has been bought and sold at least three times since it was sold to the original owner in PA in '05.

Oh, and my mechanic mentioned that the rear main is leaking again. The dealer repair to that didn't go so well I guess, but at least that is still under warranty.

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Old 03-10-2009, 07:57 AM   #2
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I would push the dealer to fix the rear main and the brake calipers if you are still under warranty. I have never heard of the brakes being a major problem on TJs...and I'm on number 3.

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I see yours is quit a bit newer but my 97 had problems with the calipers hanging up also.I noticed it first because it was pulling hard to the right while braking.Then before changing that side it started to drag all the time on both sides.Yes your MPG will drastically drop but you should also be able to feel it drag or hold back.I could park on a slight incline and release the brakes and it would sit there for 5 minutes or so before finally creeping off and start to roll.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:11 AM   #4
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humm...my left front pull hard when I get on the brakes hard. However, I cant say I notice it hanging up. Wonder what my problem is.
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