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Old 07-19-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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Sensitive brakes when wet

I've noticed this for a few years now with my Jeep - whenever the brakes get moist it's like they become SUPER sensitive; anything from crossing a wet trail, leaving a car wash, or of course rain. I don't think they're stronger than when they're dry - but they kick in to what seems like 100% with the slightest touch of the pedal. I haven't had issues with skidding out of control with it yet (though the rear likes to lock up on occasion) - but its enough to startle me a little bit when it's rainy out (and the roads are slickest). It seems like the rear is most sensitive to this, but I think the front does it too - it's done this through numerous sets of pads.

Anyways - does anyone (perhaps from a wet climate) have any insight on this? I'd like to see if I can get rid of it if at all possible.

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Old 07-19-2007, 10:48 PM   #2
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yah.. it happens to me all the time..

just tap your breaks a couple times as your taking off.. it should dry them out a lil bit

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Old 07-19-2007, 11:18 PM   #3
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same here.. no problems just keep your foot easy at first while they are still moist.. they dry out in few seconds of braking

The material (feather?) gets moist.. drums have more surface area so i think thats why you feel it more in the rear brakes.
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:49 AM   #4
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I forget the actual reasoning, but all drum brakes lock when they are wet, disks will not Can't tell ya why anymore, but thats the nature of the beast
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:17 AM   #5
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Do you notice it more becouse Wranglers are so small? My K5 Blazer Never noticed that but with my Tj Just sitting overnight in winter I get that L/U Feeling untill they dry out a bit.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:08 AM   #6
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Same Here, I have the same thing, always in the morning the 1rst touch of the brake pedal the jeep skids and some times the people looks at me like WTF.
They dont understand that it's a Jeep thing!!!!
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:17 AM   #7
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What it is the brakes notice that when u hit the break it doesn't work as well as it is dry. So what it does it trys to over compencate for safty reasons. It happens quite allot if you have had your brakes for awile. Its just trying to save you with makin you look like an idiot.

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Just get bigger tires, then you won't notice it so much
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Old 07-20-2007, 03:23 PM   #9
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it's just a Jeep thing, Brought it to work and the guys check the brakes and they said everything was fine so I just was more careful first A/M untill She wakes up a bit.
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My camaro and pick up did it as well. Normal for older drum brakes
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So it seems like the only way to get rid of it is to upgrade to a dana 60, get bigger tires, and get some upgraded disc brakes? cool - that sounds reasonable
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So it seems like the only way to get rid of it is to upgrade to a dana 60, get bigger tires, and get some upgraded disc brakes? cool - that sounds reasonable
The term for that is fuzzy logic, IOW, logic to get it past the wife.
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Even on disk brakes you can notice it too.. just its a lot less. I used to drive a miata ~2200lb with all 4 disks.. they were so picky when they were wet, possibly more noticable than my wrangler.
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My wifes jeep was doing that pretty bad. Pulled all of it out and she had a leaky axle tube seal. That nasty diff fluid must have mixed with the water and got the shoes wet. It was so bad when we were wheelin that it was scary. So she got all new seals, bearings, and brakes. Problem went away.
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My wifes jeep was doing that pretty bad. Pulled all of it out and she had a leaky axle tube seal. That nasty diff fluid must have mixed with the water and got the shoes wet. It was so bad when we were wheelin that it was scary. So she got all new seals, bearings, and brakes. Problem went away.
i know its a different vechicle but my buddy jsut did the same to his wifes grand cherokee and the seal busted and it was all over the inside too.

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