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post #1 of 11 Old 04-24-2013, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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possible stuck caliper? pulls hard left when braking

Title says it, my WJ recently got a 6.5 IRO critical path lift, and it now pulls hard left when I brake. It is aligned good, and everything is tight. When I apply the brakes, the harder I press, the harder it pulls left. It had this problem very slightly before but the lift and heavier tires must've amplified it, or it's something in the lift... I greased the caliper bolts, and it seems to have helped slightly, but it is still there. Does anyone else have brake steer or this type of problem due to the IRO long arm setup?
Anyways, main question, is does this sound like a seized caliper? it also pull to the right a little bit when I'm driving, enough to have to keep the steering wheel turned a bit while driving down the road. Any help? caliper seized? bad bushing somewhere? thanks guys


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post #2 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 12:30 AM
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If you can find a parking garage to through it slowly with your windows down to listen for any grinding sounds, especially if it sounds like a caliper is stuck.

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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no grinding sounds... I've been doing pretty much just that listening for anything clunking in the new lift etc. I can also freely spin both rotors, although one is a little harder than the other

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 09:52 AM
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If that brake is on enough to make you pull it will be good and hot. You won't have to touch anything to know, just get close.
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 02:30 PM
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I had the same problem with our "02" after new brakes all around. Found Passenger side caliper just hiccuped when it felt like it !
After working on cars for 50 years, when the Jeep wants to mess with you, you learn to roll with it.

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post #6 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 02:47 PM
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When its pulling hard, put it in park, get out and feel your wheels. I assume one of them will be hott as hell. Recently, my drivers side was so hot i'd swear i could cook an egg on her... Lift, bigger tires, heavier wheels and mud do not help your calipers.

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post #7 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 02:52 PM
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this happen to me on the front left I felt more load on the engine and it not getting to speed as fast. Then started smelling brakes. thought it was another car got off the main highway and then saw smoke coming from my front wheel. I now have akebonos up front
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 02:54 PM
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Heat is a great indicator of a stuck caliper, you might also try pulling the abs controler fuse to see if a messed up wheel sensor is unapplying the right side brakes. Free to check..

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Alright awesome guys thanks. It was way better this morning, after greasing the pins. Gonna tear down and clean my brakes, and bleed them tonight. Hopefully that solves it otherwise new caliper time

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-26-2013, 08:07 AM
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Sometimes a caliper rebuild is needed. I did this a year ago and it's like having new brakes. Stupid pistons.
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post #11 of 11 Old 04-26-2013, 09:21 AM
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Good habit whenever you do pads is to push the piston almost all the way out in the caliper and clean the boots and pins real good.

They get a lot of dust and dirt buildup around pistons and can cause sticking.

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