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  • James Byrd
    James Byrd - 2009 Dodge Journey - Brakes - 5/17/2014
    Why do the front wheels and the steering wheel vibrate when the brakes are applied?
    The Journey has approx 140,000 miles on it and the brake rotors have been changed 5 or 6 times since I purchased the vehicle new in June 2008. The last set of rotors installed on the Journey were the drilled and slotted performance rotors. This, supposedly, was to ...
     
    • Chevy doctor
      5/17/2014 Chevy doctor
      Rotors warp as the heat up and cool down. Once the are warped the runout of trueness is felt through the pedal when braking. Make sure caliper slides move freely. Also there is usually guides that the pads sit in. They need to be free of rust. I usually use a pad guide lubricant to keep pads moving freely and smooth in there guides or clips. Make sure your ball joints are also good. To much play will cause wheel contribute to your pulsation issue.
  • James Byrd
    James Byrd - 2009 Dodge Journey - Brakes - 5/17/2014
    Why do the front wheels and steering wheel vibrate when I apply the brakes?
    My Journey has approx 140,000 miles on it and the rotors and brakes have been replaced five times since I purchased the vehicle new in June 2008. The last set of rotors replaced on the Journey were drilled and slotted to reduce heat and friction build up that, ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Dodge Neon - Brakes - 5/14/2014
    Rear Brake lights stay on after shutting car off and/or hours later come back on by themselves. Result is dead battery.
    After I shut car off, I have to get out & check to see if rear brake lights are still on because nothing shows on the dash lights. I tap brake peddle & brake lights go out. Then sometimes I will notice hours later that the brake lights have somehow come back on by ...
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/14/2014 GT500Knights
      Perhaps brake light switch is misadjusted? When you step on the brake, the brake switch closes, finishing the circuit for the brake lights.
    • jdl
      5/14/2014 jdl
      For the brake lites, I'd have to check the brake lite circuit at the brake switch, when the problem is ongoing. I can't tell at the moment, if your brake switch or brake pedal is adjustable?

      When battery voltage is lost it can cause system problems. I'd check voltage and ground for instrument cluster. Check for applicable trouble codes. Go from there.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 - Brakes - 4/29/2014
    Replaced rotors,calipers , master cylinder and pads . bench bled master cylinder .bled brakes . wont charge. help
    started at right rear and worked to driver front bleeding .three different times. still wont charge .getting no air bubbles when I bleed brakes.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/20/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I never heard the word "charged" used to describe attaining a brake pedal. I assume you mean that the pedal sinks to the floor after bleeding? I want to know if there was a problem with the pedal before you did this work?
      HouseCallAuto
      4/21/2014 AutoMD Member
      you are correct , attain brake pedal . there was no problem before I did work . also when I pump brake pedal quickly around 5 or 6 stimes the brake pedal feels good and brakes engage very well . when I let off on brake pedal it goes to floor, looses pressure.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/21/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Confirm that there is no chance that the caliper positions are reversed. Left on right and right on left (probably not but have to ask)
      Confirm that there is no leak from a rusted through line which would be really common on an 02 Ram pickup. Don't assume, take a look at the full length of the steel brake lines that run down the driver side of the frame from front to rear.
    • AutoMD Member
      4/27/2014 AutoMD Member
      how do you know if calipers are reversed ( right on left and left on right ) ? also checked for leaks and there are none ., and re bled brakes to confirm , and there is no air in lines
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/27/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Bleeder screws would be in the highest position if correct and they would be low if on wrong.
    • AutoMD Member
      4/29/2014 AutoMD Member
      if your car/truck is at high milleage and you dont see leaks in master....doesnt mean it isnt happening...be aware of the smell of brake fluid smell when driving...it can be a very small leak....look inside your vehicle by pedal for internal leaks if not outside. if not that...might be brake booster.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/29/2014 HouseCallAuto
      When a vacuum brake booster fails it cannot fail in a way that would cause the pedal to go to the floor unless the pushrod had fallen out during the master cylionder replacement, but if that were the case then there would have been no flow at all during bleeding. I jumped in here to state that so that he does not go and by an expensive brake booster that will definitely not solve his problem.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/30/2014 AutoMD Member
      Thank You Housecallauto , the problem is fixed . I had right on left and left on right. your help is very much appreciated . . take care.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 4/25/2014
    Wagner Rotors Identification
    My service technician said i needed new rotors and he recommended Wagner brand for my Dodge Dakota truck. When I got the vehicle back the rotors did not look new although I was charged for new ones. I believe he may have resurfaced my stock rotors and simply charged ...
     
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  • Troy Mithchell
    Troy Mithchell - 2002 Dodge Caravan - Brakes - 3/26/2014
    What happens if your emergency trans brake lock is on and you are trying to drive
    Van locks up when I try to drive or back up, it will move forward for a few seconds then come to a holt like I stepped on the brakes and it does the same when I try to back up
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - Brakes - 3/10/2014
    Rotor removal/ rear disc brakes.
    I am trying to remove the rear rotors from my van. I am having a hard time getting them off. Are the rotors supposed to just simply pull straight off the hub or is there something that is holding it into place?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/10/2014 HouseCallAuto
      There is nothing holding them other than rust and oxidation causing binding. Spray penetrating oil around the hub. Most times I am replacing rotors. If that is the case then smack em with a 3lb sledge hammer out toward the edge and they will come off but they will not be reuseable after the hammer strike most likely. There *might* be two 8mm threaded holes that can be used to thread in an 8mm bolt that pushes the rotor away from the hub. many cars have this but cannot remember of Caravan has.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1991 Dodge Dynasty - Brakes - 2/15/2014
    Brakes seem stuck at random times.
    I've only had the car since November and the car has about 130,000 miles on it. The last month or so I've been having an issue. I don't really know anything about cars so forgive me if I seem like I have no idea what I'm talking about... i don't. I noticed that ...
     
