Brakes for cars that sit for a while

ScottVA2775

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I am an OTR truck driver. I have a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Latitude, 3.2 V6, 80k mi(close?). I live in Va and recently failed inspection due to brakes that aren't making full contact on all four sets. The inspecter said this happens when a car sits for a while and then is driven periodically. He said this before I even told him my profession.

So, this weekend, when I get home, I need to do something about it. Is there any adjustments I can make or is there a brand, type of brake pad and rotor replacements that this won't happen with? I've never had a vehicle fail inspection for something like this.

Thanks, ScottVA
 

billr

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Are the rears drum or disk?

It is unclear to me what "full contact" is being looked for, but it sounds a bit like BS to me. You didn't offend the inspector somehow, get "cross-threaded" in this inspection?

I would simply drive the beast for a while. Let the brakes get warmed up and the parts moving a few times. Then do a superficial visual inspection to verify all the brake pistons do seem to move when brake is applied. Make sure sliding calipers do slide smoothly and easily.

Disk brakes are generally "self adjusting", except the parking function in the rear can be fussy. Drums have also been self-adjusting for many years now, but there is stuff that can bind in there. I seriously doubt it is drums being referred to, though, as those generally give "full contact" no matter how poor their condition or adjustment.
 

ScottVA2775

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The rears are disc. I haven't had a chance to look at them yet. I had to hit the road the next day and my inspection was late in the afternoon. I misspoke in my op, I never spoke to the actual inspector, it was the front office guy who said this is what the inspector told him.

I have done my own brakes for years and have never seen or heard of this before. In fact, I put these brakes on less than 2 years ago and have less than 10k mi on them, including a road trip from Va to Mo and back. I'm thinking BS too but I'll be homThursday and take a good look at them. I was just wondering if anyone else had heard of this too.
 

grcauto

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Take them apart and clean and lube the pins.
When those slide pins get crusty they do not apply evenly.
 
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