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Brakes + water= scare!!!


 
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Shimma
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Location: Wellington, New Zealand

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:32 am    Post subject: Brakes + water= scare!!! Reply with quote

Had a fright today,while driving in some heavy rain. Went to stop/ slow down, for the traffic in front, which were stopping at some approaching traffic lights, and on applying some normal pressure on the brakes, found that they didn't feel right,it was as if brake fade was occuring, (which shouldn't be the case, as I hadn't used the brakes for some miles). Quick on/off braking, 'til they started to slow me down was needed,and just managed to slow down enough,to stop behind the car in front. My brakes are great in the fine weather, just when the pads get wet etc, this occurs. What's happening?. My other car, a 2005 Ford Falcon V8, stops just fine, wet or dry, softly or harshly, so why does the Jeep want to play silly buggers with me? The disc's were newly ground, a few hundred miles ago, and as I say, work well in fine weather,well run in,now. The pads were also replaced at this time. The drum brakes were also checked out, and found to have ample brake pad left. So what's causing this? Maybe something missing,like a splash guard,or something similar,to stop water getting onto the pads.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

depending one what type of pad was put on when you replaced them it could be the compound used to make the pads.if the pads are made from a hard compound it could take several seconds for them to heat up and become sticky.there should be a dust shield that covers the disk up front but really it shouldn't be needed.one thing you could do is to tap and hold the brakes ever so slightly after going through a puddle to help dry them off faster.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:48 am    Post subject: brakes Reply with quote

I would check the rear drums to make sure they are adjusted properly. If it takes alot of pedal to make then seat then you are loosing good braking power which is not too noticeable in dry weather. The "self adjusting" mechanism gets dirty and stuck easily. You can adjust them without taking the wheel off, just block the wheels, put the vehicle in neutral, jack up the tire and adjust through the hole on the backside until you hear/feel it start to touch the drum when spinning the wheel. Don't go too far though.
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Shimma
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers JeepinNH...
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