my brakes were completely shot, couldn't drive the Jeep anywhere, i did contact Kolak to see his prices, but they were more than i wanted to spend at the moment, so i went to rockauto.com and picked up Wagner Thermo pads (f/r), front Centric rotors and a new radiator cap for $173 shipped.
this was my first time doing pads and rotors. i followed a write-up on here which helped a lot. once i did one side, the other was a lot easier.
old rotor and pads
the rotor was really stuck even after beating on it with a mini sledge, so i came on JF to see if anyone else had that problem, and it seems pretty common. i read to just keep on beating on it and it WILL come loose. that's what motivated me and after of about 20 minutes more it finally came loose.
once i did the other side (passenger) i ran into a problem. one of the caliper bracket pins wouldn't come out. i tried lubing it up, i used pb blaster, i beat it with a sledge...never budged. i was limited on time, so i decided to buy a new bracket and sliding pins since they were cheap at autozone. they had the caliper bracket in stock but not the pins and rubber boots. i checked 2 more AZ's and 2 advance auto parts and no one had them. so i had to bolt everything back up and the jeep sat for about a week until my pins and rubber boots came in.
pic of the old bracket w/ stuck pin
reman. bracket from AZ
all ready for a test drive
i've read that people get squealing, smoke and smells during their break-in period, but all i had was a whining noise the first 10 miles. drove it to work today for the first time with the brakes and they seem fine. and i'm happy i driving it a lot.
next thing i will be doing is get my overheating problem fixed. i'm going to be taking it to a radiator shop that uses some chemical they dip the radiator in to really clean it. friend recommended it. if that doesn't work i'll have to get a new or used radiator. also had a slow tire leak when the wj was sitting, right now the tire is at discount tire, and i have a 245/70 spare i picked up, on it now.