How To Change Brakes On 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Learn how to change brakes on a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV to save some cash. Relying on the dealership can be very expensive for basic car maintenance. You can change your own brakes on a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee with simple tools. Changing brakes can extend the life of your Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Here are the supplies required to properly change brakes on your 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

  • New brake pads and rotors (this can be factory OEM parts or aftermarket)
  • Vehicle manual (for torque settings)
  • Socket wrench, C Clamp, Vehicle jack
  1. Lift your Grand Cherokee. Use a hydraulic jack to lift your Grand Cherokee.  If you do not own a hydraulic jack, you can use the factory jack.  The factory jack is located in the trunk of your 2002 Jeep.
  2. Unbolt and remove the wheel. Use your socket wrench set to remove the bolts attaching your wheel to the Jeep.  
  3. Remove the old Cherokee pads. Take off the brake caliper assembly from the wheel hub. To take off the caliper, unscrew both of the bolts on the backside of the caliper.  The pads should slide out of the 2002 Grand Cherokee brake caliper. If you cannot easily slide the pad, you may want to use a screwdriver for additional leverage. 
  4. Take off the old brake rotor. Remove the brake rotor from the wheel hub on your 2002 Grand Cherokee. Use a rubber mallet to loosen the rotor from the hub.  Rust can sometimes make the brake rotor stick on the car. 
  5. Install the new Grand Cherokee brake rotor. The new brake rotor can be installed onto your wheel hub. The rotor will sit gently on the existing screw mounts.  Once the brake rotor is properly seated, focus your attention on the brake pads.
  6. Install new Grand Cherokee brake pads. Install new brake pads onto the caliper.  The new brake pads will slide into place on your brake caliper. Once you have installed the front and rear pads, use a "C" clamp to physically close up the brake unit. 
  7. Re-mount the brake caliper assembly. Reattach both bolts to the hub on your 2002 Grand Cherokee. The bolts will need to be re-torqued in a  clockwise direction.  Check your vehicle manual for the proper amount of torque required.
  8. Remount your Jeep Cherokee wheel. Remount the wheel and perform the same steps for the other wheels on your 2002 Jeep Cherokee. Once you are done changing all brakes, you can safely test drive your 2002 Grand Cherokee Jeep.
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