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Unread 04-07-2007, 07:46 PM   #1
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96 Grand Cherokee (XJ?): Changing the brakes

Hi, I would like to learn how to change the brakes, both front and rear in the Cherokee. I'll need to learrn how to do this if I want to keep the jeep for a lot more than the 11 years I've already had it to stop it from bleeding my wallet. Is there something I should buy to help me along? I believe there are the technical manuals that jeep sells for like $1-200 that may help. Is there anything else? What tools will one definately need o get the job done? What tools are optional that will make the job easier? Any gotchas that I should be aware of?

Any advise at all would be appreciated.

Thanks, Jim

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Unread 04-07-2007, 08:27 PM   #2
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First off, a 1996 Grand Cherokee is a ZJ.

Brakes are not hard to do as long as you follow some simple rules. One of the first things you'll want to purchase to help yourself is a large C-clamp to help press the caliper piston back into the caliper.

Do a search on this site for 'Brakes'

also, look here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/brakes-question-393118/

Check out ebay for 'manuals and literature' under ebay motors/car and truck parts.... A good Factory service manual (FSM) will be invaluable in all of your Jeep endeavors.
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Unread 04-07-2007, 08:35 PM   #3
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It's very easy to DIY, no special tools needed, all metric sockets. Pick up the clamp as Vestjam suggested
When you go to auto store to get your break pads, pick up a Haynes manual, $15
It will give you basic idea about your ZJ + step by step routine maintenance and some repair info

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