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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 03:07 PM
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Like I said, I don't have a record of if the brakes were ever replaced before then. All I can guess is they weren't, and same goes for the tires as there are developing cracks along where the tread and sidewalls meet, so those are definitely going to get replaced this year. What I plan on replacing them with I have not decided. I'm looking at either the BFG KO2s, or the Cooper A/TWs, but there are other possiblities.



I'm not bothered by the brakes though as wear and tear items are going to happen at some point (They'll also come out of my expense fund, which is funded from all the driving I do for work). I'm looking to order new wiper blades, filters, and even diff fluid, so if the brakes need to be done, I'll tack those on when I order parts from mopar.



That being said, Len, would you recommend just getting new OEM pads and rotors, or would you suggest something different? I do recall some folks here talking about some better than OEM pads and rotors, so I'm curious whats your take on it.


I personally have powerstop slotted and cross drilled rotors with there pads. However, if you don't tow or have a very heavy Cherokee like mine I don't recommend them.

Powerstop does make an OEM replacement kit KOE6541. Amazon has it for 221$. But that's if you have the tow package. KOE6539 which costs 238$ if you don't have the tow package.

I've got nearly 10k miles on my powerstop kit and they've been wonderful. Dealer quoted me 1100$ to do a complete brake job.


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I personally have powerstop slotted and cross drilled rotors with there pads. However, if you don't tow or have a very heavy Cherokee like mine I don't recommend them.

Powerstop does make an OEM replacement kit KOE6541. Amazon has it for 221$. But that's if you have the tow package. KOE6539 which costs 238$ if you don't have the tow package.

I've got nearly 10k miles on my powerstop kit and they've been wonderful. Dealer quoted me 1100$ to do a complete brake job.


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Yeah, after I made my post, I looked around, and PowerStop came up (also saw your thread on replacing your brakes), and got interested. I do have the tow package, but I don't do a lot of towing, if at all right now. The OEM replacement kit would certainly suffice, and especially at that price. I'll do some more digging, and see what I can find out. Appreciate the advice, Len.

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So, I wanted to bump this thread to give an update.

A few weeks ago, I replaced the rear rotors, which took a lot longer than I had hoped, but no matter, they got done. I was about to do the fronts, but I did not have at the time the correct size Torx bolt for the front (the E20). And then I find out that it's technically a one-time use bolt, so just last week I ordered four new bolts for the front. This past weekend, I finally got around to replacing the fronts, which went very smooth. Was done in a little over an hour.

So that squeak I was talking about? Well, upon first impressions, the noise was gone, which made me quite happy. Now, fast forward two days later, and it's back again, and I am at a loss of words of what I can do to alleviate the noise, because that is ****ing annoying. And inerestingly enough, it appears to get louder when the brakes are getting warmer.

Now, perhaps this is all part of that break-in period, but I don't ever recall brakes having squeak noises (not even under braking mind you. even coasting at lower speeds) when breaking them in.

I suppose another possible explanation is the caliper itself, maybe because it's resting up against the back of the pads. I made sure to grease up the back of the pads (both front and rear), as well as grease up the slots the pads sit in, but this is still occurring.

I had considered the possibility it was the rear transaxle, but the noise was gone completely, and now it's back, so I'm almost positive that's not the issue.

I suspect it might actually be the caliper itself, but I have no way of knowing for sure, and I'm not about to pony up and get new calipers in the hope that it fixes it. As I've said before, it's probably something simple going on. Still, aggravating to say the least.

On the bright side, I have new brakes and rotors, so I have that going for me which is nice.
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So, I wanted to bump this thread to give an update.



A few weeks ago, I replaced the rear rotors, which took a lot longer than I had hoped, but no matter, they got done. I was about to do the fronts, but I did not have at the time the correct size Torx bolt for the front (the E20). And then I find out that it's technically a one-time use bolt, so just last week I ordered four new bolts for the front. This past weekend, I finally got around to replacing the fronts, which went very smooth. Was done in a little over an hour.



So that squeak I was talking about? Well, upon first impressions, the noise was gone, which made me quite happy. Now, fast forward two days later, and it's back again, and I am at a loss of words of what I can do to alleviate the noise, because that is ****ing annoying. And inerestingly enough, it appears to get louder when the brakes are getting warmer.



Now, perhaps this is all part of that break-in period, but I don't ever recall brakes having squeak noises (not even under braking mind you. even coasting at lower speeds) when breaking them in.



I suppose another possible explanation is the caliper itself, maybe because it's resting up against the back of the pads. I made sure to grease up the back of the pads (both front and rear), as well as grease up the slots the pads sit in, but this is still occurring.



I had considered the possibility it was the rear transaxle, but the noise was gone completely, and now it's back, so I'm almost positive that's not the issue.



I suspect it might actually be the caliper itself, but I have no way of knowing for sure, and I'm not about to pony up and get new calipers in the hope that it fixes it. As I've said before, it's probably something simple going on. Still, aggravating to say the least.



On the bright side, I have new brakes and rotors, so I have that going for me which is nice.


Maybe it's a wheel bearing going out. Wouldn't be the first time.


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Maybe it's a wheel bearing going out. Wouldn't be the first time.


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I suppose anything is possible, although from what I gather, usually you can tell if the wheel bearings are going if you notice some play in the wheel itself (at least in my experience), or you hear a very pronounced sound that gets louder and worse as you go faster. I don't have that.

Another potential option is I reapply some grease on the back of the pads, and see if that does it. I'm now starting to wonder if that was the problem all along. Like I said, I did apply some grease on the back of the pads, but maybe it wasn't enough, and/or I should try a different type. I'll keep investigating though.

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