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How do i replace the brakes on my 1998 jeep cherokee?

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how do i replace the brakes on my 1998 jeep cherokee?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  Daryl replied 5 years ago.

 

 

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
FRONT BRAKE CALIPER & BRAKE PADS

Removal
1. Drain about half of brake fluid from master cylinder reservoir. Raise and support vehicle. Remove front wheels.
2. For all models except 1999 Grand Cherokee, place "C" clamp on caliper. Solid end of clamp should contact back of caliper. Screw end should contact metal part of outboard pad. Tighten "C" clamp until piston is forced to bottom of bore. Do not allow "C" clamp screw to bear directly on outboard shoe retainer spring. If necessary, use wood or metal spacer between pad and "C" clamp screw. For 1999 Grand Cherokee, bottom caliper pistons by prying caliper over with screwdriver. Remove caliper support spring by prying spring out of caliper.
3. Remove caliper mounting pins. Lift caliper off rotor and anchor plate. Brake pads will remain attached to caliper. If caliper is being removed to gain access to other components, suspend caliper with wire from suspension. DO NOT allow brake hose to support caliper.
4. Press one end of outboard pad inward to disengage pad lug, and rotate shoe outward until retainer spring clears caliper. Press opposite end of pad inward to disengage opposite pad lug, and rotate pad up and out of caliper. To remove inboard pad, grasp ends of pad and tilt pad outward to release springs from caliper piston. Remove pad from piston.
5. Disconnect brakeline at caliper. Plug caliper and hose openings to prevent contamination. Remove caliper from vehicle.

 

Installation

1. To install, reverse removal procedure. Apply a light coat of multipurpose grease to caliper sliding surfaces. Lubricate caliper mounting pins and bushings with silicone grease.
2. Tighten caliper mounting pins. Add brake fluid to reservoir. Apply brakes until brake pedal is firm. Check brake fluid level.
rotor to hub. Remove rotor from hub. To install, reverse removal procedure. See

 

REAR BRAKE CALIPER & BRAKE PADS -

Removal ---
1. Raise and support rear of vehicle. Remove rear wheels. For all models except 1999 Grand Cherokee, place "C" clamp on caliper. Solid end of clamp should contact back of caliper. Screw end should contact metal part of outboard pad. Tighten "C" clamp until piston is forced to bottom of bore. For 1999 Grand Cherokee, bottom caliper pistons by prying caliper over with screwdriver. Remove caliper support spring by prying spring out of caliper.
2. Remove caliper mounting bolts. Rotate caliper rearward and remove from rotor. Press one corner of outboard pad inward. Pry pad upward and rotate out of caliper. Press inboard pad outward until retainers are free of caliper piston. Remove pad from caliper.
3. Support caliper with wire from available suspension component. Clean caliper with shop towels. DO NOT use compressed air to clean caliper. Caliper dust seals may be unseated and dirt forced into caliper piston bore. If fluid is leaking past piston seal and dust boot, caliper must be overhauled.

Installation
1. To install, reverse removal procedure. Apply a light coat of multipurpose grease to caliper sliding surfaces. Lubricate caliper mounting pins and bushings with silicone grease.
2. Install caliper mounting bolts. Apply brakes until brake pedal is firm. Check brake fluid level.

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