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Unread 06-30-2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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ZJ Jeep brakes?

Hello,
I am helping a friend with his jeep issues. Good Year is working on his Jeep and they told him that some of the parts for his brakes are no longer being manufactured. I figured you guys would know what to do.
I am not familiar with Jeeps, but I am looking for brake parts for his ZJ (1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee). If these are made anything like the VWs I am familiar with, the brakes should swap with any of the ZJ models?

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Unread 06-30-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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What parts are they saying are no longer being made? What kind of work is he doing?
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Unread 06-30-2013, 12:26 PM   #3
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Not completly sure... My friend is not the most mechanically inclined, he was complaining about a squeeling noise. I figured you guys would know about any of news of brake parts being discontinued. All I know is that it is part of the calipers in the rear. It looks like I can get everything you would ever need from here:
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/jeep-br...e-zj/index.htm



...I have worked with these guys at this good year before. They ruined my tie rod trying to do an alignment. My VW came with a non adjustable tie rod from the facory that they bent up with a torch and vice grips. Not sure they are the brightest bunch.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 01:02 PM   #4
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well your first problem was taking it to goodyear.
squeeling probably means the pads are worn out. by no means are new brake pads hard to find or "discontinued".
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Unread 06-30-2013, 01:14 PM   #5
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well your first problem was taking it to goodyear.


I had my alignment done after loweing my VW so no real choice there.
My friend mentioned something about a part (other than the pad) wearing out. Maybe he rode it down to the piston?
It looks like my friend can just order that part from that 4x4 website and be on his way, so crisis averted. Just need to figure out what the hell goodyear is talking about.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 02:01 PM   #6
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I've never had a problem getting brake parts for the zj's, but I have disc brakes. Would it be something with the real drums that was a problem?

Other than the drums on early models, the brakes are the same year to year as far as I know.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 02:37 PM   #7
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Maybe Goodyear is talking about the caliper assembly.
For the squeeling I would think it is the pads. If the caliper is seized, the piston will not return and the pads will wear out faster.
I was told from one company that my front calipers were seized. It turns out that was not the case. When I pulled them of myself it turns out the sliders were seized. I took them out cleaned them and put dielectric grease, now have no trouble with them.
I would have your friend check the sliders first.


As dnuccio said taking it to Goodyear might be your problem. They are as bad a Midas and Green and Ross.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 03:26 PM   #8
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Ok...didnt really want to post this, and if I offend anyone who's 100% honest....my apologies ....but:

I had an (in-law) relative who used to open and manage new shops for Firestone. Of course, he knew all the Goodyear managers in his area too. But in my mind, they are pretty much all the same.

Said in-law became a client of mine for a while ( financial stuff)....and let me tell you, he was paid VERY well for his shenanigans at work. He'd laugh about scaring little old ladies into buying all kinds of stuff for their cars, particularly when it came to brakes. It pizzed me off and I told him as much. He was a scumbag who became VERY wealthy in about 7 years.

Evidently, his "sales ideas" came from the corporate offices, or maybe just from his regional guy, I dont know. Either way, it was totally about his bonuses. I'm not against profits, so dont think I am. I LOVE profits ! I'm all about profits. In fact, I'm ruthless in business, some might say. There is a line I wont cross...and that's being a bald faced liar. I just wont stoop to the level that this particular individual did, in order to get them. I do it right.....and it seemed to me that this type of behavior was pretty much the norm for a lot of those chain-type auto centers. Again, apologies to the good guys who do it right....for you are not whom I speak about.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 03:31 PM   #9
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Yup. Goodyear, Sears, Meineke, Firestone and the like can all go to hell (out of business) as far as I'm concerned. Most of them are little better than a crooked dealership.
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Unread 06-30-2013, 03:58 PM   #10
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If he rode the brakes all the way to the piston, the rotor is probably junk too
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