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99 Cherokee Limited brake system dilemma


 
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kmorton
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 2:40 am    Post subject: 99 Cherokee Limited brake system dilemma Reply with quote

Help!!!! I recently replaced the front brake pads on my Jeep and had to crack the bleeders to install them and in the process air entered the brake lines. I have tried bleeding the lines to no avail and finally had someone else try as well. I have now been told that the equalizer could be bad due to the air entering the lines, which in turn is causing the system to not hold pressure. What is an eqaulizer and where is it located? Also, can this be why I can not seem to bleed the lines so that they will hold pressure? Any advice on this is extremely appreciated since this has been an ongoing problem for about 3 months.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why did you need to open the bleeders to change the pads? Are you gravity bleeding or force bleeding? Are you driving the Jeep, is there any pedal at all?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The C-clamp that I had would not work so the bleeder valves had to be opened so I could replace the pads. I tried several times to force bleed them to no avail. I have driven the Jeep several times since I changed the pads, but my brake light remains on, and sometimes there is no pedal and then at times there is a small amount (usually after an unsuccessful try at bleeding again).
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Calipers have all kinds of crevices that can trap air, so you should do a gravity bleed. Start on the passenger side and remove the caliper from the bracket, then hold the caliper so that the flex hose is going up hill and the bleeder screw is at the top. Open the bleeder and tap the caliper with a rubber mallet a few times to knock any air loose. Then do a normal bleed on that side.

Repeat the procedure for the drivers side.

I've had better luck using a vacuum pump over force bleeding. http://www.jeephorizons.com/tech/brake_bleed.html

Good Luck.
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