Family vacation next week but I'm hoping to get started on this project in the next couple weeks. We'll see what happens
Well this is what happened.... I apologize for the long story/rant
Some good and some bad. So the day before i leave for vacation all last week, my Silverado starts squealing like crazy on my way back home from work. I suspected brakes but had no time to mess with them until after vacation. Got back yesterday after a relaxing week and then today got to work. Sure enough, rear pads were wearing funny due to bad slides and pads and rotors needed to be replaced.
This is where my bad luck starts
I'v got the rear brakes torn apart on my truck and figure i'll take the jeep out to pick up parts. I get about half way to the auto parts store and come to a stop light. When i leave the stop light my jeep was sluggish and felt like it took a little more pedal to get moving. Now i'm trying to figure out whats up with my jeep. Then i start smelling what smells like burning brakes or clutch as i pull into the store and get out. Check around underneath the jeep but nothing catastrophic or anything. Get the brakes for my truck and head home. On the way as i approach a stop light it turns yellow and i had to brake relatively hard to make the stop, Jeep pulled so hard to the right it looked like i was changing lanes and i had a pretty good oh **** moment. Trying to repair the brakes on my truck and now my jeeps brakes are messed up, WTF
Got home taking it slow and being careful with the brakes, took my temp. gun and checked my brakes. Sure enough, front drivers side rotor maxed out my heat gun at something over 500*
while the rest where a mere 140*. My guess is the caliper piston froze up and started dragging at that first stop light and once it heated up i lost braking performance on the left, causing the scary pull to the right feeling. Pads and rotors are roughly 5,000 miles old as they were new when i purchased the jeep. Anyway, i'll be pulling my brakes apart on the jeep too in the next couple days. Bummed to be dumping money into brakes unexpectedly on BOTH my vehicles.
Time for the Good
I ordered a Currie Anti-rock for the front
also the brake controller and axle straps i needed to tow the jeep on the trailer.
This was ofcoarse hours before i found out my jeep's brakes had a problem too. I'll have to see what it turns out i need for the jeep when i have some time to work on it. Right now it feels like my wallet has been punched in the gut
I also was planning on making some measurements and ordering some steel for my rear bumper/crossmember this weekend but I'll wait till i investigate the jeep's current issue before spending more money.