Advice and information about maintaining the brakes on my Jeep, please.
August 27, 2014 10:36 AM Subscribe
My 2-wheel drive 2005 Jeep Liberty needs brakes and I need some advice, please.
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos to Home & Garden (10 answers total)
Dear Hive Mind,
My 2-wheel drive 2005 Jeep Liberty needs brakes but the mechanic I last dealt with is an ass.
Through direct personal experience I have a deep and unwavering mistrust of mechanics.
I am the original and only owner of said Jeep. I bought the Jeep at the same dealership where I take it for it's regular service intervals and repairs. On only two occasions have I taken the Jeep to another garage for service (smog checks).
The last time I took the Jeep to the dealership, I had the most unpleasant experience of a very condescending mechanic who, after putting himself out to leave the bay to come talk to me, simultaneously scolded me like a child for waiting too long to bring the Jeep in for the service interval, then tried some pretty lame scare tactics to straight-arm me to agree to a "complete replacement" of the brake system. Clearly he thought he'd invented this approach, and that this was my very first time talking to a mechanic about my 10 year old Jeep. I didn't buy the bullshit and told him to do only the work I originally authorized.
Despite my experiences with the idiot at the dealership, I am starting to suspect that the brake system itself may legitimately need repair given the age of the vehicle. Is this true? Apart from the brake pads, how long does the rest of the brake system last before the major parts (rotors, calipers, solenoid, etc.) need to be replaced? What is a good indicator that these parts need replacement? In the past, the break pads have been replaced promptly when they give the usual signs of wear. The Jeep has approximately 81K miles.
TL;DR - I would just like to operate my Jeep safely without getting ripped off for "complete replacement" type repairs and replacements I don't need by asshole mechanics who think women are easily manipulated.
Thank you in advance for any and all information you can offer.