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post #1 of 8 Old 05-13-2002, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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What would cause breaks to set on fire?

The front pass side brakes caught fire. Should I just replace the caliper? How hard is it to do? Also, my rear driver side brake is leaking brake fluid, what would the cause and solution be for that?


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post #2 of 8 Old 05-13-2002, 02:39 PM
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Sounds like the caplier has seized. It's an easy job to replace it and I believe refurb. cost around $20.

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Sometimes it works better than others. Still think its the caliper? And any idea about the rear drum?

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My wife's seized up also. Smoked but did not catch fire. The next year her rear cylinders also started leaking, then mine.
It's time for a complete brake job front and rear.
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Yup, I just bought a caliper. I'll fix the front one first. THats the major problem right now. But I need to know more about the rear first.

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I hope you bought both sides and new pads. If one goes the second is not to far behind.
On the rear it is the part called the "wheel cylinder". It is connected directly to the break lines and pushes out two pistons on each end to apply pressure to the shoes. Once they start to leak they are shot. The only problem you may have replacing them is removing the brake line. A little heat should help. Get new shoes and a spring kit also. Some "Brake Klean" spray will remove all the fluid and gunk.

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See my reply to your other post. Go thru and do COMPLETE brakes, front and rear. Seriously, go all-out, you won't regret it.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-06-2002, 07:55 AM
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Sounds like the seals have gone on them.What can cause this is using other than the recommended fluid or an incompatible fluid.Melts seals in quick order. Just completed a brake job on such a car...owner used non-recommended fluid....She has WHOLE NEW brake system now.....It was a foreign car though ...haven't heard of this in a jeep ... but it CAN Happen

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