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Old 04-05-2012, 03:14 AM   #1
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Poor Brake Performance Question

I have a 2007 Unlimited X (4 door). I have the 18" Sahara rims and tires on it.
I would like to know if poor braking is standard on the new models. I have a 97 Wrangler sport with rear drums and it stops fine and the pedal feels good. my 07 with 4 wheel disc is horrible the pedal goes more than half way before anything is felt and it is bascially all or nothing when it comes to braking. the dealer installed new pads prior to me purchasing it. I have taken it back several times and they tell me the brakes are fine. I can't believe that the brakes are that poor on this thing. just looking for everyone's opinion / experience with the braking system.
This is the same dealer that said my rear window motor is working fine even though i have crank windows. (they roll down slightly after a few days)

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Old 04-05-2012, 03:22 AM   #2
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My 2010 Sahara brakes were completely fine when I got my Jeep brand new.
The pedal was pretty firm and response was quick.

I recently had a dealer put on new brake pads and there was a lot more play in the pedal. I said something to them and supposedly they adjusted something but I felt no difference.
I brought it back a second time and again, adjustments were made so they said.
The pedal felt A LITTLE better, but still had a lot more play in it than when I got it brand new.
The brakes are fine, but the pedal is not like it was when I purchased the Jeep.

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Old 04-05-2012, 03:26 AM   #3
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Yeah thats the thing, the brakes work but the pedal is horrible and it scares the heck out of my wife. I may just have to be an a-hole with the dealership to fix it.
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Old 04-05-2012, 03:44 AM   #4
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Yea, if it bothers you that much, demand that they make it right
Take a new Jeep for a test drive so you can compare how the pedals feel, and tell them you want it to feel exactly how the pedal on a new Jeep feels.
No reason why it shouldnt!!

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Old 04-05-2012, 06:27 AM   #5
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07 and my brakes are fine. Need to be replaced but fine
Easy fix if they need to be bleeded,
or is it blead? . Both words fail on my iPhone lol
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:37 AM   #6
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07 and my brakes are fine. Need to be replaced but fine
Easy fix if they need to be bleeded,
or is it blead? . Both words fail on my iPhone lol
it's bled.

and my brakes started to feel noticeably slower at responding when I added 33" tires and a heavier front bumper. but that was expected due to basic physics. maybe add some slotted rotors and a tad bigger brake kit, upgraded lines...we'll see. they aren't bad to where I feel like I'll get in an accident, still solid, just have to push a little more.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:42 AM   #7
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it's bled.

and my brakes started to feel noticeably slower at responding when I added 33" tires and a heavier front bumper. but that was expected due to basic physics. maybe add some slotted rotors and a tad bigger brake kit, upgraded lines...we'll see. they aren't bad to where I feel like I'll get in an accident, still solid, just have to push a little more.
Oh haha

Doing mine this weekend. Usually go with the mid grade from auto zone or wherever.
Have not noticed a performance loss with the bigger tires.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:48 AM   #8
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Oh haha

Doing mine this weekend. Usually go with the mid grade from auto zone or wherever.
Have not noticed a performance loss with the bigger tires.
really? the added distance between circumference of the tires and center mass, not to mention the added weight at the circumference due to sweet looking tread, would increase the pressure needed of the brake to slow down the vehicle. right? I hope physics wasn't useless for me...

but regardless, I've felt a difference.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:25 AM   #9
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If it stops, it stops.

If it doesn't...

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How the hell do you get towed out of that?
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How the hell do you get towed out of that?
Carefully.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:34 AM   #12
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This is the same dealer that said my rear window motor is working fine even though i have crank windows. (they roll down slightly after a few days)
^^^ This, would seem to indicate the below response (either that, or find another dealership who wants your $$).

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If your pedal is soft you might need to just bleed the brakes more. Or they screwed something up installing new brake pads.

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