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Old 11-24-2011, 11:57 AM   #1
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07' JK Longterm Update

Okay, I've put about 68,000 miles on my 07' Sahara. For the most part I don't have any real complaints especially considering I've beaten this vehicle up more than anything I've ever owned in my life.

First off, I feel that anything that I've broken or prematurely worn out due to off-road wear and tear shouldn't be counted towards the worthiness of the Jeep. I wore out the corny set of Bridgestone Duelers within the first two months of ownership. I wish Chrysler had decided to go with BFG's in 07'. The front and rear bumpers--need I say more?

The painted fenders have faired very well after having gone through thick, dense woods and whatnot. Give her a good washing and you can't really see the scratches. I've had no engine trouble at all whatsoever. However, I ended up having to replace the windshield washer fluid motor for about $175.





Here's the part that pisses me off: I'm not sure if someone sabotaged my Jeep or if it was due to failure but my right rear break caliper fell off, yes, fell off on my way home from work. Here I am driving down the highway when all of a sudden the break pedal sinks all the way to the floor!

At first I'm thinking one of my break lines must have burst or had been cut. I'm yanking on the emergency break and barely getting any results from that. Okay, I don't have that much speed built up and I'm in no immediate danger so I'm not freaking out at this point.

As I get off the interstate some guys in another car start yelling at me. I let my window down and they scream that my Jeep had been squirting break fluid all the way down the highway. I pull over to inspect the rear end and see that my break caliper was dangling by the break line.

Needless to say I'm pissed the fuque off. I've never heard of BOTH caliper bolts all off a sudden coming off. I just want to say that if anyone is ever caught buzzing around my Jeep I have a 9mm hollow point with their name on it--no joke. Anyways, I found a replacement caliper in town but I had to order the bolt kit from Amazon. I overnighted the bolt kit and did the break job myself. The whole deal cost me $55. I'm excited to say this is the first time I've had to work on my Jeep in several months.

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Old 11-24-2011, 06:52 PM   #2
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I had the same, or nearly the same thing happen on my truck. Heard a rattle coming from the rear, and could not isolate it for some time. When I did, I had lost one of the two bolts, and the second one was loose also. The dealer put a new bolt in, and tightened all of the others to torque, and off I went.

Had I not figured it out as soon as I did, I would have been there with you. And I was in the mountains hunting, in snow and ice, at the time. Could have been ugly getting down the steep road to get home.

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Old 11-24-2011, 08:43 PM   #3
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Ahhh yes another satisfied Jeeper.Its always nice to read good things about their Jeeps rather than newb Jeepers complaining about this and that ... and mostly piddly stuff too.

I have always been a GMC/Chevy guy but i know if i treated them like i did my Jeep it would be in junkyard already LOL

Now i have to check my calipers.
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:52 PM   #4
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this right here is the product of two things happening..

1. someone didnt properly TQ the caliper bolts when they changed your brakes / rotors last
2. someone didnt use antiseize or an equilivlant
** or sabatoge **
sorry about your luck
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:11 PM   #5
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Glad your ok.
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:17 PM   #6
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this right here is the product of two things happening..

1. someone didnt properly TQ the caliper bolts when they changed your brakes / rotors last
2. someone didnt use antiseize or an equilivlant
** or sabatoge **
sorry about your luck
I can't believe I spelled brake B-R-E-A-K. Sorry about that everybody.


But, yeah, I think it was definitely a sabotage job. At first I thought it was a situation like Fawsty's but no one has touched my Jeep in months. I had the dealer check my brakes once but that was last year. I've never had my rotors worked on nor had my brake pads replaced. I've put thousands of miles on and off-road on my JK since then.
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Old 11-25-2011, 04:26 PM   #7
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well im truly sorry to hear that.. make sure you keep a close eye on your jeep





and stop making people want to kill you haha

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