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Old 09-23-2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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my TJ pulls left when i brake!

i just got this jeep and it seem like it is full of problems.

i just notice yesterday that everytime i brake, my car jerks to the left. and the harder i brake the harder the yerk. im learning to compensate the jerk when i brake but im afraid that if i had to do a complete stop from 20-30mph that i would completely loose control of the wheels.

any help would be appreciated.

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Old 09-23-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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Your pads are gone. I would replace them. Depending on who you talk to on the board you can turn the rotors or just get new ones.

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Old 09-23-2009, 10:53 PM   #3
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yea i brought my jeep to a brake shop to get my rear shoes replace and they told me i got a couple of thousand miles left on the front.

also it takes alot of pressure to make the jeep stop even though i just got my rear brake shoes replace and my drums resurface.

but the resurface one and replace the other since it was warped.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:55 PM   #4
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When it pulls to one side it usually means a caliper is sticking.
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Umm check to make sure there is no air in the line, IE bleed them again. Grab a buddy and it will take you 5 mins on each tire. Start on the pass rear then the driver rear then the pass front driver front and get all the air out. That should help out with brake pressure. Along with pull the front calipers apart and put them back together ( clean them and all that).
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yeah i will prob bring it back to the brake shop so they can do all of that for me.

hopefully that helps or else i wil just have to sell my jeep since its such a headache right now trying to get it working correctly and it only have been 3 days since i owned it.
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EDIT: Your problems could be a lot worse
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what do you mean it can be alot worse?

i dont expect a jeep to ride like a sport car, but i also dont expect it to run like its about to break down.

hopefully i can get everything fix and running in top shape soon.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:35 PM   #9
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what do you mean it can be alot worse?

i dont expect a jeep to ride like a sport car, but i also dont expect it to run like its about to break down.

hopefully i can get everything fix and running in top shape soon.
It could be rusting through and be having transmission problems.

How much did you pay for it if you don't mind me asking?
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4000. it is missing quite alot of stuff. i shoulda done more research before buying.

so far i need new front differential, spent 220.00 on rear brakes 30 minute after i got the jeep, needed new side mirrors, doesnt have soft top, little surface rust (a repaint is inevitable) missing spare and spare carrier, missing front bumper, seats are nasty, no carpet and im sure im missing more stuff.

thought i got a deal but soon realize i just bought a money pit
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oh and i forgot to ask, why does my engine compartment smell like something is buring after 10 minutes of riding, at first i thought it was my new brakes but it seem like its coming from the front of the jeep where the radiator is at. not very strong burning smell but i can smell it while driving
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Sorry to tell you but you could have got a nice one for 4k. What does the smell, smell like?
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burnt rubber, or burnt metal i dont remember
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yeah but i havent seen a jeep that i like for less than 10k
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:12 AM   #15
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yeah but i havent seen a jeep that i like for less than 10k
i went and test drove an "excellent running, excellent looking" $6k 1997 TJ the other week. I met this guy at a Burger King, it looked nice driving up, but as he got closer it got uglier.

I test drove it since I drove an hour to see it. Doors wouldnt close, it would turn to the right, I would brake and it would turn to the left. the engine was making a ticking sound and it was beat to hell. Trail rig....maybe. Daily driver - no way.

waste. of. time.
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4000. it is missing quite alot of stuff. i shoulda done more research before buying.

so far i need new front differential, spent 220.00 on rear brakes 30 minute after i got the jeep, needed new side mirrors, doesnt have soft top, little surface rust (a repaint is inevitable) missing spare and spare carrier, missing front bumper, seats are nasty, no carpet and im sure im missing more stuff.

thought i got a deal but soon realize i just bought a money pit
Welcome to the forum if you're new....I don't want to sound like an ***, but of everything you listed above, only the front diff and the rear brakes are the only things that really give you reason to be pissed about. When you bought the jeep, you already had to have seen the mirrors, no soft top, the rust, the spare tire and carrier, the bumper, the seats, and the carpet. When you saw what you were paying 4G for, IMO, you should have pushed the Benjamins right back in to your wallet and ran the other way.
Sorry for your misfortunes so far....I hope they improve.
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:38 AM   #17
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Welcome to the forum if you're new....I don't want to sound like an ***, but of everything you listed above, only the front diff and the rear brakes are the only things that really give you reason to be pissed about. When you bought the jeep, you already had to have seen the mirrors, no soft top, the rust, the spare tire and carrier, the bumper, the seats, and the carpet. When you saw what you were paying 4G for, IMO, you should have pushed the Benjamins right back in to your wallet and ran the other way.
Sorry for your misfortunes so far....I hope they improve.
I'm going to have to agree 98% with this post.

Except brakes wear out, so you shouldn't get pissed about that either. In order for brakes to work they have to be wearing, its the nature of the beast.

If you would have done the rears yourself, it would have cost you ~30 bucks instead of 220.00 - but drums are difficult for many people, so I can understand that.

However, you can work on the fronts if you have any mechanical ability. Sometimes, replacing the pads will move the caliper out of its "sticking spot" and the pull will go away, however sometimes its necessary to replace the caliper.

I bought my 2001 for 8k and change. its in fantastic shape.It hasn't been this clean since I bought it! I had to buy tires, as the pass front decided to pop a sidewall at what appeared to be a seam. But I wanted new tires anyway so its no biggie.

Around here for 3-5k you can get a jeep in much better shape than the one you described, but we are lucky, its usually dry here and things don't rust.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:39 AM   #18
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You guys are right. Going into the puRchase i already know that i was missing those stuff so i canT complain. Wat i didnt know was that the front axle needs replacing and the left jerk when braking. As far as price, i consider it good since most good jeep in my area runs fro
6k stock to 10k lifted and loaded. I am expecting to spend some money to bring it back to tip top shape. And the rust isnt that bad consider it rains here everyday over the summer.
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I will post pics of before and after of the jeep once im done with it.
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I will post pics of before and after of the jeep once im done with it.
That's the spirit....hang in there and let us know how it turns out!!!
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The front brakes may just be the guide pins. They may need to be greased or replaced. It could also be calipers. The front brakes are real easy to do and you can save a lot of money doing it yourself. Good luck with the jeep
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I meant to include earilier that the other day it was raining extremely hard around here, and water was standing everywhere....as I was driving in heavy traffic, braking alot, I noticed too, that my jeep was pulling hard to the left.
It's not doing it now that the roads are dry. It only did it during the rain storm and wet roads. WTH?!!!

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