How to Remove a Rear Brake Rotor from a Jeep Grand Cherokee

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How to Remove a Rear Brake Rotor from a Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Removing a rear brake rotor from the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a job that you can complete in about a half hour. The brake rotor can occasionally begin to grind from wear or damage, requiring that you remove it right away to prevent any damage to the Grand Cherokee rear brakes or wheel hub. You can remove the rear brake rotor yourself, saving you the time and money of calling a mechanic to remove the part for you.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wood block
  • Tire tool
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stand
  • Socket wrench
  • Wire hanger

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  1. 1

    Drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee onto a level surface. Place the vehicle in "Park" and set the parking brake. Put a wood block behind the rear tire opposite the wheel you will be working on.

  2. 2

    Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel a couple of turns with a tire tool. Lift the vehicle up with a floor jack near the wheel. Set a jack stand under the axle next to the wheel you are removing.

  3. 3

    Lower the vehicle down so it is resting on the jack stand. Remove the floor jack from under the vehicle and set it out of the way.

  4. 4

    Remove the lug nuts with the tire tool and set the tire and lug nuts out of the way. Loosen the bolts that are holding the brake caliper onto the rotor with a socket wrench until you can remove the bolts by hand.

  5. 5

    Set the bolts aside and use a wire hanger to hang the brake caliper on the vehicle frame so it is out of the way. Remove the brake pads from the rotor by hand and set them aside.

  6. 6

    Remove the rotor from the wheel hub, rocking it back and forth by hand until you can slide the rotor off the Jeep Grand Cherokee hub.

Tips and warnings

  • Always set the parking brake on the Jeep Grand Cherokee before attempting to remove a rear brake rotor.

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