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dgz69er 02-18-2012 08:48 PM

Rear brakes and fog lights
 
I have two questions about my 2001 jeep wrangler Sahara edition. I recently acquired this jeep.

1st. My rear brakes dont appear to work in 2wd. I did a test stop on snow and there was no skid from the rear brakes. However in 4wd they work perfectly. This makes my jeep highly unstable in 2wd when I try to stop in 2wd on both ice and even when I have to stop suddenly on dry roads. The brake thing does not make any sense to me. If someone could please tell me what is going on I would appreciate it. Do I need to have this fixed?

My fog lights are very dim. Do I need to replace the bulb or the light. If I need to replace the bulb where. An I find them?

Yes I am a jeep newb.

All answers are appreciated.

50Johnbob 02-18-2012 10:11 PM

Does the emergency brake seem to work when you apply it?
Have you tried adjusting the brakes?

dgz69er 02-18-2012 10:17 PM

I have not tried the emergency brake. I'm not very mechanically inclined so I do not know how to adjust the brakes. I do have a warranty on the car. Should I just take it in. Or is this normal. I don't imagine it is

Sherpa 02-18-2012 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by dgz69er (Post 2047210)
1st. My rear brakes dont appear to work in 2wd. I did a test stop on snow and there was no skid from the rear brakes. However in 4wd they work perfectly.

I have my doubts that your rear brakes are working in 4WD.

When you are in 4WD, the transfer case locks your front and rear output shafts together. This means that the front tires and the rear tires are forced to turn at the same speed. When you panic brake on snow/ice, your front brakes cause the front wheels to lock up... and since the transfer case is engaged, this will cause your rear tires to lock up as well. In 4WD, you cannot lock both front wheels and simultaneously allow the rear wheels to turn.

I'd guess your rear brakes need to be adjusted. The good news is that this is a very simple procedure for any knowledgeable mechanic. All he'll need to do is lift the rear end off the ground and insert a screwdriver into the adjustment hole on the inside of each rear drum.

50Johnbob 02-18-2012 10:40 PM

No, it doesn't sound normal. You should probably have it checked out.

Thank You Sherpa, you saved me a lot of typing

CoyoteOn2 02-18-2012 11:32 PM

You have a Warranty ~~~ use it.

dgz69er 02-19-2012 10:34 AM

That's the plan on the warranty. I just don't want to go in there and look like an idiot. Also any thoughts on the fog lights

Sherpa 02-19-2012 12:08 PM

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Originally Posted by dgz69er (Post 2048789)
That's the plan on the warranty. I just don't want to go in there and look like an idiot.

FYI: I've never seen any extended/after-the-fact warranty which would cover drum brake adjustment (or shoe replacement) on a used vehicle. Even Chrysler's new vehicle warranty will only cover brake pads/adjustments for 12 months or 12,000 miles. But, again, this is a very simple thing to do (assuming all you need is an adjustment) so your cost should be very low.

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Originally Posted by dgz69er (Post 2048789)
Also any thoughts on the fog lights

In my experience, dim lights are usually the result of a poor ground connection. Having said that, I'm not certain where the fog lights get their ground signal; sorry I can't be of any real help here.

dgz69er 02-19-2012 05:58 PM

The dealer I bought it from (not a jeep dealer) offered a 2 month warranty on the jeep. They also guaranteed me it had been through their xxx point inspection. So since that is the case. I will hold them up to the warranty they offered or show them the paperwork involving how it passed their dealership and state inspection.


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