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Unread 04-04-2013, 08:29 AM   #1
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Strange 2000 TJ brake issue

So about 1 1/2 years ago my right caliper locked up and caught on fire. Put the fire out let it cool down and got that caliper replaced at the dealership. Now, im not sure if im on my way to that again. Just two days ago I took my tires off to clean my brakes with brake cleaner since my brakes have been squeaking since they day they got put on and i was getting fed up with it. I noticed when i jacked the passenger side up that the tire was harder to move freely than the one on the drivers side. For the past few days on and off there is a burning smell that comes from the brakes on both sides but stronger on the right but its not all the time! Ive been looking around at all the different threads and i'm wondering if there is really a problem with my brakes? it doesnt pull to any side at all and it hasnt locked up which makes me wonder. Im still semi new to the whole jeeping thing and if im being and idiot feel free to let me know haha thanks

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Unread 04-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #2
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I think you already know the answer. You've already had a fire due to a siezed caliper piston. Do you want another one?
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Unread 04-04-2013, 09:45 AM   #3
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Having the same problem with two different calipers suggests to me that the real problem lies elsewhere. There may be something partially clogging the line that prevents the fluid pressure from returning. I would probably start with a hand-over-hand inspection of your lines (looking primarily for crushed spots in the hard lines), followed by a flush of the lines.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #4
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Replace the brake hoses that connect to the caliper and hard line. They tend to collapse occasionally after getting hot. I had the same problem last month.
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Unread 04-04-2013, 10:18 AM   #5
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I was under the impression it was the brake line as well but would it really work for over a year before going bad again if it were that? Also the side with the problem has always gotten covered with much more brake dust than the other side
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Unread 04-04-2013, 04:11 PM   #6
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Replace the brake hoses that connect to the caliper and hard line.
Why replace the hard line?...
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Unread 04-05-2013, 06:48 PM   #7
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The hard line is probably fine and doesn't need replaced, the brake hoses aren't that expensive and is more likely than not the source of the problem.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 11:50 PM   #8
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Check for any deep grooves in your steering knuckles where the pad backing plates ride. Sometimes if the grooves are deep enough, they can cause your calipers to seize and not release properly.
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Unread 04-11-2013, 04:48 AM   #9
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haven't had time to start fixing this so the jeep has just been sitting but i think i know what to do. Im looking to replace the soft brake line and caliper on the passenger side, change my brake pads, and get my rotors machined. Im hoping this will solve the issue. Is there anything i should know or and advice anyone can give me before i start? the only thing im confused about is how to keep brake fluid from leaking everywhere while changing the line but i think i read somewhere you just buy a plug for it? new to brake work haha thanks for any input
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