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Unread 09-22-2002, 03:45 PM   #1
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Scary Brakes

While I was driving today. My streering suddenly wanted to keep pulling to the left. when i went to stop the brake pedal was solid and wouldn't move further than a few inches. And there was very little braking power. when I finally stopped, the front driver hub was smoking. When I finally made it home, and turned the wheel to full lock, there was a loud snap. Now I'm a afraid to move it an inch!

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Unread 09-22-2002, 05:53 PM   #2
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Sounds like the hub bearings went out...I had this happen to my 79 CJ. It's not real expensive to fix - around here (Socal) you can pick up a whole hub assy with bearings and seal for about $60...Plan to spend an additional $75 if the spindle is toast though!
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Unread 09-22-2002, 07:56 PM   #3
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Front disks? Might check the caliper. It's possable that it is hanging causing the brake pads to drag. You will still want to repack the wheel and spinddle bearings.
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Unread 09-23-2002, 07:43 PM   #4
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do you believe this

Thanks for the help.
Anyway. I took my jeep to the garage today to have them check my hub. they said I must have what they call a lazy piston in my brakes. they told me they could find no problems and even took it for a ride. As soon as I left the lot it started to pull to the left. I grabbed the mechanic and had him hop in for a ride around the block. He said " oh that! All CJs, do that" BULL SHEIT!! He said that could be fixed with an alignment and to me to come back later. I come back pay hit the road and the same thing happens. His excuse " My machine can't align modified vehicles. Only stock!

Am I wrong, or is he feeding me a pile?

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Unread 09-23-2002, 08:11 PM   #5
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While the pulling could be caused by alignment, the smoking hub couldn't. Disassembleand inspect the pistons, caliper the and the caliper mount. If you find that the brakes are to blame, you might need to turn the rotor to true it. I would still do the hub and spindle(bearing) pack to insure the grease hasn't melted out of the bearings, or the bearing(s) went south(A L A Old Jeep guy). As for your mechanic, It sounds like he doesn't wont to work on it. It may be because of the mods, since liability is such an issue.
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Unread 09-23-2002, 08:53 PM   #6
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thanks jeepdaddy2000. looks like I have a another fun weekend ahead of me. lol
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Unread 09-23-2002, 09:41 PM   #7
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Diggy, find a new shop! Sounds like a lazy mechanic to me. My local shop jumped right on my Jeep, replaced bearings and did the alignment, no probs!

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