2004 Jeep Wrangler Brakes & Rotors?

Tiny
RONMCGRAW
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  • 2004 JEEP WRANGLER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • MANUAL
  • 63,000 MILES
My 2004 Jeep Wrangler has a problem with shaking/rattling that causes the brakes and rotors to wear inordinately quickly. Replacing the brakes and rotors causes the problem to go from a violent rattle to a mild shimmy but it never goes away and returns gradually within a 6-8 month period. Any idea what this could be a problem with?
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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 10:48 AM

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Tiny
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OK if you would some informantion first. I would like to know if there is a lift on this jeep and larger tires etc. Aslo does the brake pedal pulsate as the problem begins? The more info you can provide the better. Thanks
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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 10:54 AM
Tiny
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The Jeep has no lift kit and has the standard tires. I get brake pedal pulsating and outright failure when operating the vehicle in 4WD. The brake problems don't seem to occur in 2WD.
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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 10:58 AM
Tiny
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Ok do you know which 4x4 system you have? Also do you know if you have the factory front limited slip or not? This does change the anti lock and how it reads wheel speed sensors. If you don't know then call you local dealer with the last 8 of the vin number they can answer thar for you.
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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 11:03 AM
Tiny
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It has the Command-Trac part-time 4WD system. The dealership could not tell me which differential.
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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 AT 10:56 AM
Tiny
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I also need to ask if you do a lot of towing with this jeep? I will look to see what I can find now and get back to me with the answer.
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Friday, May 21st, 2010 AT 10:40 AM
Tiny
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I've hardly done any towing with the Jeep.
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Friday, May 21st, 2010 AT 10:43 AM
Tiny
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Ok so have you checked the tie rod ends and the pitman and idler arms? Have you checked the steering stabilizer to see if it is weak? Also check the front bearings. How do the back brakes wear? Get back to me and we will go from there.
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Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 AT 9:27 AM
Tiny
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Thanks. I'm going to bring your suggestions to the dealership that replaced the brakes & rotors the last time and see if they can't get it right this time! Unless you have a suggestion of a place that might get this right in the College Park, MD area.
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Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 AT 9:37 AM
Tiny
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Ok sound good. I have no suggestions as I am in Idaho. However let me know what they find or don't find and we will go from there if needed.
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Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 AT 11:55 AM

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