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    brakes - 2002 Chrysler Town & Country - Brakes - 11/14/2011
    What is the cause of brakes do not Release all the time
     
    • yboy82
      11/14/2011 yboy82
      You should have your brake system inspected, it is possible that one or more of your brake caliper pistons are jammed and or your brake caliper mounting pins or bushing are damaged.
  • michael
    michael - 2007 Chrysler Town & Country - Brakes - 11/11/2011
    ABS light on in dash. Does this mean that the ABS sensor needs replaced?
    How do I replace the ABS sensor?
     
    • Spoon Sports
      11/11/2011 Spoon Sports
      Not necessarily, usually a scan is needed to verify. I mean, i know you will be pissed after replacing the ABS sensor and the code doesnt wanna clear right?
      The ABS light comes on when the ABS module detects a fault in the ABS system. There are dozens of component failures and open/shorts in wiring that will set the ABS light, ranging from a faulty wheel speed sensor, open/short in wheel speed sensor wiring harness, faulty hydraulic unit, fault electronic brake control module(EBCM), faulty tone ring,etc. There isnt a relay or reset procedure to turn the light off- it can only be turned off by repairing the fault responsible for turning it on, and then using the factory scan tool to erase the fault code and reset the light.

      While it is possible the majority of the faults to be repaired at home, the fault codes can only br retreived with a diagnostic scanner with ABS capability. This has to be done first in order to know where the problem is to either repair or do further diagnostics to determine if it is a faulty part or a wiring harness issue. If the problem is in the hyrdaulic unit, this would need to be replaced by a shop as it will require bleeding afterwards with a diagnostic scanner.

      I would advise spending the $50-70 to have the on-board computer read for stored ABS fault codes. Considering that most sensors cost that much themselves, you can quickly sink much more than a diagnostic fee into replacing parts based on "what usually goes out" guesses.
  • thompson,mike
    thompson,mike - 1993 Chrysler Concorde - Brakes - 10/28/2011
    How to change rear callipers
    old ones seized
     
    • EG9 K20A3
      10/28/2011 EG9 K20A3
      Park the Concorde on a level surface. Remove two-thirds of the brake fluid from the master brake cylinder in the engine compartment using the turkey baster. Place the fluid in the drain pan for later recycling. Place the wheel chocks in front of the front wheels.

      Jack the Chrysler up with the automobile jack. Place a jack stand under the car near the jacking point and raise it up to the frame. Remove the wheel using the lug wrench.

      Remove the caliper bolts using a socket and ratchet and pull the caliper off the wheel assembly. Secure the caliper to the spring or shock for now with a wire tie. Do not let the caliper hang or you will damage the brake line.

      Pull the rotor off the wheel assembly. Some cars may have retaining clips on the wheel lugs keeping the rotor in place. If your Concorde has these, remove them using the pliers. Put the new rotor on the wheel assembly and secure it with the retaining clips, if present. Cut the wire tie holding the caliper to the spring with the pliers. Place the back side of the caliper into the jaws of the C-clamp with the back brake pad in place. Close the C-clamp by turning it clockwise until the caliper piston seats within the caliper housing. Remove the C-clamp and the brake pads from the caliper.

      Put the new brake pads into the caliper and put the caliper on the wheel assembly. Tighten the caliper bolts using the socket and ratchet. Put the wheel back on the Concorde and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench.

      Remove the jack stand from under the Chrysler and lower the car to the ground. Repeat the process on the other wheel.
  • imran
    imran - 2004 Chrysler 300M - Brakes - 10/25/2011
    Tell me about crysler
    Break prob
     
    • jdl
      10/25/2011 jdl
      What about the brakes? Any abs codes? Have you checked the brake pads? Plenty of brake fluid?
  • Phyllis
    Phyllis - 2000 Chrysler Cirrus - Brakes - 10/13/2011
    What might cause a creaky sound while applying the brakes
    ....while shifting out of 'park'.
     
    • Spoon Sports
      10/13/2011 Spoon Sports
      its the breaks rubbing on the rotor. Try this... shift to neutral then let go of break... then shift to drive. There will not be a squeek, mine does the same thing.
      Spoon Sports
      10/18/2011 Phyllis
      Just wanted to be sure it wasn't more than just an annoyance. So, it can't hurt anything, right?
  • 300
    300 - 2007 Chrysler 300 - Brakes - 10/13/2011
    How much would a abs system cost
     
    • Spoon Sports
      10/13/2011 Spoon Sports
      The 2 major parts of any ABS system is the ABS SPeed Sensor and the ABS module. Speed sensor is cheap the module costs thousands of dollars between $1500 -$2000 to fix it.
    • yboy82
      10/13/2011 yboy82
      Try the AutomD Negotiator ( http://www.automd.com/negotiator/) feature on this site it is free. They will call local shops for the repair that you needed and send the multiple quotes from your local shops. So you can compare job prices within your area.
  • Keith
    Keith - 2008 Chrysler Town & Country - Brakes - 10/8/2011
    Changing rear pads. How to release parking brake cable back to new pad position prior to compressing hydraulic piston
    As the pads wear the cable must reposition, Yes? So that on applying the parking brake the cable is positioned without excessive slack. The shop wants to replace the rear callipers. Surely that's not necessary (?).
     
