Brakes are an integral part of any vehicle. If your brakes aren’t working properly, you could be involved in a crash that puts you and others at risk. The good news is brake pads, calipers, and rotors are available for purchase online and at local auto parts stores so you can replace them yourself. Doing the job right means taking your time to find the right parts for your Jeep Wrangler, reading how-to guides on how to install these components correctly, and following all safety precautions during this process.
Brake pads, calipers, and rotors are essential parts of your Jeep Wrangler that you should take care of to ensure safe driving. If any brake components need replacing, it’s important to know how to do so in order to save time and money. You will need a socket wrench set with a ratchet handle, a c-clamp for the caliper piston rod (optional), an open-end or box end wrench for brake line fittings (if needed), and some replacement rubber brake pads. This article will walk you through how to replace the brakes on your Jeep Wrangler!
How to Replace Brake Pads, Calipers, and Rotors on your Jeep Wrangler – Steps
1. Park your Jeep Wrangler on level ground, preferably with the parking brake engaged.
2. Remove the wheel from the brake assembly using an 18mm wrench to loosen the lug nuts and then remove them with a 10mm socket.
3. Use an 18mm wrench to loosen both caliper bolts, one at a time, and then use a 17mm wrench to loosen the two bolts attaching each caliper bracket to its corresponding steering knuckle. Use a c-clamp to hold the caliper piston rod when removing or installing brake pads on your Jeep Wrangler so you don’t damage it. Remove the brake caliper from the bracket.
4. Disconnect all four brake hoses by pulling them off of their respective fittings (two per side) so that you can access the back of each rotor for removal.
5. Use an 18 mm wrench to loosen bolts around the rotor until loose by turning counterclockwise until they are loose. Take out any old rotors and replace them with new ones before putting everything back together again in reverse order.
Tighten the caliper bolts in a cross pattern to avoid warping brake pads. Use an 18mm wrench on one bolt, then repeat with the other bolt and so forth.
If you have trouble removing your Jeep Wrangler’s rotor because it is rusted or stuck tight, use penetrating oil to loosen them up first before attempting to remove any more parts of the braking system.
When installing new rotors, be sure they are properly centered over each wheel hub by using a straight edge as a guide for how far apart they should be from one another at both front and rear ends. If not aligned correctly, this can cause damage when driving down the road! After aligning rotors correctly (or replacing them with new ones), use an 18mm wrench to tighten both bolts on the brake pads before reinstalling the caliper.
After tightening all four brake hoses onto their respective fittings, replace any rusted or damaged rubber hose clamps that are attached to each fitting using a crescent wrench.
Once you have finished installing new brakes for your Jeep Wrangler, test how well they work by driving it around slowly and pushing down on its brakes in order to make sure everything is working properly! Repeat this process until you’re confident that your vehicle’s braking system is safe again.