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  • 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
    0 answer
  • 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?
      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.
      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.
      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
      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
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 11/8/2013
    All new front brake parts. Rotors, Cllipers and Pads
    bleed brakes and flushed lines and, master cylindes too
  • nilo
    nilo - 2001 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 10/22/2013
    Front brake pads are newly installed but abrupt braking and noise is observed specially in low speed.
    Some say its defective calipers and pistons, others say its the vacuum booster
    0 answer
  • noemipadro
    noemipadro - 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 - Brakes - 9/26/2013
    ABS Light and Brake Light intermittently turn on and off.
    What could be the problem?
    0 answer
  • ssweeneync
    ssweeneync - 2011 Dodge Avenger - Brakes - 9/12/2013
    After driving car 20 miles every morning feel clicking in steering and hear clicking after using brakes
    The steering feels like it has a small viabration in it. It takes driving 20 miles before you feel or hear clicking noise. Have already replace rotors, pads and lower control arms. Done by Auto repair shop. They have no clue to what could be do it.
    0 answer
  • gcub864
    gcub864 - 1998 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 8/22/2013
    What's going on with my brakes?
    There is a grinding sound when bringing the vehicle to a halt. I can also feel some vibration and the brake pedal.
    • CVO
      8/22/2013 CVO
      Worn brake pads ( down to the metal ) will collide with the disc rotors and it will make this grinding sound. Check the brakes.
  • Tina
    Tina - 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan - Brakes - 8/19/2013
    Abs light came on what could be wrong?
    Abs light came on what could be wrong?
    • CVO
      8/19/2013 CVO
      A dirty ABS wheel sensor or broken wiring to the sensor can cause the system to trigger the ABS light during your ABS computer's self evaluation cycle.
      Or use this OTC 9450 OBDII Scan Tool, ABS and SRS Code Reader to retrieve the fault codes for an accurate trouble-shooting.
      See this
  • frank.f053
    frank.f053 - 1993 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 8/6/2013
    TSB'S and Recalls, is the Chrysler Corporation responsible to replace all at their own costs?
    What exactly does TSB'S and Recalls mean to me the owner of the vehicle? And, is the Chrysler Corporation responsible to replace and fix all TSB'S and Recalls at it's own costs?
    • Jimm
      7/29/2013 Jimm
      Technical Service Bulletins, or TSBs, are recommended procedures for repairing vehicles. Not to be confused with recalls, a TSB is issued by a vehicle manufacturer when there are several occurrences of an unanticipated problem. TSBs can range from vehicle-specific to covering entire product lines and break down the specified repair into a step-by-step process. While sometimes written by engineers employed by OEM's, the majority are authored by the first automotive technician to come up with a repair procedure. Because certain problems may have more than one cause or there are sometimes more than one way to fix a problem, it's somewhat common for there to be more than one TSB for the same problem.

      One major difference between a recall and a TSB in the automotive industry is that a recall usually evolves out of safety issues at the behest of an organization like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The ensuing recall maintenance/repair work is usually done at no charge to the car owner, regardless of the car's warranty status. Dealers are usually under no mandate to call in cars for which there are TSBs to do the related repairs. Nor is there an obligation to do the TSB repairs for free or at reduced charges to the owner.
    • cuke1225
      8/6/2013 cuke1225
      Jimm, When it comes to TSB'S and recalls, You have have two different beasts altogether. First the recall. A recall is issued either by the manufacturer or by the NHTS and if the recall is safety related it is usually in place for the life of the vehicle. If the recall is non safety related there may be a mileage stipulation as to how long the issue is covered under the recall umbrella. The manufacturer or the NHTS can create a recall. The cost of a safety recall is the burden of the manufacturer. It is unlawful to for any franchise dealer to sell a new or used vehicle if that vehicle has any unperformed (outstanding) recalls , The recall repairs must be done before the vehicle can be delivered!!

