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Your brake system on your Jeep Wrangler is an essential element of safety for your drive, whether you are out in the back roads or on the civilized payment. Brakes will need to be replaced anywhere from
35,000 to 65,000 miles, depending on the type of brake pads and rotors on the vehicle and on the type of driving you to do. Calm drivers who look ahead and avoid slamming on the brakes can coax an extra few
thousand miles out of brakes. A brake pad replacement is not super complicated, and the more you do it the easier it will get.
The essential steps are as follows:
• Wear some safety equipment such as thick gloves, and goggles
• Remove the wheel.
• Raise the car safely so you can work beneath it.
• Detach the bolts and caliper.
• Unfasten and remove the old brake pads.
• Install the brake hardware and then the pads.
To complete the job you will need to re-install the caliper and check the brake fluid level. For the work, you will need the pads, brake fluid and cleaner, tools and a torque wrench and a spreader set for disc brakes,
which you can borrow from your neighborhood auto parts store.
How To Replace Rotors?
Usually, about every second time you replace brake pads you will also need to install new rotors. The process of how to replace brake pads and rotors is just a little more complicated. In this scenario, after
you have removed the brake pads then it is time to also remove the rotors. A brake caliper and caliper bracket will need to be removed first, and this will enable access to the rotor. When taking off the rotor,
it’s a good idea to check for uneven wear or rust. You might need a rust penetrant or a mallet to get the rotors loose.
The hub surface of the rotor will need to be cleaned of all debris to eliminate the possibility
of pedal pulsation. This can be done with a wire brush. At this point, you can install the new rotor. As with any DIY job, it’s important to exercise caution and check your work. Once the car is lowered to the ground again, pump the brakes gently to feel for firmness. This gets the brake fluid flowing again. It is a good idea to check the brake fluid reservoir to make sure it is full.
Finally, go for a safe drive and gently test the brakes about three or four times. If all checks out, the brakes should be ready for daily
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How To Save Money?
By doing the brakes yourself, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in labor. If new rotors are needed you will save even more. You will be able to find an assortment of pads and rotors that fit your Jeep Wrangler or whatever vehicle you drive. A VIN lookup is the surest way to make sure the parts and hardware fit your year, make and model of car or truck. Your neighborhood auto store is a great place to find deals and to get advice from the people behind the counter.