how do i replace the front brake pads on a 2005 jeep grand cherokee laredo?
2005 Jeep Laredo V6
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Is there another way to safely drain the brake fluid without a "clean suction gun"?
Yes. You can just remove some with a paper towel if needed. If the reservoir is not full you may not need to remove any. When compressing the caliper it pushes the fluid back into the master cylinder so if it is a little low you will be ok.
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Is this procedure the same for the rear brakes?
It is very similar.....
REAR DISC BRAKE PADS REMOVAL
I can still feel a shudder in the brake pedal, should I also replace the front rotors? If so, are there any special tools or instructions that I'll need?
You will have to either replace the rotors or have them machined on a lathe (if they have enough material). If you did the pads it is almost the same as doing the pads there are just two bolts that hold on the caliper bracket. After the caliper bracket is removed the rotor will come off. It may be a little rusty and have to tap the center of the rotor to free it up.
You said, "After the caliper bracket is removed the rotor will come off."However, It looks like the large lug in the center of the rotor is holding it on. Could that be possible? I've soaked this rotor with penetrating foam cleaner and wrestled with it for hours. Am I missing something?
No the nut does not need to be removed. You will need to hit it with a hammer towards the center to free it up.