Having an odd headache. About 2 weeks ago after driving 180 miles on the way back for a work function my jeep felt weird. When I slowed down coming off interstate it felt like a warped rotor when applyong the brakes. Then it was felt even when not hitting the brakes. Got home and drivers front rim was hot.
Was gonna bring to shop but never acted up again. Thought brakes were sticking and then solved themselves, trash or something.
Today, drove 100 miles pulling my trailer and not a problem the way there. On the way back on interstate no problem. I stop to get extra ice for fish and when I leave I hit my brakes going up a bridge and it does it again. This time so bad it felt like my truck was bogging down and you could feel it severely in the steering wheel. House was right around the corner and naturally wheel was hot.
Cleaned fish and went for a drive and now no problem again.
2008 Sport Liberty
Cold air intake*Trush (magnaflow) turbo muffler* Hypertech power program*
Hood Prop mod. Battery Quick Release mod.
Resonator removed (sounds like a V8 on start up)
not sure....but mine were kinda sticky and I checked them and the rears were thin...but not the fronts. I bought it used and am still baffled. The brake swap helped but didn't fix the stickiness. Just one of those jeep quirks i guess.
Brakes shouldnt stick, regardless of make. To the OP, some brake calipers, when they age, and especially when the brake fluid starts to get contaminated due to moisture, and they get warmed up. Typically I see it with phenolic piston calipers. Probably going to need to replace the pads, and caliper(s), and address the rotors as needed. Then, get the brakes flushed, not just bled.
My brake calipers are having the inverse problem. Sticking, but sticking open. Basically, the front brakes do very little work. This is actually a good thing in the short term as the pads and rotors are getting very worn after nearly 4 years of driving. I just had the rear pads and drums replaced before Christmas and they noticed them then.
When I spoke with the Chrysler tech about it he noted that they have had alot of front caliper sticking problems due to corrosion. (I live in Buffalo NY, they salt the roads in the winter here. It's murder on undercarriage parts.) Apparently the calipers don't have enough corrosion protection and are prone to corroding and sticking. I guess they have been just automatically replacing the front calipers on all the 3 yr lease returns since the 2008 models came out. Dunno if the problem is solved in later models.
So I'll be having my calipers, pads and rotors replaced fairly soon. About $500 USD. Ugh.
I have a 2009 Cherokee. (Liberty) for some odd reason on two occasions when I have revered up a hill. When I go into drive. The brakes on all fonts wheels lock. More recently they are starting to apply on journeys.if I don't stop. There is smoke from the front wheels. On all occasions it clears itself after about 40min uses. Then I can drive again. Any ideas?
Had this problem manifest yesterday. Driving back to work I started feeling an intense clunk, clunk, clunk on the steering wheel and felt/heard grabbing on the front end when starting from a dead stop, as well as feeling the Jeep pull to the right on hard braking. Soon enough, the smell of burnt brake, and eventually smoke by the time I could get it to the garage. I thought I was going to pull the wheel and find my calipers mended into the rotor but still had some meat left on the pads and no scoring on the rotors. I'm assuming the piston on the caliper is getting stuck, so I ordered a new caliper and pads and will install when they arrive, and probably flush the brake fluid for good measure. I'll follow up on the results...
So I guess it was the piston/caliper... I replaced both front rotors, pads, and the driver's side front caliper and haven't had any issues thus far. $200 for parts and did the labor myself. Still sucky but I can't complain for only $200.
Has anyone taken the caliper apart (removed piston) and cleaned them with any success?
You can but unless you know what you are doing you could ruin the caliper and or piston. Of course if rebuilding I would never reuse the old piston etc anyways Just as cheap in the long run to buy a rebuilt
04 Liberty, Kilimanjaro Edition, Rock Lizard RockRails/Roof Rack/Front-Rear bumper,32 inch Goodyear Duratracs,Moabs,4.10s/ 4.25 inch JBA Coilover lift /other goodies