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05-19-2013 07:23 PM
thgr8alex Got it all replaced and drives great and brakes good too!! Thanks everyone for helping solve my issue. Love this place
05-19-2013 10:08 AM
krisbman I replaced both calipers rotors and had my brakes bled in less than an hour and i think it was less than $150. All parts from NAPA
05-19-2013 08:24 AM
thgr8alex Im really curious, if you dont mind, how much did that cost you? Im trying to figure out how much money im saving by doing it myself
05-19-2013 04:09 AM
MarkGLHS small TJ had a frozen brake caliper just this week...i let my local jeep dealership go thru the entire front braking system with new OEM parts.
05-19-2013 12:42 AM
thgr8alex Ya i dont remember any washers, from what ive been reading, places like autozone and oreillys dont have them but napa does so il be running up to napa tomorrow to get them. Ill be sure to get the washers too. Strange how mine had none. And the hose was dripping just a little at the connection so tightened up a bit more to stop leakand bam, broke in half, luckily i was able to use pliers and unthread it out of there. But those bolts were old and a little rusty, maybe thats why they snapped
05-19-2013 12:19 AM
krisbman Its a banjo fitting and it should have copper washers on both sides of the fitting. How you broke the head off is puzzling, even without the washers you should be able to feel the bolt bottom out. I dont think ive ever broke a 3/8 bolt even putting air to it.
05-18-2013 11:40 PM
jwink41 My only experience with brake calipers is on motorcycles, so this may not be much help, but calipers are calipers (for the most part). I would think there should be washers on the banjo. Most motorcycle brake calipers I've serviced had two each. I'd just ask the O'Reilly parts guy. He/She could look it up.
05-18-2013 11:24 PM
thgr8alex Ok did some googling and figured out its a 3/8"-24 banjo bolt. Pretty common for these to break apparently.. Lol but i kept seeing talk of washers and dont remember mine having washers at the banjo bolt to hose connection. It slightly leaked which is why i tightemed it (too much and broke it) but should i get washers here? I mean is there a certain type or will any washer that fits there do the trick? Also if i buy the new banjo bolt would washers be included?
05-18-2013 10:26 PM
thgr8alex Good and bad news, i got new calipers, new pads, and my rotors smoothed out on a lathe and installed everything tonight but ended up breaking the drivers side bolt that goes through the brake line (the one that has the holes in it to allow brake fluid to flow, cant think of name of it right now). Luckily it was just the head so i was able to unscrew it and stop the brake line up. My question is now where can i get one of those bolts? Are they sort of universal and everycar has the same one or are they jeep specific? Do you think a local autozone or oreillys would have one or do i need to go to the stealership or order one online? Really a disappointing moment as i was almost done besides bleeding...
05-18-2013 07:22 PM
thgr8alex Heres a pic of the driver side caliper (one that siezed up on me) it was a PITA to remove haha but finally got it off.

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05-18-2013 07:08 PM
thgr8alex Yep just got all my parts from oreillys today and waiting on my rotors to be smoothed down just to be safe. Chillin at sonic haha will begin install in a few..
05-18-2013 04:24 PM
Originally Posted by thgr8alex View Post
So i went to run a few errands today and all was okay until we were on our way to the last stop. The steering felt, well, not right. It also pulled to the left and when i braked, it pulled significantly to the right. I stopped and pulled over and checked everything and all was tight except steering stabilizer, the bushing was rotted and moved just a tad. I dont know why that would be the problem so i continued driving (to home now) and the steering pulls got progressively worse and then when i was almost home i smelt this bad smell like burning oil or something burning. Also on the last road i heard something metal hit the ground. Like a bolt or something small. I made it home safely and checked again and cant seem to find the problem. The smell was strongest near the radiator and fan. It felt a little warmer than usual too. Also i got an alignment after my lift about a month or two ago so i wouldnt think its an alignment issue. It bogged down for a little bit on the way home as well. Thats everything odd i noticed and it drove so funky that i dont feel comfortable driving it until i figure out my issue. Thanks in advance guys...
Seized caliper. Happened to me about 2 months ago. It smelt like something was burning and it kept pulling to the left.
05-18-2013 04:01 PM
thgr8alex Ok good to know that all of my issues are now narrowed down to one thing. Phew i was afraid i was running into multiple issues here. Thanks a ton guys! Also just to verify, calipers are calipers right? Theres no good or bad ones? Any caliper that fits from an auto store is good right? Or are there certain brands to aim for or stray from?
05-18-2013 03:56 PM
chevymad Brake locking up can cause the shake as well.
05-18-2013 03:08 PM
thgr8alex Also, is the steering wheel shake i was getting from the brake calipers as well? Or could that have been something else?
05-18-2013 03:01 PM
thgr8alex Ok will do, so theres no brands to kind of stay away from?
05-18-2013 02:58 PM
novi306 That's bare minimum to get you going. You might look at the rotors to see if they are warped and the brake pads themselves Just call your local part stores and check prices Good luck !!
05-18-2013 02:14 PM
thgr8alex Good point, might as well while im at it. So new calipers and lines? Anything else needed? And where does everyone recommend getting these for a decent price?
05-18-2013 01:55 PM
novi306 Would not hurt to replace the brake line from caliper to the frame. Over time the rubber line degrades
05-18-2013 01:48 PM
thgr8alex Ya i suspected if one sides bad the other is probably not far from it. Thanks for confirmation Dare
05-18-2013 01:46 PM
thgr8alex Yep. That makes sense now. Thanks novi. So what all do i need to buy? New calipers? Should i only get drivers side or do both? Anything else needed?
05-18-2013 01:46 PM
Dare I suspect either a pad is dragging or caliper hung up, just had the same on my daughters vehicle, changed out the brake pads and rotors it had eaten one so bad and both guide pins were frozen up creating the constant pressure . if its the brakes, do both on the front to be safe and lube up those guide pins.
05-18-2013 01:42 PM
novi306 Plus if it felt like it was bogging down that may have been the caliper locking up on you also
05-18-2013 01:38 PM
thgr8alex Wow that worked really well novi, all wheels were room temp except driver front. It was significantly hotter. And it was pulling to the left as well which makes sense..
05-18-2013 01:31 PM
novi306 Easy way to check calipers is after a drive feel the wheel on the side it was pulling and see if it feels hotter than the other wheels
05-18-2013 01:30 PM
thgr8alex Yep thats on my list but i think thats another issue from my pull
05-18-2013 01:26 PM
novi306 Might need to let it cool down and start checking fluid levels in everything first
05-18-2013 01:25 PM
thgr8alex Let me know if more pics are needed of something else in detail or closeups. Or if i missed something. I tried to get a good overall couple of shots
05-18-2013 01:19 PM
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That 3rd pic youll have to rotate your head i took it with my phone rotated
05-18-2013 01:12 PM
thgr8alex Holy crap the hood stand was almost too hot to touch. Had to do it quick.
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