Monday, September 11, 2017

Jeep Maintenance, Part II

Just finished the front brakes, and inspection.

Took about three hours, and all of the rubber boots on the CV joints, steering rack, and other suspension bits are in good shape. NO tears, rips, or leaks, and not even any seepage indicating a pending leak.

Taking a break after I washed up, and then I'm off to get the oil and filter changed. I generally do that, too, but I don't have any 5W-20 oil, or a filter.

I'll take the Supra for a drive on Thursday and then change the oil in that.

The hardest part about doing the front brakes was jacking up the car, and dealing with the BIG rims and tires...


  1. Glad to hear you got the hard bits done - one less thing to worry about.

  2. Just a tip for next time, My skinny little self used to work on Big Rigs and you know how big and heavy those tires and wheels are.
    Only jack the thing up just enough to get the tire about an inch off the ground. After taking the lug nuts off,
    stick a big pry bar under the middle of the tire and pick up just slightly.
    Then tilt the top of the tire towards you and pull back on the prybar at the same time.
    Going on, get it as close as you can, tilt the top of the tire towards the rig enough to get the bar under it again then pull back on the top and lift up on the tire with the bar while pushing it on to the studs.
    There are probably Youtube videos that show this technique but it works like a charm and saves your back.

    The brake drums on those big bastards are a whole 'nuther story.

    1. That's exactly how I handle the wheels/tires, Phil. Not sure where I learned it, but I've been doing that since the late 1960's. I've used a small shovel when a pry bar wasn't "at hand".


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