Jeep Grand Cherokee Brake Disc
Important Maintenance Tips for Jeep Grand Cherokee Brake Disc
The disc brakes of the Jeep Grand Cherokee require care and maintenance on a regular basis, for without it they will wear out quickly and break down when you least expect it. So if you want your Jeep Grand Cherokee brake disc to last longer, here are some tips you need to consider:
- Keep the brake fluid at optimum levels.
The disc brake system relies on hydraulics in the form of brake fluid in order to work, so make sure to refill the brake fluid once it goes down the recommended levels. We also recommend replacing the brake fluid in the system once every two years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first, as brake fluid tends to absorb contaminants over time.
- Consider switching to a ceramic brake pad.
While they are typically more expensive than standard metallic or NAO pads, ceramic brake pads tend to last longer and are gentler on the disc surface. The pad's ceramic fibers also produce less dust and noise, making them less of a hassle to deal with. So while you might have to shell out more for a ceramic pad, it will be of more value for its worth in the long run.
- Replace worn out pads.
The brake pads are designed to be expendable, and once they wear out they will not be able to bite on the brake disc properly. And while the service life of a brake pad depends on various factors, including the materials it is made of and its operating conditions, most pads today feature wear indicators that can create a loud scratching noise once the pads are about to wear out. So once you hear abnormal noises from your disc brakes, it may be time to retire the pads and replace them with new ones.
- Turn or replace?
Brake discs that have a scored, pitted, other otherwise damaged surfaces will not be able to engage the brake pads properly, but if the damage is minor it might be still be fixed by "turning" the rotors. "Turning" is basically shaving off a small layer of the brake disc surface in order to remove the damage, but it comes at the cost of thinning the disc and making it more vulnerable to warping. So while having the disc turned might be a cheaper option, it will also make it more vulnerable to damage in the future. In addition, it is also not recommended to "turn" discs that have already been machined or warped, as these must be replaced instead.