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Unread 08-31-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
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Help me with my Brakes...

I know I may be dumb but I've done brakes many times and this time I'm stumped. Mind you, never on a jeep. Below you can see.

The top part of the caliper is 1/4" short from getting on. It just won't go over. When my old pads are on, it fits with ease but those are old. There's no way to push the middle part any further back.

pads.jpg   caliper.jpg  
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Unread 08-31-2014, 07:45 PM   #2
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It doesn't fit because everything on your jeep is too clean. It has no business looking like that. Rub some dirt on it and make it leak oil somewhere and it will fit... promise.
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Unread 08-31-2014, 07:50 PM   #3
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Take the red plug out and try. ;-)
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Unread 08-31-2014, 08:01 PM   #4
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It's clean because there isn't a thing on it that has been used. It can't be used because I can't figure out the stupid brake thing. I had a mechanic of 30 years stumped. He tried for 1 hour and said he has to go lol. Oh, and it does leak, that's the next project. I'm sure that will go as well as this.

Red plug is added color to this all black thing.
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Unread 08-31-2014, 08:09 PM   #5
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you may have the wrong rotors and possibly pads.

see if this helps http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/f...itment-893491/
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Unread 08-31-2014, 08:20 PM   #6
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Rotors are identical. Calipers are the exact same. I replaced them just because I thought I couldn't push the calipers back far enough to fit as in picture 2 but I actually did. The only thing different are the size of the pads. The only reason there is a difference of size is because one is old and the other new. That thread is for 90 to 95 (oh nm re-read it) and it is the same as the videos I've watched which haven't helped. Still doesn't make since why it's this much trouble.

The pads are right. I checked online and called Napa, Autozone, Pep Boys, and Whoopies or whatever. All told me the same. I wish one would say different because I would try those.
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Unread 08-31-2014, 09:01 PM   #7
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Are those retaining clips necessary? I don't ever remember having those with stock brakes. I doubt that would cause a quarter inch difference in the calipers going on or not though. Are the calipers the same as the old ones? The rotors? Something has to have a wrong part number. What year jeep do you have, and can you post pictures of the old stuff?

Do the old calipers go on with the new pads and old rotors?
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Unread 08-31-2014, 09:09 PM   #8
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was looking at your picture with the rotors.. there isnt much stud sticking out to put the wheel on? Check the height to the inside of the hat.. it makes a big difference there... not the height to the outside. take pictures of your old parts next to your new parts...something has to be different... did you take both sides apart at the same time or one at a time? If the other side is still together take pictures of that side..
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Unread 08-31-2014, 09:35 PM   #9
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How is this jeep so shiney and new?!
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Unread 09-01-2014, 06:56 AM   #10
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Please fill out your profile, what year jeep. The brake mounts changed sometime in 89-91 so important to get the right parts. I know I went down this road with mine, also I have been given parts that were incorrect but the store swore they were, went to a different company to get the right one. Just a thought.
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Unread 09-01-2014, 07:21 AM   #11
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Wrong parts. Parts house counter guys are not mechanics. Get parts that fit what you have and it will work.
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Unread 09-01-2014, 09:10 AM   #12
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looks like wrong rotors to me and I've never seen those clips on a YJ before, though I suppose it might have been factory OEM
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Unread 09-01-2014, 10:39 AM   #13
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They gave me the wrong pads. They wouldn't go back far enough but switched them and it worked. The last guy I called. Thanks guys.

It shiney and new because everything has been replaced.
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Unread 09-01-2014, 06:29 PM   #14
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Huge help though from everyone. I have my new rotors, calipers and pads on the way. If I have a problem I will be sure to spill some dirty oil on them and roll them in the dirt before the pics..
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Unread 09-01-2014, 10:30 PM   #15
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Wrong parts. Parts house counter guys are not mechanics. Get parts that fit what you have and it will work.
I second this notion a million million times. I do not like those parts jerks...

When I lived out in the country, the autozone people knew what they were doing. Here in the city, I don't know how any of the service employees can even function in society...
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