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post #1 of 17 Old 03-17-2010, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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My jeep is smoking!!

Well when i got home to day from my GF house i pulled in my driveway and smelled a burning smell and got out and smoke was pooring from my passeger side front tire, not from the tire itself but from the brake area. Now im thinking my caliper locked up, because i have been noticing a pull to the right, but i thought it needed alineed, but with this happening i think it was my brake caliper slow going to hell. Whats your thoughts??


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post #2 of 17 Old 03-17-2010, 02:01 PM
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Time for new brakes,rotors and calipers.
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^^ the funny thing is, i finally got a weekend off so iwas doing my brakes on Saturday, i have the parts in my back seet, although i only planned on doing pads and shoes, damn!!

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^^ the funny thing is, i finally got a weekend off so iwas doing my brakes on Saturday, i have the parts in my back seet, although i only planned on doing pads and shoes, damn!!
Mine did the same thing. I replaced both calipers for about 40 bucks if I remember correctly. Depending on how far you had to drive it like that you might not have to replace the rotors...just have to take a look!
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^^^ were those calipers new or junkyard parts???

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post #6 of 17 Old 03-17-2010, 02:21 PM
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the jeep calipers go bad frequently. if it got hot enough to smoke you'll have to have the rotor turned or replaced. should be a quick job either way
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post #7 of 17 Old 03-17-2010, 02:23 PM
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sounds like a frozen caliper. i'd personally replace both sides if thats the case. better safe than sorry. i mean hell i'm a cheap penny pincher like the rest of us, but i am never cheap on safety stuff. as far as the alignment goes, it might be a good idea too. having your vehicle properly aligned promotes even tire war for increased life also gives better handling fro improved safety. and better yet find someplace that offers lifetime alignments so you can go in anytime you smack a wheel into something too hard or it just doesnt feel right or suddenly your steering wheel is off center. also having your alignment checked regularly will help spot bad front end components. worn joints, bushing, etc can cause a vehicle to be unable to hold an alignment or sometimes even be aligned. best to spot problems early when they are cheaper to fix.

i often see coupons for free alignment checks from some of the major chain shops, so heck you can get it looked at for free even sometimes.
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the bad part about this is my machanic lives 1/2 hr. away, do you think it would be okay to drive there? Maybe i could make frequent stops to let it cool down? And BTW i drove 15 min. before i got home and noticed the smoke

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the bad part about this is my machanic lives 1/2 hr. away, do you think it would be okay to drive there? Maybe i could make frequent stops to let it cool down? And BTW i drove 15 min. before i got home and noticed the smoke
no... not safe. it could catch fire or pull you off the road or lock up all together and not roll if you heat the bearing up enough that it fails. its an wasy 30 minute fix with hand tools and a jack. you can do it yourself with a buddy to help bleed the brakes.
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the bad part about this is my machanic lives 1/2 hr. away, do you think it would be okay to drive there? Maybe i could make frequent stops to let it cool down? And BTW i drove 15 min. before i got home and noticed the smoke
DIY,it's very easy to do.
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You should do it yourself. With two people(brake bleeding), changing rotors, calipers, pads shouldn't take more than 30-40 mins per side even if you've never done it before. I'm not very mechanically inclined but I changed into EBC yellows and centric rotors for the first time months ago and was worth doing it myself. Much money saved i'd say.
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Working with cars is a little like a really awesome date: you start out expecting this to be something simple and straightforward; four hours later you're laying under her, panting and cursing, and things are a lot more complicated than you thought.

When my Jeep stops making strange noises, I become concerned. That usually means I have to go back and find whatever fell off.
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post #14 of 17 Old 03-17-2010, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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when i said machanic, i ment my GF's dad, me and him always work on my jeep together. Then again i think he has a trailer, so maybe he can tow it for me

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So, you're gf dad helps you wrench on your jeep all time and lives 30 minutes away. You want him to load up a trailer and haul your Jeep to his house to do a brake job.

Why don't you just ask him to come over and help you do the brake job in your driveway?

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