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Unread 06-05-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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93 Jeep Cherokee Brake Problems

I've got a 1993 Jeep Cherokee with a 4.0, front discs and back drums...

I've been noticing for a little while that my brakes have been getting a little weak, but I can still stop just fine...

However, I have been driving for the last month or so, and it sounds like when I am driving that it's metal to metal... And then when you press the brake pedal, the sound goes away, until you let go of the brake pedal.

So obviously, I think brake pads...

Took my front wheels off today, brake pads are fine. Plenty left... Even the rotors are fine...


Just for the hell of it, I bled my brakes...


But then I decided to turn my rotors with my hand, and it made the same sound... But my brake pads are fine.. Looked at the dust cover and it wasn't rubbing against the rotor...

Put my tools up for the night, went to take a shower, and then I thought... Could it be the ball bearings?


Also: I was driving my Jeep for a long time one day, lots of stopping and going and stopping, red lights and such, and my driver side got really, really hot...

Like, to the point where I threw some water on it and immediately turned to steam... Let it sit for a while, got back in to drive it, seemed fine after that..


Maybe brake calipers...


Anyways, I am COMPLETELY OPEN to all ideas...

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Unread 06-05-2013, 08:45 PM   #2
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Sound like the problem I had a while back. My passenger side wheel got so hot and I thought it was the brake caliper going bad since it was not releasing right after I lift my foot off the brakes. I discovered the wheel hub was bad as if a ball bearing was missing. I replaced the wheel hub and the problem went away.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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Took it for a test drive today after bleeding my brakes...

The sound seems to be gone, and I have tons more braking power... I'll see how it works...
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Unread 06-06-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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jack the wheel up grap the tire at 10 and 2 if you have any play then the bearing is bad
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Unread 06-06-2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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but it really sounds like a hub bearing. Its super easy to replace. Just take your brakes and rotors off, undo the 36mm axle nut ant the 3 12pt 13mm bolts on back of the knuckle.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 08:50 PM   #6
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Here's the write up to get the hub off but ignore the u-joint which is the same process. Just thought to throw the link in for your reference.
http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/d30/axle-1.htm
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Unread 06-07-2013, 07:40 AM   #7
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Alright, I trust you guys.

I will go and switch out the bearings on both sides.

Gonna have to wait a day or two, though... That tropical storm is right on top of me right now... And I am without a garage.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 11:37 AM   #8
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So! Drove the Jeep around today for more than a mile, and guess what? You guys already knew, but the sound came back...

So, now the question is.. Can you change just the wheel bearings (ball bearings), or is it a whole hub assembly?
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Unread 06-08-2013, 12:06 PM   #9
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It is an assembly. around $100 for each side get timken if you can
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