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Old 02-06-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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Pump the Brakes Kid!!

Alright so here is the run down, about less than a year ago i changed the brake pads and rear drums on my 01 wrangler. Now, about a month ago i lifted the jeep and come to think of it i cant remember if the brakes were sensitive before the lift. So here is where my problem is..... Idk if its cause of the lift or what but it seems that i have to push the brake pedal purrrty close to the floorboard to stop. Any ideas? new brake lines? thanks in advance
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:49 PM   #2
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Have u given them a good bleeding?

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Old 02-07-2011, 01:07 AM   #3
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I'd check your pad wear first...if you went with larger tires and your pads were not of real good quality, they may have worn extra fast stopping the larger tires. Then I'd check for any leaks...if no leaks are found, bleed em out real good.

I'm no brake expert...just what I'd do...
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:15 AM   #4
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if you've never changed the fluid now is a good time. while doing that check to see if you stretched the brake lines, or have them in a bind at any wheel position. also if you wheel it regularly go ahead and find somewhere to flex on to see if you may be damaging them while off road. and obviously re-check your pads and shoes and look for leaks, especially on the back of the drums.
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:36 AM   #5
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Brake pad wear automatically gets compensated for every time you use the brakes - that's why there is no adjustment for it.

Sounds like when you added the lift it lengthened the E-brake cable - it was mis-adjusted before.

Try this - adjust the rear brakes properly:
Loosen the E-brake cable till it's very loose.
Tighten the shoes with the star wheel till the wheel will not turn. Back it off 3 or 4 clicks. It'll still be tight.
Have someone step on the pedal hard, then release it (that centers the shoes.) It'll turn easier now. If it's still too tight, back off another 3 or 4 clicks, then center it again.
Keep doing that until the wheel turns fairly freely.
Centering is very important - otherwise you'll back it off too far.

Then do the other side.
After it's adjusted right, adjust the E-brake cable.

If that doesn't do it - bleed the brakes the proper way. Do not have your helper pump the pedal - pumping turns the air bubbles into foam - it will never bleed right foamy.
A steady push is all it takes.
Picture trying to wash foamy soap bubbles down the drain - not easy to do.

If it's still at the bottom of pedal travel, replace Master cylinder - bench bleed and bleed the system again.

Let us know what it took to fix it.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:22 AM   #6
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alright so the brakes started acting up last night and i parked the vehicle and didnt want to take any chances. Upon inspection today i had no fluid in the resevoir So i thought well, why the hell dont i have any? Then i get under and my inner rim was wet with the brake fluid. look at the brake hose and it was crazy loose tightend up the bolt on the line and bled the brakes. good at new. all is well now
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:53 AM   #7
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That happened with my Jeepster. On a hard turn the tire touched the brake line - and unscrewed it just enough to leak. Check to make sure it doesn't come in contact - now that the lift is on.

It's no wonder the country is falling apart - stupidity abounds!
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