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Unread 04-26-2004, 02:30 PM   #1
pharmgirl
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Replacing Front Brakes

Hey Guys,

I am new here. I was wondering if anyone had a link to or could explain to me how to replace the front brake rotors and pads on a Jeep Liberty 2002. The dealer wants 500 to do it just to put the same rotors and brakes....the ones that warped at 24,000 miles!!! So I would like to replace them...any suggestions? I found powerslot rotors and hawk brake pads on tirerack.com. Has anyone had any experience with these or better ones? If so, did you get them from tirerack.com?


Thanks for your help.
Tara

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Unread 04-28-2004, 02:48 PM   #2
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Hey Guys,

I am new here. I was wondering if anyone had a link to or could explain to me how to replace the front brake rotors and pads on a Jeep Liberty 2002. The dealer wants 500 to do it just to put the same rotors and brakes....the ones that warped at 24,000 miles!!! So I would like to replace them...any suggestions? I found powerslot rotors and hawk brake pads on tirerack.com. Has anyone had any experience with these or better ones? If so, did you get them from tirerack.com?


Thanks for your help.
Tara
I haven't replaced them on the Liberty but I've never found any difference in the process on any car I've worked on. As long as you have the right tools, if you've done it before on any other vehicle you can do it on this one. If you've never done it before, you just need to:

1. Jack up the Jeep
2. Remove wheel
3. Loosen the bolts that mount the caliper on the back (and I've seen all types on different vehicles, either hex, allen, or torx heads)
4. Once you've got a little play from the bolts being loose, stick a flat head screwdriver in the gap between the backside of the rotor and the inside pad (piston side) and push the screwdriver so the piston goes all the way back into the caliper. This will probably take a little might so dont use a small flimsy screwdriver - use something longer and beefy for leverage, or even a prybar. Normally you would have to be very careful not to damage the rotor, but since you're replacing yours anyway...
5. When that's done, fully remove the caliper
6. Pull the rotor off (might have to give it a whack with a hammer)
7. Put new rotor on
8. Remove old pads and put new pads on caliper (most likely just clip on)
9. Reinstall caliper
10. Reinstall wheel
11. Do other side.

Powerslot and Hawk is a great combo, but I've seen cheaper prices than Tirerack (at least for a Wrangler) via google search. You might want to check on that just to make sure you're getting a good deal.
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Unread 04-30-2004, 08:24 AM   #3
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Try this.

http://www.diynet.com/diy/ab_brakes/..._13682,00.html

Also, you might try to argue with your dealer about warranty. Point out that jeeps as a whole have had probs with rotors warping and there have been recalls on both the Grand and the Cherokee for this problem. Rotors shouldn't warp with just 24,000 on them unless you've been towing and braking hard coming down hills.
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