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    Rear Brake Wear

    Just had gears installed and installer tells me that my rear brake pads are almost worn out. I've only got 40K on the Jeep and the fronts are in good shape. From my previous experience with brakes, it is usually the fronts that give up (replaced at least once before the rears needed attention). Is there a reason (braking system) for the rears to go early on the JK?

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    That is strange! Do you feel the brakes dragging you to a stop or more of a nose dive? Might need to bleed the brake and get the air out of the front lines.


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    I believe this is normal, I’ve had to replace the rears twice before the front gave up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky8 View Post
    I believe this is normal, I’ve had to replace the rears twice before the front gave up.


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    This^^^. More rear brake bias for most systems today.


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    I got 70,000 Kilometers on my Jeep and I had to do my rear brakes already.

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    Definitely normal on a JK to burn through the rear brakes faster than the front for a few reasons

    More rear brake bias to help prevent nose dive

    the ESP, traction control utilizes the rear brakes more frequently than the front

    Smaller pad with a non venting rotor in the rear puts more heat into the rear brakes than the front also

    I think that’s the list of reasons. But I might be missing one


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    I used to haul a trailer around with my Jeep and would have to change the rears out every 10 to 15k. The fronts would be twice that


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    As most have already stated, rears wearing faster than fronts is completely normal on JKs


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    40k? I've been through 3 sets of rear pads in 43k miles. They wear twice as fast as the fronts due to the electronic limited slip feature that hits the brake on the wheel with little traction to force the other tire to spin.

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    Just changed my pads after about 30k or so... My fronts were almost to metal. My rear wasn't even half down.

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