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Jeep sport2001 - steering difficult & car slugish after


 
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qwe123a
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:58 am    Post subject: Jeep sport2001 - steering difficult & car slugish after Reply with quote

When I start driving the car is responsive but after approximately 1 hour of driving, and particularly in urban settings, the car begins to to pull to the left and generally it gets very sluggish. (in the past I smelled some burnt rubber)

Again, in the beginning of driving the car is just fine and the temp gage throughout is normal.

Any ideas?

David
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DavidXJ
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the symptoms described... steering difficult, smells like burnt rubber, sluggish driving, pulling to the left... I am wondering if you don't have a brake rotor/caliper that is malfunctioning or binding on the left side of the vehicle, and when it gets hot from the friction of driving around town it gets tighter. Many times you won't be able to see disk brake problems with just a visible inspection. Of course, it could be the drum in the back too.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second that.... Check out your brakes.

I was going to suggest a fuel filter because of the sluggishness after warming up, but once I read more and saw "pulls left." A fuel filter probably isn't the case.

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Brad The Best
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

first thing is to check the tire pressure , and how bad out of alignment it is . you say you smell rubber , go feel the tires when you smell rubber and feel which one is hot .

do you feel a pulsation in your break pedal? if its not pulsing then i would look at the caliper they are around 30$ so its not like there expensive , two bolts hold it on one holds on the break line , so its not a crazy thing to change out .

change the fuel filter just for fun . its 10$

the big thing here is to figure out what break or bearing is binding , when it start to get sluggish go see what wheel is getting hot , check the actual tire and then check the center hub . carefully it could be really hot .
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the replies. I will check the brakes. One other fact to note is that in addition to the city driving sluggishnesses, the car has also felt sluggish when driving on the highway and the steering wheel began vibrating when I approached 40-45mph. I then stopped by the side of the road and resumed driving and the car felt fine.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

check the steering linkages for looseness . jack the jeep up and wiggle the tire from the 12 o'clock position and 6 o'clock then try 9 and 3 . which one moves ?

have you checked tire pressure and balance ? the most wear on tires in the world is from improper tire pressure . why do you think semi tires blow out , its because of low pressure and they heat up and explode not because of a cheap re-tread .
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brad The Best wrote:

change the fuel filter just for fun . its 10$

You do realize that on 97 and up the fuel filter is in the tank, right. Thats a lot of work. X2 on the brakes.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definetly a stuck caliper. Brake pads smell like burning rubber if they get hot enough. You'll probably need a new caliper, rotor, and pads. (I'd put pads on both sides so they'd match)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had this very same issue on a 91 XJ and the issue was a caliper was freezing up on me...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to hijack the thread but I've seen a pulsation in my brake petal. I don't think it's the actual rotors, or pads, so what else could it be? It feels like it's coming from the driver's side front only.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

monkeyman3875 wrote:
Not to hijack the thread but I've seen a pulsation in my brake petal. I don't think it's the actual rotors, or pads, so what else could it be? It feels like it's coming from the driver's side front only.

Thanks (pm me if you don't want to ruin thread)

Try the "break-in" procedure at the bottom of this installation instructions for Vanco's Big Brake Kit.
http://www.vancopbs.com/category_s/159.htm

If that doesn't help, then change your rotors or have your stock ones turned on a brake lathe (I'd just replace them) and get new pads.

Just a hint...you'll see the likely cause of your pulsations in the break-in procedure.
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