replaced brakes and struts, what a pain!
I just replaced the front and rear struts, and brake pads/rotors, on my wife's 2011 jeep patriot with 40k miles. It went ok, just took me forever because I'm slow as molasses and just bought the struts (had to compress the springs). What I noticed was that the old struts all seemed just fine. I had a heck of a time getting rear struts back in, had to watch a youtube video of someone doing it with a dodge caliber (removed the rear endlink and another big bolt (sorry, don't know what is called), and then the whole lower arm falls down making it easier). The brake pads also did not need changing, had 50% life left. I followed the South Main Auto youtube advice on cleaning the brake calipers, especially where the metal clips go into, and greasing that area, even beneath the metal clips, and putting in new metal clips. I also greased the caliper pins, both on front, but only 1 on the rear because the other rear one could not be removed unless you first remove the brake line (and I did not have a banjo(?) fitting for replacement). I was fairly pissed that the engineers would design it that way, and seriously doubt any repair shop would re-grease those caliper pins due to being such a pain. The only place that really needed attention was the rear caliper, had kind of stuck and was not sliding. Oh, and I was unpleasantly surprised to see how much general rust had started to appear, probably due to the last 2 winters of road salt here in NJ.