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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Dodge Durango - Brakes - 6/27/2014
    Why when I use breaks, why do brakes pulse?
    Brakes pulsating while aplying breaks
     
    • Chevy doctor
      6/27/2014 Chevy doctor
      Your rotors are warped, called excessive lateral runout. Replace rotors unless you decide to machine them.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Dodge Durango - Brakes - 6/27/2014
    Why when I use breaks, why do brakes pulse?
    Brakes pulsating while aplying breaks
     
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  • Greg C.
    Greg C. - 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan - Brakes - 6/25/2014
    Done front pads many times, but have never done rear. Is the process for changing rear pads the same as the front?
    48,000 miles Breaks are squeeling. I changed the front pads (which were worn, but not awful), only to take it for a test drive and still here the squeeling/grinding. It's the back breaks that need work. No lights are on and you only here it when stopping.
     
    • jdl
      6/25/2014 jdl
      With rear disc brakes, the rear caliper piston may screw in not press in. Your local auto store has a tool.
  • Greg C.
    Greg C. - 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan - Brakes - 6/25/2014
    Is changing the rear pads the same process as the front or is there more to it?
    I've changed front pads many times, but have never done any rear work.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 6/22/2014
    Car front wheels making grinding noise but have plenty of brake pad !!!
    ussaully happens when turnning
     
    • carhauler
      6/22/2014 carhauler
      First place to check is the front wheel bearings . When you turn it puts more stress on them and if one is starting to go bad you'll hear it more when turning . Start there .
  • Amanda
    Amanda - 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan - Brakes - 6/19/2014
    No brake or turn signals outside, signals work inside
    The fuse is good, changed the control module & odometer head. I checked with power meter, power is getting inside, but no outside. What is wrong?
     
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  • steve
    steve - 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 - Brakes - 6/17/2014
    Why am i leaking brake fluid from my rear right drum
    130,000 miles i did a visual inspection and found brake fluid under the right rear tire after my ABS light came on thin it went off but still leaking fluid from just that spot
     
    • bear.1216
      6/17/2014 bear.1216
      You likely have a leaking wheel cylinder. The rear brake shoes are most likely contaminated with brake fluid. You will have to remove the drum to assess the damage. But I suspect you will need a complete rear brake job at this point. Including new shoes, hardware kit and wheel cylinders. Also you will have to resurface or replace the drums and bleed the brakes after replacing the cylinders. Make sure to do both sides.
  • 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.