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StephenB 04-17-2013 11:53 PM

Should I replace brakes?
 
I have what I'm assuming to be OEM front and rear brakes, so they're 15 years old... They are rusted to the point where its difficult to discern caliper from rotor. The thing is, the brakes work spectacularly, with only occasional squeaking. The BIG question is, should I replace them, even if they're still functioning properly? Or can I knock it down a couple rungs on my to-do list?

UnlimitedLJ04 04-18-2013 12:08 AM

at 15 yrs old, how much pad is left, how much rotor is left, and how deep are the divots in the knuckles? you may find it useful to take the wheels off and actually look/measure.

SeVeReDiStOrTiOn 04-18-2013 12:10 AM

yes

thgr8alex 04-18-2013 12:15 AM

Hmmm mine are 15 years old too and can tell mine arent strong anymore. It was on the list but may be bumpin it up now

StephenB 04-18-2013 12:22 AM

Well, I'm new to vehicle DIY, so I haven't really had experience with brakes so I don't know what the divots are.. And I haven't checked the pads either.

PStov98TJ 04-18-2013 12:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StephenB (Post 3650875)
Well, I'm new to vehicle DIY, so I haven't really had experience with brakes so I don't know what the divots are.. And I haven't checked the pads either.

Best thing to do is take the wheels off and look. But only disassemble one side at a time. That way you can look at the still assembled side for reference. That's if they're still installed correctly.
Just a tip I used replacing mine when I was 16

Atthehop 04-18-2013 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StephenB (Post 3650875)
Well, I'm new to vehicle DIY, so I haven't really had experience with brakes so I don't know what the divots are.. And I haven't checked the pads either.

If you have no experience with brakes then I would suggest you have a friend or relative who is to help you. You DO NOT want to fake it when doing brake work and not be able to stop the jeep when you take it out on the first ride. People die from improper repairs.

PStov98TJ 04-18-2013 04:23 PM

True. I did have someone around to ask questions too. Always good to have friends (or at least ones with uncles that own a shop they let you work on your jeep at :D )


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