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Old 12-03-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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I think my brakes are draging.

I was driving to work today and noticed a smell. I got out and it was stronger. On the way home I had to do a little running and I noticed the more I drove the harder the motor was working. It smells like its the drivers side rear. When I was going slower and braking it was weaving a bit. I do use the parking brake sometimes when we stop at angles when we are wheeling. I hope its just the rear drumb and not something major. When I go home I backed it into the driveway so I could look at it and in reverse I had to gas it pretty good. I guess I'm taking the car to work in the morning.


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Old 12-03-2009, 07:58 PM   #2
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Yeah that sounds like a stuck caliper. You could try and bleed the valve and have someone pump the brakes, maybe some air got in there. I recently had my front caliper seize on the way to work and it actually lit on fire in the middle of NYC traffic, had the same symptoms you described. I dont recommend this, but in a pinch you can use vicegrips to crush the rubber brake line for the seized wheel and crack the bleeder valve....this essentially stops that brake from activating but you will only have 3 brakes. I dont recommend it.

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Old 12-03-2009, 08:37 PM   #3
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If its the rear of drivers side, wouldnt it be drum brakes provided it wasnt a Rocky mountain edition or Rubicon? And of course a TJ.

Unless im getting front and rear brakes mixed up

Also I once had the terrible smell when I drove through mud and the brakes burned off mud for a whole day or two. Yuck alot of smoke too, but the engine wasnt working any harder for me.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:45 AM   #4
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Quick & simple... jack up the rear and spin wheel to see or hear if dragging.
For the most part it should be able to spin without grabbing.

If you have drums, it's a good chance it's the portion valve that pushes out both ways to activae the drums. I had that issue with my g/f's truck last winter. Usually just a $15 dollar part, but if you replacing it, replace both sides... not just the one side.

If you have Calipers, another easy way besides spinning the tire is try pushing the Caliper Piston back in with a c-clamp and if it's very tough or is binding, then time for new Calipers.... both of mine locked up on my this past summer while at the Mall. Made for a fun street fix in the parking lot and everyone asking if I was alright or needed tow truck called.... I was like nope have it under control, walked across street to AZ, bought the calipers & fluid and replaced in parking lot.

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Old 12-04-2009, 09:08 PM   #5
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I am going to spin the wheel tomorrow. Its hardley noticable till you dirve a while then it gets worse. I didn't drive it for 2 days then when I did it started doing this. I don't want to have to replace drums and pads. I will replace them it it looks ruff when I check it out tomorrow. I'd rather get i done and right so I can focus on my modes after the things it needs.
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