Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Put new brakes on, car feels like its in park when in drive/reverse

asked by on

I put new front brakes/rotors. I feel brake pressure on the pedal, but when i go out of park. The vehicle doesnt move, even with foot off brake pedal. Why would this be happeneing?

My car has 155805 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. I will try to assist you with your 1...

Hello. I will try to assist you with your 1999 Jeep. Remove the two wheels you worked on. Apply and release the service brakes several times and return to the wheel positions (with transmission in neutral, block rear wheels and leave emergency brake on). Grasp the hub area and try to turn the rotor through pads. This should be fairy easy to turn with only slight resistance due to pad friction.

If there is a lot of resistance, you will need to remove sliding pins on torque plate and check condition and probably re-lubricate with high temperature brake caliper grease. Also, apply grease to pad ears where they contact the stainless pad mounting clips on caliper torque plate. It is also possible that the caliper piston is not retracting in its bore.

Typically, on a car of this age, unless the caliper and torque plate were replaced last time around and you do not see significant evidence of corrosion it does not pay to re-use those parts when you replace the brake pads. You either rebuild them yourself or get rebuilt ones.

However, one sticking point is if you decide to replace the calipers you have to figure out which rebuilder will actually supply a usable part. Rebuilt parts are not created equal since manufacturing standards are all over the map. The last two sets of calipers (loaded calipers) that I bought for my own personal vehicles were AC Delco.

I do see AC Delco calipers in the catalog for your vehicle and therefore strongly suggest you use those. If you are changing calipers, consider YourMechanic, too, because if you request it the technician will bleed your entire brake system as part of the job which is good preventive maintenance because brake fluid is hygroscopic. Keeping the moisture out promotes the longevity of all brake system components. Hope this helps and best wishes getting this resolved.

Was this answer helpful?
Recommended services
Get a Quote

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car starts rough and stalls

Hello. Several owners of your particular vehicle have encountered this same problem. Your circumstance is commonly caused by faulty O2 sensors. At times, the sensors will simply need a cleaning and that will resolve your issue, but sometimes they may...

Q: What causes my 99 f150 with 4.6 sputter

Hi there. Any unusual shaking, stumbling or vibrating forces coming from the engine is cause for concern. It could be something as simple as old spark plugs producing an uneven power delivery, it could be something serious like fuel delivery,...

Q: Hesitation when I push the accelerator.

Hi there, The problem you are having is most likely due to the fuel pressure not holding it's static pressure to the injectors. The fuel system needs to hold fuel pressure to the injectors in order for the injector to...

Related articles

How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...