The digital garage of my 1998 Jeep Wrangler.

Front Brakes

Replacing the Pads

April, 2004

Front brake pads are another fairly easy maintenance job that you can do yourself. Make sure you park on reasonably level ground and block the rear wheels to prevent your Jeep from moving on you.

Open the hood and open the brake fluid reservoir. The fluid level will probably be down to the add line. As you pads and shoes wear out, the fluid level will drop. It's kind of a simple Fuel Gauge for brake wear. Likewise, your emergency brake lever will pull up further as your rear shoes wear out. Whatever the level, do not add fluid now because you are going to push fluid back into the reservoir from the calipers. Be very careful. Brake fluid eats paint!

Support the Jeep with a jack stand and remove a front wheel. We'll work through this one side at a time. There are 2 bolts that hold the caliper to the hub. These have to be removed.

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