How to Change Brake Pads and Rotors on Jeep Wrangler

If you own a Jeep Wrangler, then you know how much of a pain it can be to change brake pads and rotors. But don’t worry, we will take you through the process step-by-step so that by the end of this blog post, we’ll have your brakes looking new!

How to Change Brake Pads and Rotors on Jeep Wrangler – Step by step guide

Step One

You will need to jack up the Jeep and put it on some sturdy wood blocks so that you can remove the tires. Once removed, make sure to use a rubber mallet or wedge in order to break all of the lug nuts loose so that they are free from their holders on either side.

Once loosened, simply pull them out with your hands in order to get rid of them.

Step Two

Next, take off any wheel coverings if there were any such as hub caps. Ensure nothing is obstructing how you want your tire exposed by removing anything around it such as rocks or other debris that might be throwing off alignment during driving and causing wear-and-tear on your brake pads and rotors.

Step Three

How to Change Brake Pads and Rotors on Jeep Wrangler1The next step is to remove the brake caliper by pulling back on the metal tab located at either end of it and then sliding it out from its mounting bracket. Once you have done this, set it aside and take off any bolts that are holding your rotor in place with a ratchet or wrench.

Then, pull off the old rotors using pliers for extra grip so if they’re stuck due to how much rust there is; once removed, replace them with new ones (you will need two) before continuing onto Step Four below!

Step Four

Now, take out the old brake pads. To do this, you will need to use a screwdriver or wrench in order to loosen up your caliper and then slide it off of its bracket so that you can pull back on the metal lever located at either end of the assembly; once loosened enough, simply push forward until both parts are removed from one another.

Step Five

How to Change Brake Pads and Rotors on Jeep Wrangler2Take the new brake pads and put them into place, making sure to properly align how they go back together; you will need a screwdriver or wrench in order to tighten up your caliper so that it has enough friction on the surface of whatever material is being used for your brake pads. Then take off any bolts holding on the rotor with a ratchet or wrench before repeating Step Four above.

Now you can replace both parts! You’re ready for Step Six below!

Step Six

How to Change Brake Pads and Rotors on Jeep Wrangler4Re-attach your brake caliper by plugging the metal tab into its bracket and then sliding it in place.

Finally, attach any wheel coverings if you had to remove them for any reason before completing Step One again. And voila! You’re ready to go on your merry way with new brakes that are well taken care of courtesy of how easy this process is when you know how to do it!

Next, lower down your Jeep to the ground and tighten your lug nuts with a ratchet or wrench.

Then, put back on their tires before driving it around for a short period of time to ensure everything is working how it should be!

Step Seven

The final step is to clean up your mess! Make sure everything is back in its proper place and put away any tools that you may have used such as screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.

Also read our comprehensive guide on how often to change brake pads to stay informed about regular vehicle maintenance and ensure your safety on the road. Don’t forget how good it feels to take care of things on your own sometimes.

Final words

Now try driving around for a bit before feeling how much better the brakes feel now that they’re free of rust or other debris that was getting caught into them during everyday use. You’ve done what many people would never think about doing themselves and should be proud of how much you did for your Jeep Wrangler!

About the author

Andy Shane

My name is Andy Shane, and I like to spend my free time conquering the most difficult off-road tracks. Off-road vehicles fascinate me more than any other vehicles types. Surely, there are not so many people who would share the passion for getting out of all possible muds and wilderness in their Jeeps, but those who do will find lots of interesting information in my blog.

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