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Brake troubles. I have a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Limited, 4 litre petrol, 80,000 miles. Every 2 or 3 months the front brakes bind to the extent that they overheat and smoke. The problem then seems to go away overnight. In January, my local garage charged me £400 to clean out the front calipers and replace the brake discs and flexible hoses but, clearly, this hasn't worked. As both front brakes are always affected, I tend to think it must be an ABS or hydraulic problem. No warning light is lit on the dashboard. Any ideas?

My Haynes repair manual states that any repair to the ABS or hydraulics should be done by a dealer service department. Knowing what my local dealer charges, I fear that the repair would cost more than the vehicle is worth. Do you think that a general 4x4 garage should be able to diagnose and fix the problem?

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Stuart Broughton
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Jeep
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Jeep Mechanic: Thomas, Mechanic replied 8 years ago
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Hi my name is XXXXX XXXXX should have replaced the front calipers not just clean them. Calipers are a common cause for the brakes to stick. They are also allot cheaper that messing with the ABS system. Just have someone replace both front calipers first and I think it will solve your problem.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Thanks Thomas for your answer. I'm concerned that every time it happens both front brakes are affected. Surely if it were caliper trouble one brake might bind but not necessarily the other?
Jeep Mechanic: Thomas, Mechanic replied 8 years ago
I see what your are saying that is odd but they are not very expensive and since you have no ABS light on. I would start their and hope for the best. If the ABS unit has a sticking valve causing the concern it should cause the light to come on.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Thanks. Any chance of a second opinion on this?
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