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Old 01-19-2010, 03:35 PM   #1
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help! gremlins have infiltrated my jeep!

heres the story: about 2 weeks ago I changed my front brakes, rotors and pads. while changing the first side, i had a jack with two brick holding it up, and with the tire off, i wanted to check to make sure everything was fine. so i tell my buddy to start it so he can pump the brakes. he asks me if he can take his foot off the clutch, I say yeah without thinking, and without realizes hes never driven a stick, and immediately he pops the clutch because it was in 1st, so it rolls forward, almost kills me, but a control arm lands on one of the bricks and therefore the rotor doesnt even hit the ground... so I'm like wow that was a close one but we're all good.

so i do the other side, and all is well... them im driving, and notice its pulling to the left pretty hard, so i figure i knocked it out of alignment, but then i smell a burning oil or fluid smell. then just as its there, the pulling to the left is gone and the smell is too. btw, it smelled like it was coming from the front left tire. so two weeks go by, and nothing has happened, then today im driving, and i hear noises from the front, its hard to accelerate, its pulling hard left again, and a bad burning smell... i come to conclude my front left brake is staying engaged (also, the left rim is burning hot, like way too hot to touch). like when its in neutral, parking brake off, i cant push it. before, i could barely push and it would start rolling. so i was sitting in a parking lot like wtf is wrong with my brakes.... so i keep pumping them and suck it up and start driving to try to get home, and the pulling to the left is gone, but its still hard to accelerate, feels like both front brakes are just barely applying pressure, enough to feel it. still wont roll in neutral. any ideas?

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Old 01-19-2010, 04:08 PM   #2
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I would take your tires off again and check your brakes... Make sure everything is in place.

This time make sure your in nuetral lol

Glad everything is ok though, that would make me s*** myself... lol

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Old 01-19-2010, 06:42 PM   #3
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Hate to say it, but after reading about a near death experience, and mechanical issues, it might be cheaper to let a pro deal with it. Definatly cheaper than medical bills.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:33 PM   #4
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Hate to say it, but after reading about a near death experience, and mechanical issues, it might be cheaper to let a pro deal with it. Definatly cheaper than medical bills.
well lets just say it only took one time, ill never make that mistake again. jackstands ftw

but on another note, I typed the original thread while i was in econ class, got out and went to the jeep, started it up, put it in neutral, tried to push it, voila... it rolled. sooo the gremlins temp. left, but i dunno for how long or when theyll strike again... so weird
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:03 PM   #5
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Sounds like your caliper is seizing up...one problem may be that the Jeep crushed the brake line when it came down on the bricks. I'd check that first. If you have rubber lines along the wheels (I've never paid attention...haven't replace the brakes on my Jeep yet), you may just have to assume it was crushed and replace it. It also could have bent a brake line which caused it to kink somewhere higher up on the line.

Lastly...if your wheel was hot enough to start smoking, you need to bleed your brakes. Chances are high that your brake fluid is literally toasted. And you're lucky...consider that a good warning why you should either utilize jack stands or stay clear of the vehicle when it's up on the jack. My friend had something similar happen to him...he was doing his brakes outside of his house and didn't have a jack stand. He'd jacked his car up on a scissor jack and the bolt was stuck so tight that he actually wrenched his car forward and pulled it off the jack. He had heeded my advice to stay clear of the wheel if he was gonna work without a jack stand, but it screwed his alignment up big time. I brought some tools over and we managed to snap a socket in half before we finally got that damn bolt to break free too...lol
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:36 PM   #6
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ok so today drove it to class... no brake problems... next time i get a chance gonna take the wheels off and make sure i didnt warp the rotors or pads..
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Sounds like you may have possibly twisted the brake hose when installing the caliper causing it to hold pressure temporarily. I do agree with flushing the fluid and re bleeding after the problem is fixed.

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