Brake Job from Hell
This is getting to be a long story but here goes. I have a 1999 Cherokee that I have owned since it was new. It has almost 180,000 miles on it, and it has been a very good vehicle for the most part. The front discs/pads have been replaced several times with no problems. I don't think the rear brakes were ever worked on until now. A few months ago I decided to replace the rear shoes, since they were probably getting quite thin by now. They were working fine and not making any noise, I just thought it had to be about time. Since I couldn't get those old drums off, I took it to a mechanic. He said yes, the shoes were about gone, so he replaced them as well as the wheel cylinders. A week or so later, they began squeaking, so I took it back. I asked him why he hadn't replaced the drums. He told me the drums looked ok, but he agreed to change them then. It was ok for awhile, but the squeaking returned in about a week. The drums were also getting extremely hot. I took it back again, and this time he replaced the shoes (again). He seemed to be out of ideas, but hopefully this would do it. Well, a week or so later, same thing! Drums, especially the left side, getting very hot, along with the squeak squeak squeak at low speeds. Also there was pulsing in the brakes. I took it to a different mechanic, who put in a new hardware kit. He couldn't find anything wrong, probably because it only squeaked and pulsed when they got good and hot. Well the problem returned AGAIN. I decided to put new drums on myself. It was fine for awhile, but that persistent problem kept coming back. I also loosened the emergency brake cable, it seemed a bit tight. That too seemed to help for a while, but the same squeaking, pulsing and heating came back. I finally broke down and took it to the dealer, where I should have gone in the first place. He told me the brakes had been adjusted way too tight, causing the drums to overheat and warp. Success at last, or so I thought. They turned the drums and adjusted the brakes properly. It was great! Finally fixed I thought. But now a few days later I've noticed that same annoying squeak squeak squeak is returning. It happens after I have driven awhile. No pulsing yet. I do notice the left side drum gets warmer than the right, it was hot once when I got home. Yesterday I deliberately drove several miles at high speed while avoiding any use of the brakes at all. When I came to a stop after that, the drums were cool, so that tells me they're not dragging, at least not right now. I am open to any suggestions anyone might have. Three different mechanics can't seem to figure this out, and it's about driving me nuts! Help!!