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Brake Disc Pads Problems of Chrysler Pt Cruiser



Chrysler Pt Cruiser owners have reported 16 problems related to brake disc pads (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2005 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 1
Failure Date: 03/01/2012

When replacing front brake pads on my 2005 Pt Cruiser, turbo, I noticed one front rotor had excessive wear, so I needed to purchase two new rotors. I went to o'reilly's auto parts store, and they had everything in stock. After replacing one rotor, I attempted to install the brake pads into the brake pad bracket, but they wouldn't go over the new rotor. After comparing the old rotors to the new ones, I noticed the new ones were much thicker that the old rotors. I went back to o' reilly's with both set of rotors thinking they gave me the wrong rotors. At o' reilly's after looking through thier manuals, they told me that the rotors they gave me are the correct rotors. After further investigation it comes out that my 2005 turbo Pt Cruiser has non- turbo brake parts on it. The rotors, pads, and brake pad brackets are for a standard cruiser. I think Chrysler should be notified, and install the all the correct brake parts that belong on my pt turbo.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 2
Failure Date: 09/02/2010

My Pt Cruiser 2003 has brake fluid contamination because of the contamination my brakes brake pads caliber are messed up haven't got fixed yet.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 3
Failure Date: 03/23/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while the brake was depressed the brake pedal extended to the floor. He experienced the failure numerous times. The dealer replaced the brake pads and rotors four times. The brakes and rotors were replaced on December 21, 2010. The contact had not driven the vehicle since it was repaired. The manufacturer filed two reports #20028521, #19428228, and advised them that they could no longer assist him. The failure mileage was 3,806, and the current mileage was 11,407. Updated 02/09/lj the consumer stated the vehicle has been recalled. Updated 03/09/11.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 4
Failure Date: 02/21/2008

I took our 2006 Chrysler Pt Cruiser back to the dealer for scheduled service and inspection on Feb 21, 2008. The service adviser bruce warren, came to the waiting room to inform me that the front brake pads needed to be replaced. They were down to 5%. I told him to replace them, and said I did not hear any nose from the warning scrapers. He said they do not have them, and the brakes did not go metal to metal. I thought they must be using cheaper pads to go out in 19,000 miles. Bruce came back to inform me that the rotors were below min. Thickness to resurface. I told him to replace them because I needed the car, and I would talk to the service manager the next day. I called the service manager kirk irvine and asked what was going on with my brakes, and am I going to have to replace the pads and rotors every 19000 miles. He said we are having trouble with all the brakes lasting. I told him I want to file a complaint with the Chrysler CO. , and asked for their 800 number. He gave it to me and I called Chrysler, and filed a complaint. The lady taking my call said I may not be contacted. I told the dealer and the corp. Office, that I feel this is a safety problem. How can you feel safe with a car, that it's brake pads wear out in about have the time of normal and without going metal to metal wears out the rotors. If the rotors go first, you may not know when they are dangerously thin. As of this date I have not been contacted by the dealer, or Chrysler. I'm filing this complaint, because if I'm right and action is taken it could save lives.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 5
Failure Date: 09/18/2006

: the contact stated while driving various speeds when depressing the brake pedal, the brakes squealed. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who replaced the front pads and rotors. Also, while driving up hill the vehicle lost speed and intermittently when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle shook. The dealer could not duplicate the problem.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 6
Failure Date: 03/16/2006

: the contact stated the brakes squeaked and brake dust was observed on the hubcaps. The brakes pads have been replaced and the rotors have been turned frequently at every 3,000 miles. The braking capability of the vehicle is defective and causes the vehicle to swerve all over the road. The dealer and the manufacturer determined the brake pads and the rotors are not compatible. Three dealerships and have admitted this is a design defect but because it does not affect the functioning of the brakes they are not qualified to issue a recall. According to the contact this failure does affect the function of the brakes.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2003 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 7
Failure Date: 07/30/2005

On July 30, 2005, I was driving home from work when I suddenly heard a horrible screeching/grinding noise. I managed to get my car to the nearest Chrysler dealership and was informed that there were no rear brake pads left and that there were grooves in the rotor (metal on metal). I recently had my front brakes replaced in may 2005 and the rear brakes were in good condition with 1/2 brake pads left on both sides. I primarily do highway driving so my brakes tend to last long. I was informed that Chrysler uses metallic brake pads on the Pt Cruisers which most manufacturers do not use as it causes much heat and friction when stopping and prematurely wears out the brakes. There was no indication that the rear brake pads were low, there were no noises, squeaking, etc. The only noises I heard were when the brake pads were completely gone and the caliper was digging into the rotors every time I stepped on the brake pedal. I later learned that Chrysler uses wear indicators only on the two front brakes, not the rear. There are no wear indicators on the rear brakes so customers will never know that the rear brakes are getting low until they have no more brake pads left and the caliper starts eating up the rotor. This is a huge safety issue. I routinely have my car inspected (every month). The rear brake pads should have never worn so prematurely in the span of 3 months, considering 95% of my driving is on the highway. Additionally, there is no excuse for not having wear indicators on all 4 brakes. It is unacceptable to be driving around with only 2 front brakes and no rear ones and to not even know it until it is too late!.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2004 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 8
Failure Date: 05/05/2005