  • Alex Young
    Alex Young - 2001 Chrysler Town & Country - Brakes - 10/8/2011
    How do I replace the ABS Controller
    I am getting an ECU internal Failure error code 11. I need to replace the unit and have conflicting information that says you can remove the ECU without disconnecting the lines going to the pump. I need to know because I can do it myself if I don't have to open up ...
     
    • Spoon Sports
      10/8/2011 Spoon Sports
      Determine which ABS controller your Chrysler Town & Country will need. You'll want to be sure the new controller is compatible with your make and model of Town & Country. ABS was first featured on the second generation Town & Country introduced in 1991.

      Disconnect the negative battery cable with a socket wrench and raise your vehicle. Locate the ABS controller on the front suspension cradle and integrated with the hydraulic control unit.

      Disengage the wiring harness from the ABS controller by holding the lock on the connector and pulling it away from the connector. You will then be able to remove the connector from its socket in the ABS controller.

      Clean the hydraulic control unit with MOPAR Brake Parts Cleaner or the equivalent. Label and disconnect the brake tubes hydraulic control unit. Remove the bolts that secure the mounting bracket for the hydraulic control unit to the front suspension and remove the mounting bracket. Remove the bolts that mount the hydraulic control unit to the bracket and detach the hydraulic control unit.

      Unplug the pump motor wiring harness and remove the screws that mount the ABS controller to the bottom of the hydraulic control unit. You can now separate the ABS controller from the hydraulic control unit.

      Install the new ABS controller by reversing the removal procedure. Use a torque wrench to tighten the mounting bolts for the ABS controller to 17 inch lbs. Torque the mounting bolts for the hydraulic control unit to 97 inch lbs. and torque the mounting bolts for the hydraulic control unit bracket to 21 feet lbs.

      Complete the installation and bleed the base brake system and the ABS. Test the vehicle to ensure proper operation of both braking systems.
  • andre1
    andre1 - 2007 Chrysler Sebring - Brakes - 9/27/2011
    What could cause brakes to periodically fail.
    When driving you have to sometimes tap the brake pedal twice before it engages.
     
    0 answer
  • coalminer
     
    • CVO
      9/17/2011 CVO
      Inspect the stoplight switch.

      Note: Stoplight switch directs current to the stop lights, cruise control, and shift interlock to turn them on or off
      When not replaced, stop lights will run continually or not function, potentially causing premature bulb failure, safety issues and/or the transmission will not shift out of park
  • Gerald Finley
    Gerald Finley - 2004 Chrysler Pacifica - Brakes - 9/9/2011
    Brakes
    2001 chevy 2500 hd diesel dura max. Abs and brake light on
     
    0 answer
  • ernie smith
    ernie smith - 2007 Chrysler Town & Country - Brakes - 9/2/2011
    Abs light is on in dash
     
    • Spoon Sports
      9/2/2011 Spoon Sports
      If the light is on all the time, it could mean you simply forgot to release the parking (emergency) brake. The brake warning light remains on when the brake is set as a reminder. If the brake warning light remains on when the parking brake is released, then something is amiss.

      In some cases, the brake warning light may remain on if the switch on the parking brake pedal or lever is misadjusted. Nothing is wrong with the brakes and a simple adjustment should fix the problem.

      If the brake warning light comes on when you apply the brakes, or is on continuously, it means that hydraulic pressure has been lost in one side of the brake system or that the fluid level in the master cylinder is dangerously low (due to a leak somewhere in the brake system). In either case, the fluid level in the master cylinder should be checked. Adding brake fluid to the master cylinder reservoir may temporarily solve the problem. But if there's a leak, the new fluid will soon be lost and the warning light will come back on.

      Brake fluid leaks are serious because they may cause the brakes to fail! So avoid driving the vehicle until the system can be inspected to determine what's wrong. Leaks can occur in brake hoses, brake lines, disc brake calipers, drum brake wheel cylinders or the master cylinder itself. Wet spots at hose or line connections would indicate a leak that needs to be fixed.

      Leaking brake fluid can also contaminate the brake linings, causing them to slip or grab. The uneven braking action that results may cause the vehicle to veer to one side when the brakes are applied. Brake shoes or pads that have been contaminated with brake fluid cannot be dried out and must be replaced.

