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Unread 05-12-2002, 08:10 AM   #1
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Brakes from Hell!

Ok, so I'm driving down the road. I smell a burning rubber smell. The Jeep wants to pull to the right. If I apply the brakes it jerks to the left so bad it almost flips it. I get out and brake fluid is all over my rear driverside wheel. And smoke is coming from my front pass side. I look underneath and the disc brake is on fire! What does it sound like and what should I do?

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Unread 05-12-2002, 08:44 AM   #2
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First thing I recomend is putting out that fire <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> Then take it to a brake shop to have them fixed by a qualified technician. Brakes are too important to mess with. For the little bit you save it's hardly worth doing them yourself.
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Unread 05-12-2002, 03:28 PM   #3
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Brakes always seem like a simple job.theyre small. theyre simple. but every time, working on my brakes is hell. Last time i replaced my master cylinder because i wasnt getting good pressure, and i took it for a test drive at 8ish (After the auto store closed) and i pushed on the brakes and they held, then lost all power, and i had no brakes except the front. so it really didnt stop the jeep. i pulled it into my garage, and saw both wheels leaking fluid. i said ooooh crap this isnt gonna be good. i pulled off the wheel, pulled of the drum, and the whole brake assembly came apart and fell to the floor. the wheel cylinder was blown open from the higher pressure of the new master cylinder. I pulled off the other wheel and it was the same deal. So, i take my dads car to school the next day, stop by the auto store and pick up a couple cylinders and some brake fluid. I do some homework or something, and start working on my jeep at like 7. of course, the bolts holding the cyinders in have about 4 inchs of corrosion on them, and it takes me forever to take those out. I start putting it all together and im thinking all right so far so good ill be driving it tommorow.. and then, i go to put on the self adjuster fin thing that holds the brake adjuster in place, and it breaks in half. i look at my watch and its exactly 8:00, the closing time of the store. The story does have a happy ending though. my brakes work. oh and as for advice, if you dont feel confident working on it, by all means take it somewhere... brakes are worth it.
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Unread 05-13-2002, 09:29 AM   #4
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great, I'm gonna try replacing the caliper. But for the rear drum problem. What could it be? Its leaking alot!
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Unread 05-14-2002, 01:35 PM   #5
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It's the wheel cylinder blown.

My recommendation, honestly, is to go thru your brakes and rebuild them all around, so you don't end up with pulling, and know what you are getting. Replace both rear wheel cylinders (cheap), all the guts, and in the front, replace the rotors (~$27 each new), calipers (they are freezing, causing your brakes to heat up and catch on fire), and all guts.

Sounds excessive, but I am a firm believer in spending a little money on these things. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> Been there done that kind of thing.
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Unread 05-14-2002, 04:28 PM   #6
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Well I replaced both front rotors and pads 2 weeks ago. But after catching fire do you think I might need to replace it again?
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Unread 05-14-2002, 05:42 PM   #7
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You just did brake work 2 weeks ago? You left that part out before. It may mean nothing but there's a chance it's related.
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Unread 05-15-2002, 08:20 AM   #8
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the guy who helped me with it thinks its the caliper too. He's what I call a "true" mechanic. He can fix things rather than just replace them. I'll trust him over anything. I'll let you guys know tomorrow night after we work on it. THanx for the help.
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Unread 05-15-2002, 10:54 AM   #9
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Many times, the "rebuilt" calipers you buy are made like crap. I have had many blow the piston as soon as you pressurize it and have to go back right away. Have had others that "hang-up", which is likely what happened to you. Thank god for warranties.

Either way, you may want to replace the calipers anyway. Fire would likely have destroyed or damaged the rubber seal for the piston.
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