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Old 05-17-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Smoking rotors

My front drivers side brake assembly has been smoking over the last few days. I took it to a shop thinking it was a stuck caliper yesterday. The shop said everything looked fine but my rear brakes needed new shoes. I scratched my head and decided to wait, i figured id drive it one more day to see if the problem would resurface. Sure enough got home today and smelled burning and had some sponginess to the brakes just before I got home. Are these mechanics idiots? I am thinking stuck caliper. Thoughts?

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Old 05-17-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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What happens someone is in insider the rubber break line will dry out and make like a trap door and let fluid through but not back out. After it sits it will slowly release to workagain like normal. Them will close off again. I would just replace rubber break line

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Old 05-17-2013, 09:01 PM   #4
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:05 PM   #5
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Try lubing the guide pins...if the caliper piston isn't sticking the pins could be. There's always the brake line thing too. I always do the free stuff first.

Do the rear shoes yourself ($30) one side at a time and use the other side for reference...there's also write-ups. The job is much easier if you have the right tools but a pair of needle noses is all you need. If the jeep is your only vehicle pop both drums off before doing anything and have a looksie. You might find broken hardware or a leaking cylinder and you'll have to do a parts run.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:12 PM   #6
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I had that issue after I got my brake pads replaced and the rotors re-shaped, I took it back to the shop and the man told me the reason why it was smoking was because for some reason (he didn't know why), the new brake pads were burning so hot (at least 350 degrees), they were about to burst into flames. It burnt so hot it bent the rotors a second time. There weren't any leaks, all the brake parts were working normally, he couldn't figure out why they were about to catch fire.

I'm more inclined to think my Jeep rejected the probably made in China cheap brake pads, he had his mechanic put on higher quality pads and fortunately it hasn't happened since.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:23 PM   #7
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I had that issue after I got my brake pads replaced and the rotors re-shaped, I took it back to the shop and the man told me the reason why it was smoking was because for some reason (he didn't know why), the new brake pads were burning so hot (at least 350 degrees), they were about to burst into flames. It burnt so hot it bent the rotors a second time. There weren't any leaks, all the brake parts were working normally, he couldn't figure out why they were about to catch fire.

I'm more inclined to think my Jeep rejected the probably made in China cheap brake pads, he had his mechanic put on higher quality pads and fortunately it hasn't happened since.
Or he could have twisted the hose when reinstalling the caliper and made up a story to cover his ass.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:34 AM   #8
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Or he could have twisted the hose when reinstalling the caliper and made up a story to cover his ass.
Lol very possible :-)

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