Thursday, March 10, 2022

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How to Replace Brake Pads and Rotors on Jeep Wrangler JK

Replacing the brake pads and rotors on a car takes some time to work on.  But for Jeep enthusiasts like Dave, this is a fun project.  The video shows detail steps of how this is done on the Jeep Wrangler JK.  Here are some high level steps.

1.  Lift the Jeep up and take the tire off.

Lift the Jeep up and take the tire off.

2.  Compress the caliper piston then remove the caliper from the brake.

Compress the caliper piston then remove the caliper from the brake.


3.  Remove the caliper, and unmount the caliper bracket to prepare to install the new brake pads.

Remove the caliper

Remove caliper bracket


4.  Use a wire brush to keep the rust from the old rotor.  This helps to get the rotor off easier.

Use a wire brush to keep the rust from the old rotor


5.  Use the brake cleaner to clean the brakes.

6.  Take the guide pins from the caliper bracket.  Use a paper towel to clean the old grease off.  Check the rubber boots to make sure they are in good shape and clean them also.

Take the guide pins from the caliper bracket

Take the guide pins from the caliper bracket

7.  Use the caliper grease to the pins and the bracket hole, then slide the pin back to the hole.  Make sure the pin can move freely.  Do not over apply the grease.

Use the caliper grease to the pins and the bracket hole

Use the caliper grease to the pins and the bracket hole


8.  Take the old brake pads out.  Remove the clips also.

Take the old brake pads out.  Remove the clips also.


9.  Use a wire brush to clean the caliper bracket.  Then apply the grease to the where the clips are.

Use a wire brush to clean the caliper bracket

apply the grease to the where the clips are


10.  Change to new gloves.  Put the new clips on and put the new brake pads on.  Be careful not the let the grease to get on to the brake pads.

install new Jeep JK Brake Pads


11.  Use brake cleaner to clean the brake pads to make sure no grease is on.

12.  Get the new rotor ready.  Make sure you get the right one to the right tire.  Use the brake cleaner to clean off any grease.

Jeep JK New Rotor


13.  Put the new rotor on the tire stud.  

14.  Put the caliper bracket with the new brake pads back on.

15.  Use red threadlocker when tightening the bolt.

Installing Brake Pad on the Jeep JK


16.  Use the torque ranch to torque to the right foot lb on the bolts.

17.  Put the caliper back on over the new pads.  Put more red threadlocker to the bolts and make sure they are secured with a torque ranch.

caliper


18.  One more final bath with the brake cleaner to make sure the new rotor and brakes is free of grease. 

19.  Put the tire back on and do this for all tires!

put the tire back on to the Jeep


20.  Pump up the brake paddle to pump gas out from the caliper to make sure it's firm.

21.  Follow instruction to perform break in procedure on the new brake pads.

22.  All done!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

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How to install Jeep JK Brawlee Lift Gate LED Light Bar

When we take the Jeep to visit places, it is helpful to have more light at the Lift Gate.  One easy solution is to install the Brawlee Lift Gate LED Light Bar.  Easy to install and it works great.  


First, clean the bracket where the Light Bar goes to with paper towel and provided alcohol wipe.


Then, stick the light bar to the rear lift gate bracket.


Next is to take care of the wiring.  Use the provided brackets, line the wire along the side of the rear gate.



Organize the wire using the wire holder provided.


Continue organizing the wire into proper place.


Connect the light switch connector.




Use the remote light control to set the desire lighting.



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Take a look at this video to see how Dave did it!