      A Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) is created by the manufacturer when a recurring issue presents itself to a specific model vehicle, There are multiple purposes for creating a TSB and one example is to save the technician diagnostic time by having them check for this particular issue mentioned in the bulletin. Because the driver is describing something very similar to the TSB, A TSB is NOT a recall! A TSB is covered under the factory warranty, IE: if the bulletin is in the part of the transmission that has a 50k factory warranty then the bulletin will be covered by the factory for the same amount of miles and time. . If your vehicle has no factory warranty left then the factory will NOT pay for a TSB. Some aftermarket warranty companies will not cover TSB repairs and some will.
      8/6/2013 Jimm
      cuke1225 I think this information was already stated previously as the differences between the technical service bulletin (TSB = no obligation by the mfg) and the recall (obligation by the mfg) and the reasons / definitions given.
      One point of clarification - a TSB may or may not be covered under the vehicle factory warranty - it depends on the nature of the service bulletin.
  • vmilagre
    vmilagre - 2008 Dodge Nitro - Brakes - 7/31/2013
    Porque que o meu carro, quando atinge a velocidade acima dos 120 KM/H, apos travagem abana a direccao.
    Para a categoria " Motor", porque que o meu carro trabalha bem em relantin e em marcha a uma certa velocidade parece que o motor esta a engasgar como se faltasse alimentacao numa das velas. Fiz um diagnostico com a maquina e o registo diz que esta tudo OK
    • Jimm
      7/29/2013 Jimm
      Que? En ingles, por favor.
      7/29/2013 CVO
      Rotores Warped podrían causar el viraje para agitar después de frenar.
    • vmilagre
      7/31/2013 vmilagre
      Why let My Car When the speed reaches above the 120 km / h, after braking shakes his direction.
      In the category "Motor".

      Why is My Car has a good work at acceptable speeds when stationary.

      But ongoing pulling for him, looks like it has some hiccups candle that does not work or some cylinder to fail
      I made a diagnosis with the machine, and machine diagnostics features everything OK.
  • newpryce
    newpryce - 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 - Brakes - 7/30/2013
    Brake controller install
    How would I go about figuring out if my 08 ram only needs a brake controller. It has the 7 pin plug in the bumper. Some stuff says if the plug is the all i need is the controller and the special plug from the controller to the blue plug under the dash. Others says ...
    • John's Auto Repair
      7/18/2013 John's Auto Repair
      John's Auto Repair
      7/18/2013 newpryce
      I was asking how to know if the wiring for trailer brakes were hooked up or if the wiring was just there. The brake controllers I have looked at the install instruction if installed on my make and year that everything is wired up just plug and go.. But places like shops say that the wiring is just there and not hooked up.
    • frankiedonnn
      7/30/2013 frankiedonnn
      I suppose it wouldn't do any harm to plug the trailer in and see if the lights operate.Or use a multimeter and check for voltage.But what would it take away from the manufacturers if they had connected them? I ponder.
  • jimkellerman
    jimkellerman - 1980 Dodge B300 - Brakes - 7/27/2013
    I am completing my rear brake job, on a 1977 F 30 Sportsman van motorhome, it is a brougham. Concerning the hub nut.
    I am not sure what the torque specs are for the inner and outer nut. Jim- a general mechanic.
    • Jimm
      7/27/2013 Jimm
      Rotate wheel and tighten locknut until drag is felt at wheel. Back off 1/6 turn to zero or just
      perceptible endplay. Install lock washer and jambnut. Without turning locknut, tighten jambnut
      to 35-65 ft-lbs/41-88 Nm. Bend tabs of lock washer over both locknut and jambnut.
  • brienboone
    brienboone - 2002 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 7/18/2013
    When turning on right turn signal both right and left blink for a couple seconds then the left will stop ,
    left brake won,t come on then it will these symtoms come and go
    • John's Auto Repair
      7/18/2013 John's Auto Repair
      Sounds like you have a bad ground to one of the rear bulb sockets. Also it could be that right rear
      bulb is shorted internally since one filament is for parking lights and the other is for brake