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  • after 3 inch lift, tj pulls left.

    okay its been about 3 weeks since i completed the lift, i got it aligned and everything was going well until this weekend. when i would apply my brake the jeep would pull hard left, and my steering wheel was turn about 90 degrees clockwise to overcome it, if i would brake hard it would not only pull harder left, i would also hear a clunking noise (sounded kinda like anti lock brakes, which i dont have), but i was thinking the noise was coming from the clunking noise people here when they start from a stop(noise that comes from under the driver seat), needless to say i didnt drive it the rest of the weekend.

  • #2
    Sounds like your right (passenger) caliper is not engaging. Check both front brakes.

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    • #3
      Sounds like you have a brake caliper hanging up. Most likely the left one. You can check this by driving the jeep for a sort distance and seeing if one wheel is hotter thin the other one.Be careful it could be very hot.

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      • #4
        Did you extend or put longer brake lines on? I'm wondering if you didn't, then maybe one of the lines is getting pinched and not letting the caliper release.

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        • #5
          Defineately a Brake problem

          I'd go with pinched or twisted line, air in the line, or a froze caliper.

          Either way one is working while the other is not.

          Which ever direction it pulls, the other side is not working.

          Do some investigating, check the lines, bleed it once, and check the operation of the caliper.

          I'd bet you have a froze caliper.

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          • #6
            ok i dont know much about brakes yet, my dad does but he may not be around to help, so obviously if its pinched or twisted, i just have to undo the pinch, but if there is air in the line how would i get it out, and where is the caliper located. and last how would i go about bleeding it. thanks for the quick replys everyone.

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            • #7
              I do believe you will not have to worry about air in the lines due to this came on with out you takeing your brakes off. I also believe you do not have a kink in your lines since this came on 3 weeks after the lift. But any thing could be possable. I believe you have a bad caliper.

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              • #8
                Take a look at both brake lines behind the front wheels (the line runs from the frame to the back of the wheel). They shouldn't be kinked or have really sharp bends in them. If it is the metal part(tube) of the line that is bent sharply, it may not bend back without cracking. This would cause a leak and a loss of hydraulic pressure which means no brakes. If the rubber part of the hose is kinked, that should be fairly easy to see. Where the lines run into the wheel are the calipers. If you do a google search, there are plenty of sites that will give you a more detailed explanation of brake bleeding than I can. That being said, if you have never done this type of work, I would not recommend that you make this your first experience. Wait for your dad or another person with experience to show you how to do this for the first time. Your brakes are too important for your safety and the others on the road. Read the descriptions to get an understanding, but wait for experienced help.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by oros35
                  Defineately a Brake problem

                  I'd go with pinched or twisted line, air in the line, or a froze caliper.

                  Either way one is working while the other is not.

                  Which ever direction it pulls, the other side is not working.

                  Do some investigating, check the lines, bleed it once, and check the operation of the caliper.

                  I'd bet you have a froze caliper.
                  That is not allways true that the direction it pulles. A caliper that is froozen willl greate heat by not letting go makeing that brake work faster pulling the jeep in that direction.

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                  • #10
                    ^True they can screw up in more than one way.

                    My most common experience is that the piston freezes in the open position and thus does not work. The result is the opposite brake grabs and due to caster pulls toward that direction.

                    I've had one that I owned for 2 years and out of the blue it screwed up. Here I found out that I had an air bubble in the one caliper. Why it took so long to happen I couldn't tell you. But it was fine after bleeding it.

                    Checking to see which one is hotter is a good way to see which one is not working right.

                    Disk Brakes are not hard, but I would reccomend having someone work with you and make sure everything is done right.

                    Changing a caliper is as simple as 3 bolts and Bleeding out the lines.

                    Good Luck!

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                    • #11
                      Doesn't really matter which side it is, you should change both sides at the same time anyway! Its not too expensive, its good insurance to know they are both fixed!

                      Could be the rubber lines too, I had one that failed and wouldn't let any fluid through!

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                      • #12
                        well me and my dad checked every brake and brake line, nothing seems to look wrong, so we towed it to woodhouse and they said that it could be a broken axle, but i know its not that bc we turned every wheel and they all turned the driveshaft, there suppose to take a look today(monday) so i guess i wont know till later today or tomorrow. but thanks for all the ideas.

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                        • #13
                          Tank -
                          What was the outcome??? What did the issue end up being?

                          Originally posted by tank48
                          well me and my dad checked every brake and brake line, nothing seems to look wrong, so we towed it to woodhouse and they said that it could be a broken axle, but i know its not that bc we turned every wheel and they all turned the driveshaft, there suppose to take a look today(monday) so i guess i wont know till later today or tomorrow. but thanks for all the ideas.

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                          • #14
                            i had this exact problem, it was one of my brake calipers and frozen shut and was no longer disengaging, i happend to be pulling a trailer at the time so it was alittle freaky, it would be hard to diagnoss without driving the jeep a good amount, so i could see how a local shop could miss it

                            like others have said drive it awhile and feel the caliper, or throw some water on them so they don't burn ya. whichever one goes up in a huge cloud of steam is your culprit.

                            it's an easy fix, go to nappa and get a new caliper, or pick a part if you got one, then just unbolt it and rebolt the new one, bleedings easy if you have two people, if not get those easy bleed valves.

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                            • #15
                              hey sorry its been so long, its been long for me to, im off at college and my dad was out of town till just a couple days ago, and i guess the lower bolt(cam bolt) from the lower control arm came loose and fell out. me and my dad both remember tightening them both down after the lift installation, and we were wondering if someone didnt tighten it back up after we got it aligned. we are still trying to find that part out. but thats what it was.

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