Our brakes needed replaced for inspection the company replaced the brake pads we didn't drive more the 15,000 miles and brakes started grinding and making noise they needed replaced again it seems that this has been an ongoing problem with these pt. Cruisers since they were made. Having talked to several owners of this vehicle I have found that this is a major complaint among the owners of Pt Cruisers no matter what year made we still have ours and it has had it's brakes replaced more often than what it was driven we currently have 88,000 on ours and the brakes start this noise then fail after 20,00 miles this appears to be very unsafe it also appears to happen on the left front brake first then moves around. This makes any Pt Cruiser unsafe and they should be recalled to fix the entire brake system before someone dies.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 9
Failure Date: 06/25/2004

Brakes: noticed squealing and lots of brake dust (6/04). Had to replace pads and rotors. After repair, passenger front brake still squeeled. Took back, rotor replaced again. My front right break still squeels and both front brakes are shooting off much break dust. This is very frustrating. I would think after a month the semi-metalic breaks would have been broken in by now.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 10
Failure Date: 01/19/2004

The brake pads failed at 10,000 miles. The brake light illuminated approximately 200 miles later after having them checked there was a loud moaning noise. Found that the pads had cut into the rotors, and the rotor dished was bent very badly. Now at 15000 miles the vehicle needed new brake pads and rotors.


 
car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 11
Failure Date: 12/16/2003

The brakes started making a scratch/grinding sound every time I would come to a stop. There was no difficulty with braking, just the noise. So, I visually inspected them and noticed the front right rotor was worn on the outer edge. I took the vehicle to the local, reputable, tire store and they found the damage to have been caused by a clip that came loose, that is supposed to be part of the brake pad. I have kept the defective part. The car had 26,000 miles, much of those miles were highway driving.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 12
Failure Date: 11/03/2003

Brake warning indicator light started coming on intermittently at 27,000 miles, of which 20,000 of those miles are freeway miles. Took the car to the dealer and was told that the brake pads and rotors were both worn out. I asked for the old parts and saw that the inside pads were nearly gone. When I questioned why 1. ) there was never a warning from the brake pad chirpers and 2. ) the brakes were worn out so soon, I was told by the dealer that Chrysler is using lesser quality materials in the rotors and pads. The dealer also said that only the outside pad has a chirper (a worn pad warning device) and that the inside pad will grind the rotor before the outside pad is worn enough to warn the driver. In other words, you will ruin your brake rotors before you are warned.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 13
Failure Date: 09/19/2003

Front brake pads crystalize requiring rotor replacement every 30000 miles. Brake shop says every pt comes in this way. Rear brakes do not adjust out and the front brakes stay partially engaged. This over heats the brakes causing many components to fail. In addition to the expense of replaceing theese parts, I am worried that I could have a brake system failure leading to a crash.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2002 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 14
Failure Date: 07/10/2003

Brakes needed replacement at approximately every 11,000 miles. The first incident was approximately 11,480 miles, not only the pads needed replacing rotors were worn as well. The dealer did this under warranty stating it was early wear and tear. The second incident was at approx. 22,080 miles, this time it was only the pads but it was caught early when the vehicle lost all power steering fluid because of a break in the hose there were no warning sign of a problem with the brakes or the power steering. And the dealer stated this was not early wear and tear this time so I had to pay for the repair. When I contacted Chrysler with this issue they stated this is normal wear and tear. I may be a woman but I know a thing or two about cars and 11,000 miles for brakes is not "normal' wear and tear!.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 15
Failure Date: 01/22/2003

On 1/22/ 03 we took our 2001 Pt Cruiser (odometer 12,000 miles) into the dealer because the front disc brakes were squealing. We had previously noted that the passenger side front disc brake had locked when we tried to back the car out of the garage. After hitting the brakes several times, the brake finally unlocked. The dealership told us that the front rotors on both sides were grooved and could not be turned because the metal was so thin to begin with that there was not enough to machine even on a brand new rotor. The dealer also told us we didn't need to replace the pads yet, just the rotors. We opted to replace both the pads and the rotors at the time due to the labor costs. It is now 8 months and 5,671 miles later and the brakes are again squealing. We called the dealership to see if they would do something about the problem. They said their hands were tied and they could not help us other than to replace with the same parts. According to the service manager, Chrysler is very much aware there is a problem with the disc brake rotors and premature wear, but they refuse to take any remedial steps. We have the same tires that originally came on the car and they are barely worn indicating we are not the kind of drivers who are hard on a car. The service manager appears to be just a frustrated with Chrysler's lack of attention to this problem as we are. Our only reasonable and intelligible recourse is to have the rotors and pads replaced with after market products. We will not use oem rotors & pads again. This is not normal wear and tear. This is faulty manufacturing or faulty design or both. In checking your website for 2001/2002 Pt Cruisers, we see that several other owners have had the same problems with their disc brakes. This is a safety issue as well as a monetary issue. Please investigate.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser 16
Failure Date: 03/14/2002

Brakes have smelled entire life of vehicle. Brake pads and rotor had to be replaced pre-maturely at 18000 miles. Brakes still smell. Believe that the root cause of the problem was not determined and problem will reoccur. Believe that there is a manufacturer defect with brake assembly or anti-lock brake system. Originally purchase car at robert green cpj, have serviced at salerno cp.