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Old 07-16-2013, 10:03 AM   #1
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2008 2dr Rubicon Front End Issue (Not DW)

This past weekend, a problem surfaced with my jeep. Every now and then, when I slowed down, I would feel a pulsing (brake rotors aren't warped as this isn't consistent). A little while later, while in town, while driving straight, the front end started to wobble (again, not DW), and as I slowed down, it got worse, until I was almost at a stop. I could feel something in the front end that felt loose - something just felt...off. I limped home, climbed up under the jeep, and checked everything out. Nothing looked amiss. I jacked the jeep up, and pried up on the wheels to check the ball joints. There was a little movement, but I read that some movement was acceptable. I couldn't figure it out, so I gave up.

The next day, I decided to try again to find the problem. After spending an hour under it, I still couldn't find the problem, so I decided to try to make something break (thinking it was almost broke, it just needed some help...haha). I took the jeep down our dirt road and banged on it a little bit. Nothing broke. When I got back on a paved road, and got up to around 45, for a brief moment, it felt like something was scrubbing on the front left (kinda pulsing-like). When I hit the brakes to slow down to turn back into my driveway, the brakes felt weird, sort of like the abs was engaging. When I got back in my yard, I decided to see if anything in the brakes was loose, so I grabbed a stick and proceeded to poke the rotor. When i touched the left front rotor, it sizzled it was so hot. I went around to the passenger side, and it wasn't NEAR as hot.

I feel like, after reading countless posts, that I either have a caliper sticking, or a bad hub. I wouldn't think that ball joints would cause those symptoms, but I could be wrong.

I plan to snatch the wheel off this weekend, and get a closer look (I keep it at my mom's two hours away, as I pretty much only drive it around on the weekends).

One other thing - when jacked up, the driver's side front wheel was pretty hard to turn. Is that normal?

Any ideas on what my issue is?

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Old 07-18-2013, 11:45 AM   #2
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No one?

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:18 PM   #3
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You are on the right track. There is something going on on the driver's side. Sounds like a hung caliper. A bad hub would eat the wheel speed sensor and kick out the ABS and ESP/BAS lights.

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Old 07-20-2013, 12:07 PM   #4
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After pulling the wheel (and breaking a stud...thanks to the dumbass who cross threaded my lug nut...), it seems like it's a faulty caliper. It will not release when the brakes are pressed and released. Can't seem to find any in stock nearby though, so I guess I'll have to order one...

Here's to ANOTHER week of waiting...
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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It does sound a lot like a sticking caliper to me also.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:58 PM   #6
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Tracked one down, and will pick it up Monday. Really wanted to get it fixed by next weekend as I was going to use it as the getaway vehicle for our wedding.

Apparently wheel lugs are hard to come by also.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:41 PM   #7
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Got the caliper changed out this morning and that seems to have fixed the issue. The job wasn't bad at all.

Now it's ready for our wedding tomorrow!

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