      Brake Warning Light Circuit
      The brake system is divided into two hydraulic circuits. On most rear-wheel drive vehicles, it is divided so one circuit applies the front brakes and the other applies the rear brakes. On front-wheel drive cars and minivans, the system is usually split diagonally. One circuit works the right front and left rear brake, and the other works the left front and right rear brake. This is done for safety purposes so if one circuit loses all its brake fluid and fails, the vehicle will still have one remaining circuit to apply two wheel brakes.

      Usually located on the master cylinder or the brake lines exiting the master cylinder is a "pressure differential" switch. If either brake circuit develops a leak and loses its fluid, the difference in pressure when the brakes are applied will trip the differential switch causing the brake warning light to come on.

      Abs Warning Light
      On vehicles equipped with antilock brakes (ABS), a second warning light is provided to warn if a problem occurs within the ABS system. The ABS lamp comes on when the ignition is turned on for a bulb check, then goes out after the engine starts. If the ABS warning light remains on or comes on while driving, it indicates a fault has occurred in the ABS system.

      What happens next depends on the nature of the fault. On most applications, the ABS system disables itself if the ABS warning light comes on and remains on. This should have no effect on normal braking. Even so, ABS will NOT be available in an emergency situation or when braking on a wet or slick surface.

      CAUTION: If the brake warning light also comes on and remains on while the ABS warning light it on, it signals a serious problem. Your vehicle may not be safe to drive. The brakes and ABS system should be inspected immediately to determine the nature of the problem!

      If the ABS light comes on momentarily then goes out, the nature of the problem is usually minor and the ABS system usually remains fully operational. Some vehicle manufacturers call this kind of fault a "nonlatching" fault (meaning it isn't serious enough to disable the ABS system).

      Regardless of the type of fault that occurred to trigger the ABS warning lamp, a special "code" is recorded in the ABS module's memory to aid in diagnosing the problem. On some vehicles this code can be retrieved by putting the ABS system into a special diagnostic mode. The code is then flashed out through the ABS warning lamp. The code number refers to a diagnostic chart in a service manual that must be followed to pinpoint the faulty component. On other applications, a special "scan tool" must be plugged into the vehicle's diagnostic connector to read out the fault code.

      Diagnosing ABS problems requires a fair amount of knowledge and expertise (as well as special equipment in many applications), so this job is best left to a competent professional
  • Barry
    Barry - 2002 Chrysler 300M - Brakes - 8/31/2011
    I cnnot release the parking brake
     
    • Spoon Sports
      8/31/2011 Spoon Sports
      The cable can build up rust and not release after it is disengaged.

      If you can slightly jack up one or both rear wheels on level ground and put your arm just behind the rear wheel at the axle and you will feel and see several lines going to the back of the wheel.

      One will be a thin steel tube ( hydralic line) NOT IT.
      Another will be a flexible cable going into the plate behind the rear wheel
      THATS IT

      You should be able to see the cables if you get on the ground under the rear bumper. The cables should run arcoss the axle to each wheel.

      Grab it and pull back and forth real hard several times and it should release then do it to the other side. (Don't grab any electrical wires).

      Make sure you have somebody with you when doing this.
  • james scott
    james scott - 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Brakes - 8/17/2011
    How do i take off drum on back brakes shoe
     
    • Spoon Sports
      8/17/2011 Spoon Sports
      Do not apply the parking brake to the PT Cruiser prior to lifting it. This will engage the brake shoes and prevent the removal of the drum.

      Break the rear lug nuts loose with the wheel nut wrench before safely lifting the Cruiser with a car jack. Support the rear of the Cruiser securely on jack stands.

      Remove the rear lug nuts with a wheel nut wrench and then remove the rear wheels.

      Try to remove the drum by hand before proceeding. If there is no side-to-side wiggle of the drum, then it is stuck onto the hub flange. If the drum wiggles side to side but won't come off, then the drum ridge is stuck on the shoes preventing drum removal.

      Spray a stream of penetrating lubricant along the circumference of the wheel hub-to-drum connection. Allow the lubricant a few minutes to soak in and then strike the flat surface of the drum near the hub connection with a hammer until it breaks free. Reposition the drum or strike it in a few different locations on the flat surface until it breaks free.

      Try to remove the drum again by hand. If you cannot, then locate the rubber plug on the top rear of the backing plate and pry it off with a slotted screwdriver.

      Insert a brake spoon adjusting tool in the port until it contacts the star-wheel adjuster.

      Use the star-wheel adjuster to rotate the star-wheel with the brake spoon towards side of the Cruiser facing you. If you go the wrong way, the shoes will get tighter and you won't be able to turn the drum. In this case, all you have to do is reverse the direction of the star-wheel with the brake spoon.




  • Derek
    Derek - 2003 Chrysler Town & Country - Brakes - 8/12/2011
    Emergency brake pedel goes to floor and does not hold.
    I recently releaced the park brake, drove the vehicle and came home and tried to apply the park brake and it make a clicking sound, was not had to push down and now does not hold the vehicle on an incline (My driveway) the brakes still work, just not the emergency ...