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Old 06-20-2014, 10:30 PM   #1
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Brake feels like its popping

2000 Tj stock. I Can really feel it pop almost like it catches in the pedal. It feels like it gets to a certain point then pops and finishes "seating?" Pulled front and rears(drum) and the only thing I noticed was whoever was driving last melted the boots over the piston and that nothing was lubed. I lubed the front pins the pads ride on and some other things and depressed the pistons in the caliper and reseated them. Didn't look like they were catching. Anybody have similar issues before? Thanks for any advice.

P.s.- this is my sister in laws jeep.

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Old 06-21-2014, 09:22 AM   #2
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Need new calipers? Sounds like one has stuck at some point in time. Also, I've only seen it once and it wasn't on a TJ but look at both faces of the front rotors and make sure there are no cracks.

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Old 06-21-2014, 09:40 AM   #3
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Id suspect a sticking caliper as well. Check over all the brake hardware in the drums really close too to see if a spring was placed the wrong way and is binding against another
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:47 AM   #4
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I had that issue last week. Took the drums off, inspected them and noticed the cable that is for the adjuster retainer was broken. Replaced the adjuster, retainer and the associated clips for it, adjusted them up and mines been good to go since.

Drum brakes are a pain in the way that they need regular maintenance and adjustment. I pull mine off once every couple months to inspect and service.

Also have a look at your front knuckles where the pads sit. Mine actually have spots where the knuckle has worn away leaving grooves that could cause the pop sensation
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Old 06-21-2014, 11:38 AM   #5
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Cool thanks fellas!! I've got some good info and stuff I can check tonight... Ill post back with anything I find.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:03 PM   #6
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I've never had that much trouble getting drums off before. I bunged up one of the star adjusters and ended up taking the axle out. Oops! Gotta wait on new adjusting kit. Then I'll take it for a test drive. If the problem persist I'm gonna change both the front calipers. I don't know if I mentioned this but they must have got the brakes super hot cause the piston boots were melted to the pads. Maybe that's letting some dirt in and it corroded in there. Thanks again for the replies. I'll keep it updated.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:23 AM   #7
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UPDATE : well I've been through both drums twice and couldn't find anything wrong. So I put on two new calipers as the boots were melted pretty good in there. Still "popping" maybe I'll try to explain a different way to get some new insight.
It's feeling almost like the pedal gets tighter or builds pressure and then pops or falls through alittle.

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