24th Aug 2008, 21:21
We own a 02 Cherokee Laredo 6 c 4.0. The only problem we have has thus far is it overheated and we are in the process of replacing the fan relay/sensor. We also bought new tires all around for $800. Had a minor heater core leak that was quickly fixed by son-in-law. Have to love the mechanic in the family!! Plan on taking it in to shop to see what recalls, if any, there are for our Jeep and get them taken care of. We have heard mention of a silent recall on the rotors. So to those of you who have this problem with the rotors, ask your dealership if there is a silent recall. Couldn't hurt to ask.
22nd Oct 2008, 10:48
I own a 02 GC 4.7L for about a year now and have replaced the rotors twice! I even bought cross drilled rotors to help with cooling and ceramic pads, did nothing and guess what? I now have the never ending shaking happening again when I brake, this is ridiculous, I've been debating selling my Jeep. Mopar I expected better.
9th Nov 2008, 20:10
I too have a 2002 JGC; 67000 miles, 3 rotor jobs and all 4 windows have broken. There also were too many other small problems to mention.
26th Mar 2009, 19:52
I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Sport, the rotors have been replaced or turned every 6 months since I bought it new. I am really getting tired of this problem.
9th Apr 2009, 21:35
I had the rotor warping problems on my 2002 Jeep with the upgraded caliper already on it. The whole problem with the rotors warping is people do not change the brake pads when getting rotors turned or replaced. The dealer turned and or replaced my rotors under warranty until about 40000 miles. They did this every 4 to 6 thousand miles due to warpage. The problem is they never replaced the pads. I took my front rotors off myself at 69000 miles, had the rotors turned and replaced the pads myself. Never had another warped rotor, it now has 98000 on it.
19th Apr 2009, 08:10
More of the same here. Bought my 02 Jeep GC in May of 2002 for the wife. She failed to mention the brake problem until the warranty was out. I noticed it at 40,000. Not too bad so I waited until 45,000 and replaced the rotors with cheap china rotors from Advanced Auto Parts. Replaced the pads with their mid-priced pads. Now has 115,000 miles with no further trouble with rotors or pads.
2nd Jun 2009, 17:01
I bought my GC V8 new in Apr 02, and for the most part I really like it. Unfortunately I've had the same brake problems since around 25/30K miles, it's now at 64K. My husband thinks I'm crazy because I keep telling him the brakes are bad, he goes to have them changed and they look brand new. They've been replaced about 5Xs (most unnecessarily) since I've had the vehicle, and last year developed this great new ear-piercing squeaking that won't go away. The brakes AND rotors were replaced that time and again, all looked in excellent shape, but typical signs are still there of "needing new brakes" - e.g. pedal going down to the floor, brakes squeaking, some pulsating at higher speeds. Doesn't sound like there is a resolution, I like the car but I think the squeaking is going to drive me insane! I have to laugh at the earlier comment someone made of it being summer and driving with the windows down is unbearable, I feel the same way! It's going to be a long summer =(
3rd Jul 2009, 10:14
I switched from the factory installed brake rotors on my 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee to Akebono rotors and have had no problems. Apparently the factory installed rotors kept warping. Had them ground down every six months. Jeep is aware of the problem, but does nothing. It should have been a recall!!!
17th Jul 2009, 18:36
My daughter just bought a 02 GCL loaded with all the bells and whistles. "Dad...I hear a squeaking noise and when I brake, the steering wheel shakes back and forth" Here we go...I'll go the advance auto parts way first with cheap pads and rotors... I can do the change, it's not that hard. If it comes back again, we'll go with the caliper/slotted rotors/brake pad upgrade. KBB had the Jeep at $9k, she got it for $6500. She thought she was getting a deal...we'll see. I have a 05 Toy 4runner (bought new) with 110k miles...not one problem... not one! Have an 04 Chevy trailblazer with 97k miles... no problems the 2 years we've had it...What's up Mopar???
18th Jul 2009, 13:23
Update on my daughters 2002 GCL: Got new rotors and pads at advance auto for $150 and changed today. (cheapest they have) Made sure to clean surfaces very well where new rotor mates to wheel. Once the pads were out, I sprayed the calipers aggressively with brake cleaner before installing new pads. I also sprayed the protective oil coating off the new rotors with brake cleaner. If you have an 02, you have to know if they are Teves brake calipers (pre may 02) or Akebono calipers (post may 02)before pad purchase. Manufacture date of vehicle is inside drivers door panel. Ours were Teves. FYI-Her GCL is a V8.
I inspected the pads I removed and they were worn in a very uneven manner length wise. Probably about 1/8" difference from end to end of pad. That was on the inside pads, so it was only realized once the pads were removed. The outside pads wore uneven also but were not as bad.
Hope this helps someone, Pete.
Brakes work great for now!