When we think of an off-road four-wheel drive adventure, the image of a Jeep Wrangler navigating rough terrain is most likely what comes to mind. Since making its debut in the summer of 1986, this all-American (Fun Fact: Jeep was voted as the most patriotic brand for the 19th year in a row in 2021), go-anywhere series of compact and mid-size SUVs has maintained its popularity and desirability.
The Jeep Wrangler remains one of the most popular SUVs in the market because of its easily recognizable and iconic design, reliable off-roading performance, superb customizability, excellent resale value, and a large community of owners and fans. No wonder the Wrangler continues to break sales records year after year.
How To Keep Your Jeep Wrangler Brakes in Top Working Condition
One excellent reason why Jeep Wranglers are beloved by their owners is the fact that they are quite easy and cheap to maintain. That’s because, although the Wrangler’s engine is modern, its drivetrain and suspension are well-designed and simple. Whether your Jeep Wrangler is a rock crawler or a highway warrior, you need to keep its engine and components, especially the Jeep Wrangler brakes, in tip-top shape! Read on for basic Jeep Wrangler brake maintenance tips.
Have your Jeep Wrangler brakes checked regularly
Start by following the service schedule specified in your vehicle's owner's manual. It is highly advised that you have a brake inspection/service at least once every 12,000 miles or 12 months. It's never a good idea to put off servicing your brakes. Squealing, vibrations during deceleration, and a spongy brake pedal are all issues that need to be corrected immediately. If left unchecked, such symptoms can lead to more costly repairs.
Keep your Jeep Wrangler brake fluid cylinder filled
Your Jeep Wrangler brakes are a hydraulic system that needs fluids to function properly. Pressing the brake pedal depresses a piston in the master cylinder which in turn forces the brake fluid to flow through the brake lines and travel to the pistons in the brake calipers forcing them to apply the brakes and halt the vehicle.
If your brake fluid level is low, it puts added strain on the master brake cylinder and affects the performance of the brake pads, brake rotors, and brake drums. A good rule is to have your brake fluid levels checked when your Wrangler goes in for its scheduled preventive maintenance service. You can find the best brands for brake fluids here at BuyBrakes.com including Stoptech, Brembo, EBC, and Motul.
Replace your brake pads regularly
After checking the brake master cylinder, brake pads, and brake fluids, the next step in basic brake maintenance is to have your Jeep Wrangler brake caliper and brake rotors checked. Older Wrangler models up to 2007 had front disc and rear drum brakes while most later models have disc brakes. Disc brakes use brake calipers to squeeze pads against a disc or brake rotor, creating friction that slows your wheel's movement to a stop.
Have your brake calipers and brake rotors checked
A professional mechanic can quickly see if your Jeep Wrangler’s brake calipers and brake rotors need replacing during your regular maintenance service. If you experience symptoms like brake squealing or a pulling sensation to one side, don’t wait for your scheduled maintenance and have your brake calipers checked immediately. If you do need new brake calipers and rotors, we carry top brands like Raybestos, Centric, and Dynamic Friction Company.
Practice good driving habits
Regular inspections, fluid checks, and replacement of brake components are all good and beneficial to the health of your Wrangler’s brake system, but they are ultimately useless if you have bad driving habits. Avoid “riding” the brakes or keeping your foot on the brake pedal excessively. When driving downhill, try to downshift instead of riding the brakes to maintain a safe speed.
Try not to stop too suddenly or too frequently as this can cause your brake pads and brake rotors to lose a bit more material, such as ceramic fibers, metal shavings, etc, that can eventually cause them to fail prematurely. Plan your everyday driving to minimize the number of stops as fewer stops mean better brake performance.
Use only high quality replacement brake parts
The parts and components of your Jeep Wrangler’s brake system will inevitably wear out over time. Having a good brake system is critical and is a matter of safety. Using the best and most trusted brake brands can spell the difference between being able to stop your Wrangler in time or having an accident. So when it’s time to have your brake parts replaced, we highly recommend using only the best brands.
We carry a huge selection of brake kits and components from the best brands on the market. Whether you are looking for a brake upgrade kit (like this Hawk Talon 3 Truck and SUV kit) for your JK, or a set of SUV specific brake pads for your TJ or JL (like these Hawk SuperDuty pads), we've got it all. In stock and ready to ship.
Our price match guarantee ensures the best price for your new brakes, and our concierge service offers free assistance if you need it. Just call or text if you want someone to lookup part numbers or verify stock.
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