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Unread 07-04-2012, 10:35 AM   #1
firstxj4x4
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Hey everyone! So I recently bought my first jeep a 97 xj. I want to be able to fix it myself to save money and to learn about it. The next thing that needs to be done are the brakes. My question I'm hoping someone can help answer is are they easy to do and what should I be prepared for when I do it.

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Unread 07-04-2012, 12:13 PM   #2
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My first brake job just installing some new pads and rotors was easy... Look on youtube, its so simple. If there isn't a good jeep DIY (do it yourself) check out the subaru ones (thats what taught me) its all relatively the same. The fronts will take you for a first timer probably 15-20 min a side.

Take off the wheel. 2 bolts on both sides of the caliper. pop out the pads. Put in new pads (don't put them in on the wrong side). You may not have enough room to put the larger newer pads in so grab a Clamp to clamp the old pads to give you more room. Youtube will show you what i mean. GREASE THE BACKS.
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Unread 07-04-2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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I'm not sure where you are located, but if you are in a "moist" state or the rust belt, be prepared to replace the calipers too. Old calipers always seem to stick with new pads.
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Unread 07-04-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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I'm not sure where you are located, but if you are in a "moist" state or the rust belt, be prepared to replace the calipers too. Old calipers always seem to stick with new pads.
He has a point^
Run to the store, grab calipers, pads, rotors, some brake fluid and a buddy and do a flush
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Unread 07-04-2012, 10:19 PM   #5
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As stated, disk brakes are pretty darn simple. Drum brakes suck. Do one side at a time so you can use the other side as a reference when reassembling things.
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Unread 07-04-2012, 10:38 PM   #6
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Even if it takes you 2 hours to do one side you can still say you did it yourself. That's a good feeling. Never mind the fact that every time you do something yourself, you're saving tons of cash.

Discs are easy.

Break the lug nuts loose with tires on ground (If you're doing the left tire, before you start turn the wheel all the way to the right. This gives you more room to work.)
Jack up one side of the vehicle
Take the lug nuts all the way off
Pull the tire off
Undo the two bolts holding the caliper onto the caliper bracket
Pull out the old pads
Get a clamp and compress the calipers in so you have more room
Snap in new pads
(if you're changing rotors, pull off the rotor and put on new rotor.)
Put caliper back onto brack
Put bolts back in
Tire back on
Tighten Lugs
Done.


Drums are more of a pain, and i've never replaced mine. I just tore off the entire drum on my XJ and put discs in the rear. Much simpler.
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