    • Jimm
      2/14/2014 Jimm
      Typically, the issue as you have described is due to these possibilities; dirty / contaminated brake fluid (flush and drain the brake system and replace with new fluid), sticking / corroded brake calipers (often due to the contaminated fluid), collapsed flexible brake hoses at the front calipers.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/14/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Replace both front brake calipers, brake pads, brake hoses and both rotors.
    • Jimm
      2/15/2014 Jimm
      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front brake pads set (both sides) from around $5.00, the front brake caliper from around $10.00 (each), the front brake rotor from around $13.00 (each), and the front brake flexible hose from around $3.90 for your vehicle.
  • LETTY
    LETTY - 1999 Dodge Caravan - Brakes - 1/14/2014
    When i brake it harden and make air noise when i make a complete stop it turn off
    the van turn off when i make complete stop and i push down on the brakes their hard and make a noise like aIR DODGE PLYMOUTH VAN 1999
     
    • david
      1/14/2014 david
      brake booster is bad
    • david
      1/14/2014 david
      May be a broken vacumn hose to the booster
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Dodge Caravan - Brakes - 1/4/2014
    What makes my tire lock?
    My rear tire locked doesn't move what could me making that happen?
     
    • CVO
      1/4/2014 CVO
      Check the rear brake hose tire, it must be plugged up and the brake fluid pressure doesn't release the rear brake mechanism.
  • rebecca markcum
    rebecca markcum - 2012 Dodge Challenger - Brakes - 12/5/2013
    Brake/rotor wear 4 month old car
    2012 sat on lot1 yr I purchased it 4 months ago,had brake problems at first service ,told dodge they said it was nothing now second service dodge tells me i need to replace pads and rotors or turn them car has 10,000 miles on it,100 miles at purchase.crysler said i ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The warranty clock should begin when the vehicle goes into service. call the main Chrysler complaint number and file a complaint. It should be covered. You only had this car 4 months. You have to ask the dealer who to complain to.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1988 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 11/23/2013
    Brakes dragging so bad cant move truck
    there is a height sensoring valve in front of the left rear wheel that seams to be my problem not sure what the adjustment procedure is on this and the valve is a discontenued part what can I do or is there any way to by-pass this
     
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  • Ken K
    Ken K - 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan - Brakes - 11/14/2013
    Why do my brakes seize during heavy stop/go traffic jams but work well otherwise?
    Calipers have been checked for proper function and all moving parts have been cleaned and lubed properly. Rotors and pads have been replaced. Brakes continue to work well after they cool off but calipers seize during prolonged stop & go traffic jams. Fluid looks ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/13/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Please describe in more detail what you mean by seize? This word is vague when used to describe brakes. tell me in several sentences what it is you feel and / or hear. When an engine fails, it is seized as in the engine can no longer rotate. Perhaps you are trying to describe brakes that are "grabbing" meaning too sensitive when rolling at low speeds like 1 or 2 or 3 mph?
      HouseCallAuto
      11/14/2013 Ken K
      By "seize" I mean that they are VERY tight and the vehicle requires a LOT of extra gas pedal to even move. This happened over 15 to 25 miles of constant stop/go traffic. I don't "ride the brakes" but the effect might be similar but more severe. Hence I am wondering if the brakes are slow to release because it doesn't happen normally in the small town where we live but we don't have the big traffic jams either. A slow release would mean the brakes would essentially always be "on" to some degree.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/14/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Ok I understand now. The brakes are dragging. First suspicion would go to the front calipers and brackets. An infrared thermometer (they are not expensive) would tell you which wheel is binding by reading temperature.
      HouseCallAuto
      11/14/2013 Ken K
      Both hubs seemed to be very, very hot. Too hot to touch. Heat very perceptible several inches from wheel. Also, I have heard that the pads sometimes fit too tight in the saddle. I will check to make certain they move easily.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/14/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If you don't see anything frozen at either caliper, try placing a shim washer behind each mounting ear of the master cylinder. You don't have to undo any lines to do that. See if the problem seems gone or same.
      HouseCallAuto
      11/15/2013 Ken K
      Done but won't know if this corrects the problem until we venture into big city traffic again. Thanks for all your help!!
  • dmboek
    dmboek - 1999 Dodge Durango - Brakes - 11/12/2013
    1999 dodge durango abs fault code 84 & 65 brake lisght and abs light stay on
    I sent in the Control module and repair on it was made. Problem persist, one mechanic said the vin numer was not programed into the repaired module. Has anyone heard of this? I back up out of the driveway both lights go off driving forward in a turn breaking and ...
     
    • 1stopfix
      11/12/2013 1stopfix
      is the power to abs sensor in the rear diff if so try replacing
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 - Brakes - 11/12/2013
    Brakes pulls when stopping
    replaced front pads,clipers, hoses and still pulls when stopping
     
    • 1stopfix
      11/11/2013 1stopfix
      re check calipers could be defective one. drums in rear or disc check adjustment if drum
      1stopfix
      11/12/2013 AutoMD Member
      did that still pulls...what eles could it be...the right front caliper feels to tight wheel does not speen as freely as the left??
    • 1stopfix
      11/12/2013 1stopfix
      crack open the bleeder does it change . are the pads stuck in the saddle are the shims and hard ware new if not rust free . if so how does it spin with everything off wheel bearing can be binding up . is the correct rotor /pads. i know there replaced in pairs just eliminating obvious first. check pressure off master cylinder and all air is out of lines any left when replacing calipers or hoses would create one side to work more than the other
 
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