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Old 12-02-2009, 10:11 AM   #1
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wheel-brake- bearing issue... all of the above?

The problem... I noticed it a few months ago, figured it was a bad brake pad. When I rotated the tires I noticed that my front brake discs had groves in them... ok... not really concerned, I bought the jeep used, it happens, figured I'd just have them turned get new pads and all is well. Turned the right side disc no problems, got concerned when the shop was turning my drivers side disc. The right side was making a grinding noise! If this was a car I'd call it a bad wheel bearing, change it and be done with it. But this is a jeep, not that easy. After the discs were turned, put the brakes and tires back on the jeep, checked the both sides for lateral movement both were solid. There is no noise with the tire on and nothing when driving. Only heard the grinding with nothing on the disc, not even the brake caliper... didn't check it with just the caliper on it, come to think of it. The only other symptom that I had before the brake job, and I still have it is there is and exisive amount of brake dust on that wheel and when I use the brakes it wants to pull to the right.

I've been driving with this for a bit, don't know why I waited to ask. Only good side is my only long trips out of town are to go wheeling and a few appointments. But when that happens its 70+ miles between towns and nothing but open desert between.

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Old 12-02-2009, 08:11 PM   #2
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None of the experience on here has ideas? I don't have a jeep dealer in town, they closed their doors last year. I can do any of the work myself, I just don't know 4x4s this is my first, so I don't know the inter-workings.

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Old 12-02-2009, 08:41 PM   #3
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Okay so let me sum up: Did they turn the rotors on the Jeep? That is when you heard the grinding correct? Did you hear this sound before taking it to the shop? Any chance it was the dust shield hitting the rotor? As for the pulling to the right when you brake.. sounds like you need a new caliper..though I always replace in pairs..
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:08 PM   #4
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4Jeepn, Yes the rotors were turned on the jeep. I took it to the base auto shop and they have a machine that can turn the discs without taking them off the jeep. (first I heard of it) He even said that some manufactures require it that way now.

I had removed the caliper from both sides so there was nothing connected to or touching the rotors.. well except the machine that was turning them. He turned the right side first, then the left, that is when we heard the noise from the right wheel assembly. As of course when the wheels rotate when the jeep is off the ground turning one wheel clockwise and the opposite wheel will turn counterclockwise.

The pulling, I tend to agree with you. But before I replaced them I guess I was looking for a second opinoin that the noise and the pulling to the right weren't connected.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:16 PM   #5
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Really I have had TJ calipers stick and pull even lock up- Pull the brakes apart again and put them back together. Might fix it- I have had it happen to 2 different axles and brakes in my TJ. Once in another tj.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:12 AM   #6
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I never heard of turning roters on the jeep that is new is the roter true not worped that will cause a squeal and a pull if not I would replace the calipers.
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:25 AM   #7
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Yea it was new to me too. I found this Pro-Cut Video the second video listed "4 simple steps" give you a quick demo of the machine in action. The brakes were not squealing. The problem noise was while turning the left brake the right was grinding, the sound was a bad wheel bearing. But my understanding is the wheel bearing on a jeep are sealed.
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:19 PM   #8
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I'm going to replace the wheel bearing hub and brake calipers. Which manufacture do you all suggest? A friend of mine said to get Timkin wheel bearings? But I have no idea on quality calipers?

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