19th Dec 2003, 09:20

I have had to replace the brake pads and rotors 3 times on my 1999 jeep grand cherokee laredo. They warp very easily, which has resulted in violent front end shaking during braking. I will not buy another jeep product. I am looking at aftermarket rotors and pads to solve the problem, I hope it works.

23rd Dec 2003, 23:13

Learn too drive, you should slow down before you get on the brakes. don't replace bad parts with the same bad parts go to NAPA and get some good rotors and be done with it.

24th Dec 2003, 07:07

Our company purchased (3) 2000 Grand Cherokee Larado's. ALL three had the rotor warping issue @ about 15K. I had mine replace with aftermarket and have had no issues with 108k.

However- not wanting to shift has become a problem. When I first start the vehicle (or if it has sat for over an hour or so)it shifts fine-MOST of the time. However, restarting in less than an hour or so-the problem is there. I have to rev the engine to 4500RPM before it will shift-if I coast down to less than 30-35 mph or so- the transmission downshifts. Any Ideas? It sound like an computer issue NOT a transmission rebuild. Any help would be appreciated!!!

4th Jan 2004, 08:28

My 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo went through 3 sets of Jeep OEM front rotors in 35K mile. All were warped. Any type of quick stop would warp them and it is hard not to make quick stops considering I live in the Washington DC area. The last time the Jeep dealer told me it was the last time they would replace them for free. At 45K, they needed replacing. A friend had the same problem on a 1999 Grand Cherokee. We purchased aftermarket slotted (not cross-drilled) rotors and installed them with Bendix brake pads. Since then, I have put 17K on the new rotors and I have made many quick stops and have not had a problem.

12th Jan 2004, 14:10

I have a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee that is in for its 4th set of rotors at 37K miles (warped like the others). Next set, aftermarket. Other than this repeated (and frustrating) problem, we've been very pleased with the Jeep. But is will be the last given the lack of satisfaction and cost attributed to the brakes.

I'm frankly stunned that Chrysler can't (or has an interest in not) figuring out a solution to this problem.

29th Jan 2004, 15:27

I have a 2000 Grand Cherokee, and I've got just over 65,000 on it now, and I'm still on my original OEM rotors, no warping. You can't break in an SUV like you can in a sports car, slow down before putting the brakes on, and then gently apply more and more pressure. Just slamming the pedal down will warp the rotors faster than anything. As for transmission problems, newer electronically controlled transmissions won't shift into 3rd gear or above in cold weather until the engine and transmission reach certain operating temperatures, this is due to a few reasons, mainly new regulations by the EPA dealing with pollution. So this isn't a problem, just people looking out for our environment.

29th Jan 2004, 18:55

Finally, somebody who knows how to drive a SUV and like me, realizes it's not a damn sports car!!!

9th Feb 2004, 01:36

For all you previous posters... those who have made the brake upgrades, can you send me your cures. kefoxx@hotmail.com.

13th Feb 2004, 13:15

I have also had to replace the front brake pads and rotors twice. Now going in for the third time. Car has about 55,000 miles on it. Live in the Washington DC area so slow stops are not always possible. I checked with local Goodyear dealer and they can replace front brake pads and rotors for about $350 including taxes. The Jeep dealer tells me that they have a brand new Chrysler caliper assembly that solves the warped rotor problem. Cost is about $450. Has anyone tried the new caliper assembly? And, what do you think about Goodyear doing the brakes?

5th Mar 2004, 19:06

I have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I don't drive it like a sports car and am careful on the brakes. But, I have 47,000 kilometers on it and I have had to replace the front rotors 4 times. The rotors are warping again and it feels scary when braking on a highway so I will be going in again for a replacement. I written to Chrysler and got no response. Dealer can't solve the problem either. I am so disgusted with Chrysler that I won't buy another Jeep again. Can't take the chance on spending my hard earned cash on a vehicle that is not supported by the manufacturer. If anyone has found a solution please let us know. Can't believe the Engineers at Chrysler can't solve this problem. Worse, can't believe Chrysler's lack of interest. No wonder people turn to foreign car makers.

7th Mar 2004, 13:24

Thanks for comments buddy. I am not a moron. I go back to the dealer because it is a warranty item and so far the 4 replacement rotors haven't cost me a dime. But, since you have id the type of rotor that has worked and solved the problem, I can go to the dealer armed with some good information and negotiating power. Hopefully this will do the trick even if I have to put out some cash to get this fixed on my own.

Thanks again!

7th Mar 2004, 15:21

I guess I should apologize for the moron comments, I guess the appeal of the free warranty replacement is hard to turn down.

7th Mar 2004, 19:33

For the person who said that they're gentle on the brakes, but still have warping issues. There is a difference in being gentle and easy on the brakes, and being too gentle and overheating the brakes. Start braking slowly like it sounds like you are, and then "pump" the brakes. Start slowing down, they let completely off, then back to where you were but a little bit harder, then completely off, and back to where you were untill you are stopped. Now, I realize this isn't always possible. But when ever you can helps.

4th Apr 2004, 21:01

I don't know about pumping the brakes like the one user suggested, that also has an effect on the antilock braking system. I drive my 2000 Grand HARD! I have 125000 miles on it and only put one set of rotors on it... I've done all the brake work on the Jeep myself. And, like one person suggested, if the Jeep dealer isn't taking care of your problem move on to a Midas or some other place if you don't feel like you can tackle the job. On the original rotors, I had them cut once and then I was out of spec or too close for cutting them again. I replaced the rotors at somewhere around 95000. But, it's important to also lubricate the adjustment pins and check the back brakes as well, and make sure everything is lubricated well back there as well. I had a 89 Grand Prix, that I was putting front pads on as often as I was doing oil changes due to the rear adjustment pins seizing and never using the back brakes. Anyhow, sounds to me like there are problems with the factory rotors, but, I would suggest taking it somewhere else to get fixed with a different selection of parts other than Chrysler.