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Unread 08-03-2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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first time replacing my front brake pads on a Jeep GC

I am going to try to put new front brake pads and rotors on my 98 5.9 Limited for the first time, I have always had them done at a shop in the past. I bought the EBC Yellowstuff Pads and Centric Premium Rotors that were recommended by users here at Jeep Forum. I am hoping that these pads will help my Jeep stop better. The brakes are one of the biggest weaknesses that the 93-98 Grand Cherokee has. Not one of my 3 Grand Cherokee's stopped well at all and I am hoping these pads will help. I have never done this on a Jeep before. I had always owned General Motors vehicles until 1995 when I bought my first Grand Cherokee. I have done a lot of pad replacements on my 79 Trans Am and on my 76 Grand Prix, just have never done it on a Jeep before. Any hints or tips on replacing the pads and rotors on the front of a 5.9 Limited would be greatly appreciated!! Are there any places that should have never seize applied or any places that need to be cleaned so that they will slide properly? If there is any place that has people that would know, it would be right here at Jeep Forum!!

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Unread 08-03-2011, 10:09 PM   #2
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As far as I know, brakes are brakes! Replace them like you would any other disk brakes. Its an easy job. I'm assuming you know the basics... that's all you need pretty much lol
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Unread 08-03-2011, 10:10 PM   #3
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If you can pump gas then you can change brake pads. Its that easy. Remove tire and two bolts holding the caliper then pull the caliper off. At this point the rotor should fall off. Replace rotor, install new pads, bolt caliper back on. Done. I can do the whole job in about 20 minutes. I typically use a thin coat of never-seez where the calipers slide on the brackets. Be very careful replacing the caliper bolts; its easy to strip out the threads.
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Man I remember in auto tech I changed the front brakes on a Liberty in less than 10 minutes by myself i swear...lol the other guys were working in teams of two and had only just got the old pads off on the other cars
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If you can pump gas then you can change brake pads. Its that easy. Remove tire and two bolts holding the caliper then pull the caliper off. At this point the rotor should fall off. Replace rotor, install new pads, bolt caliper back on. Done. I can do the whole job in about 20 minutes. I typically use a thin coat of never-seez where the calipers slide on the brackets. Be very careful replacing the caliper bolts; its easy to strip out the threads.


Dont you have to adjust the calipers with the new pads and stuff or no ?
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Unread 08-03-2011, 10:22 PM   #6
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Dont you have to adjust the calipers with the new pads and stuff or no ?
Never done brakes on a jeep but with my trucks, I compressed the piston to get the caliper back on the rotor and they self adjust from there.
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yea just use a clamp and push the caliper back in all the way, keep the old pad on and clamp on that if you dont wanna mess up the piston and for goodnesss sakes do one side at a time, or else you will pop a piston out of one of the calipers.
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If you can pump gas then you can change brake pads. Its that easy. Remove tire and two bolts holding the caliper then pull the caliper off. At this point the rotor should fall off. Replace rotor, install new pads, bolt caliper back on. Done. I can do the whole job in about 20 minutes. I typically use a thin coat of never-seez where the calipers slide on the brackets. Be very careful replacing the caliper bolts; its easy to strip out the threads.
Thank you, I will be very careful when tightening the caliper bolts.
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Apply a bit of tacky grease to the slides on the knuckles the pads ride on. Inspect them for divits as well.
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Apply a bit of tacky grease to the slides on the knuckles the pads ride on. Inspect them for divits as well.
Thank You, will do!!
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Hey, post back how well the EBC pads and rotors perform for you, as that's an upgrade I've been considering. They claim 30% more stopping improvement. Did you get the dimpled and slotted rotors? They do improve performance, although wear pads quicker. For how much more expensive the EBC pads are, I would expect a notable improvement. Your report would be appreciated. :-)
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Hey, post back how well the EBC pads and rotors perform for you, as that's an upgrade I've been considering. They claim 30% more stopping improvement. Did you get the dimpled and slotted rotors? They do improve performance, although wear pads quicker. For how much more expensive the EBC pads are, I would expect a notable improvement. Your report would be appreciated. :-)
That is why I bought them, and more than a couple people on this board have recommended the ebc yellowstuff and the Centric Premium Rotors. The best upgrade is to put larger rotors on, but I don't have the $1000 for the kit so I am trying the less expensive fix. I, unfortunately, like speed and with speed you need good brakes. One of my first upgrades were ADDCO Sway Bars and once I put them on the Jeep handled a lot better. I have owned 3 Grand Cherokee's , the first one a 1995, and the brakes on all of them have all needed some serious help but the 95 was by far the worst. I am hoping that I will feel the difference. According to the EBC website it takes a number of miles to break them in. Once I pass that point I will post here and let you know.
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