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Jeep Liberty Brake Disc

A Foolproof Guide to Keeping Your Jeep Liberty Brake Disc in Good Shape

One broken component can already make a huge impact in your car's performance. Just imagine discovering a busted brake disc while you are driving on a freeway. Aside from the obvious stress that this could bring, it also poses danger to both you and the pedestrians around you. So before you head out for a drive, make sure that you check your Jeep Liberty brake disc. To prolong the disc's lifespan, you need to care for the component by doing the following tips:

  • Conduct a regular brake disc inspection.

When performing your regular vehicle inspection, make sure that you include the brake disc in the list of the components that you need to check. It doesn't take long to evaluate your brake disc, so you don't have to think twice in doing it. A properly maintained brake disc is rust-free and has greater resistance to damage. That is why it's a must that you look after the brake disc every time you get the chance to do so. Watch out for signs of disc damage like cracks, warping, and corrosion. If you've found out that the brake disc has already been damaged, replacing it would probably be the best thing you can do.

  • Free the brake disc from rust using wire brush or fine-grit sandpaper.

The process involved in eliminating rust from the brake disc depends on how serious the rust is and how deep it has gone onto the disc's material. If it's light surface rust, you can actually do nothing but drive your Jeep. The constant pad-and-disc contact as you stepped on the pedal is enough to get rid of the rust. If normal braking failed to do the trick, just sand the rust off using fine-grit sandpaper. Of course, you have to raise the vehicle first and remove the wheel before you can fully access the brake disc. For some serious rust, you can use a wire brush, but make sure that it isn't abrasive enough to cause deep scratches on the disc rather than eliminate rust.

  • Get a safe brake cleaner for the brake disc.

Though there are a lot of aftermarket brake cleaners available, it takes adequate attention to select the right one for your car. This is because some cleaning agents may come with chemicals that may do your vehicle more harm than good. You can opt for a spray-on brake cleaner, as it's easier to use and doesn't cost that much. Some spray-ons even offer rust protection, so it not only cleans the brake disc but also defends it against corrosion for a certain period of time.

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  • How to Pinpoint a Damaged Jeep Liberty Brake Disc

    There's no absolute way to tell when your car's components will break down and cause you trouble. That is why you need to do a quick inspection of the most important components before you head out for a drive especially long distance travels. It also pays to be always alert while you're on the road. When you start to feel unusual behaviour from your brakes, then it's probably time to take a closer look at your Jeep Liberty brake disc and other brake components.

    Here are some symptoms that your brake disc now needs replacement:

    Steering wheel vibration

    Among the most common signs of a bad brake disc are unusual vibrations or pulsations that you can feel when stepping on the brake pedal and can go all the way to the steering wheel. When this happens, you should take action immediately as this means your Jeep's brake disc is at risk of getting warped due to metal-to-metal rubbing. If you'll act fast enough, you'll be able to save the disc and just have the pads replace, but if you ignore this sign, you have to prepare your pocket for the cost of disc and pads replacement. If the vibration becomes noticeable when braking while the anti-lock brakes are engaged, that means you now got warped rotors that necessitate immediate replacement.

    Squealing sounds

    You can easily notice a faulty brake disc when you begin to hear squealing sounds when you apply the brakes. However, there are many reasons why brake squeals occur—worn brake pad sets, a damaged brake disc, or faulty brake linings. One convenient way to determine which certain brake system component has gone bad is to securely raise your car, take the wheel off, and check the brake assembly for signs of damage. If you see that the brake pads' friction material is already less than 1/4 inch in thickness, then it's time to purchase a new set. But if you discover that it's the brake disc that's causing the problem, then it's best to have your brake disc repair or replaced, depending on the severity of the damage.