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Brake Disc Caliper Problems of Chrysler Town & Country - part 1



Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 69 problems related to brake disc caliper (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 1
Failure Date: 09/14/2014

A accident has not been caused as of yet. We had the back bakes completely overhauled last year becuase they were ceased causing loss of presure in the bake system. Brakes had to be pumped before you could come to a complete stop. Caliper, pads, rotors and brake adapter were all replace. We picked up the van 10/1/14 after having this done. Here it is 9/15 and the back calipers have already ceased, causing the rotors to warp again. The whole system will have to be replaced again. This is obviously caused by a design flaw in the braking system!.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 2
Failure Date: 07/21/2014

Took vehicle in to my shop to service rear brakes, they were grinding. I expected to have to replace pads and rotors. We hadn't done it in the 40k miles we've owned it and didn't have it's service history prior to that. The mechanic found the rear brakes had been frozen closed for "a long time. " due to this, he said temps had gotten so hot back there that the brake hoses were extremely warped and the brake fluid had turned to sludge. I had to replace the hoses, calipers, pads, and rotors and flush the brake system fluid. I'm worried had this continued we would have been in a situation where we couldn't stop or we could have had a fire.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 3
Failure Date: 07/10/2014

Chrysler knows the breaking system on its 2010 (and other model years) is defective but they refuse to provide a solution to it's customers. The brake pads and calipers are not large enough for the vehicles size and weight which causes the brakes to overheat and warp the rotors in a very short period. This leads to brake pedal pulsation and excessive dangerous steering wheel shake which can cause an accident. My particular vehicle has had multiple sets of pads, rotors and calipers replaced during the warranty period and now that the vehicle is out of warranty I find myself having to pay for brake parts/service out of my own pocket. This vehicle only has 33,000 miles on it and it shouldn't have had any brake work yet but instead, it's had multiple brake services. Please make Chrysler issue a recall for the brakes on these vehicles and require Chrysler to redesign the system with new parts as opposed to the same defective replacement parts.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country 4
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

2012 Chrysler Town & Country. Consumer writes in regards to rear brake problems. The consumer stated the problem was the rear brakes wearing out before or at the same time as the front brakes. The rear calipers failed and caused the rear pads to become metal-to-metal and locked up the rotors.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 5
Failure Date: 06/27/2014

Exiting freeway ramp, made a sharp right turn, alerted by vehicle passing by that my rear brakes were visibly on fire. Pulled over exited the vehicle where rear brakes where still smoking. Car towed to service station where the vehicle was deemed non-driveable due to the complete searing of the rear brake pads, calipers, rotors, and rear tires. This was an extremely frightening experience as I thought that the town and country was labeled as one of the safest Mini vans.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 6
Failure Date: 06/20/2014

Brake pads replaced at 44,000 miles. At 46,000 miles the brakes started vibrating the entire car (like abs pulsating x10) regardless of speed. Dealer found locked caliper pins which had warped the rotors on the left side. This is a common problem. So common that chrylser decided to post a bulletin, instead of a recall because they haven't put enough thought into the issue to find an effective fix. Meanwhile, my family's safety is in jeopardy.


car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 7
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated while at a complete stop, a strong burning odor emitted from the brakes. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the failure was contributed to both rear brakes sticking. The rear brakes and calipers were replaced. In addition, there was a leak in the rear air conditioner evaporator. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 8
Failure Date: 04/28/2014

On 8/3/13 (or within a day or two of that date), I took the car to the dealership. The car had less than 36,000 miles on it. It needed the rear brakes replaced, and there was uneven wear between the r & l brakes. Dealership replaced brakes and calipers on both rear wheels. Have felt some pulsing when breaking, have been getting a horrid burning smell when driving, can feel extreme heat from lr wheel after driving. Took to dealer. 4/28/14 rear brakes again have uneven wear (l 6mm; r 8mm) lr outboard brake pad backing clip dislodged and contacting rotor. Lip is damaged. Removed lr caliper and found pads frozen in caliper bracket. Aproximately 8 months since both were replaced by dealership; and apx. 12,000 miles put on the car. Rotors were damaged as well and had to be replaced. Had to put new adapter brackets on the van, because the oem ones were causing brakes to seize up - per dealership. Dealership all for fixing problem, and so is Chrysler, as long as you are willing to pay for the repairs for their defective and design flawed brakes.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country 9
Failure Date: 04/11/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle started to jerk violently. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the front passenger side brake caliper seized and caused sing smoke to emit from the tires. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician verified the failure and stated that the caliper, rotors and brake pads needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was mileage was 129,628 and the current mileage was 129,698.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 10
Failure Date: 10/17/2013

Heard loud howling noise right rear, psi up to 39, wheel overheated. Went to dealer, right rear brake caliper seized. I was told had to replace both left and right sides?!! cost me $742. 90.


 
car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 11
Failure Date: 07/01/2013

2011 Chrysler Town & Country. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle rear brake pads problem. The consumer stated he heard an ongoing screeching noise coming from the vehicle. An inspection revealed the rear brake pads had seized in the slides, and the rear brake pads and rotors had to be replaced. The calipers and slides were serviced.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country 12
Failure Date: 06/05/2013

(the following is quoted from the dealer work sheet): "c/s while driving was pulled over by another motorist and was told that smoke was coming from right rear wheel area. Has heard rubbing noise from this area previous to this event. (note that no action was taken this first time. Vehicle had approx. 1,000 miles) check and advise. Test drove check for TSB and rack and inspected: found both rear brakes got hot. Caliper(s) are sticking. (had this problem occurred on a freeway at 60 - 70 mph it could well have been a very different outcome. ) replace rear brakes, pads, rotors and calipers. " an ironic side ;note: we were provided with a 2011 Chrysler 200 VIN: 1c3bc4fb1bn553721 with 34,972 miles. As we were returning this vehicle I had to make a fast stop. And the right front brake made grinding noise and locked up momentarily. I reported this to the same dealer. . . .

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 13
Failure Date: 03/23/2013

I bought the minivan used 11/2012 - 3/2013 brakes were acting up grinding metal to metal - had a friend who does shop work look at them - ended up replacing both rear calipers, drums and brakes -June 2013 started doing the same thing - had same friend look at them - pads were gone after only 3 months, he replaced them again - they were smoking, had to have it towed to dealership - they refused to do anything as I had an unlicensed repair done - so I paid again to have them replace the calipers, rotors, drums and brakes in rear - my car is in shop again today for rear calipers, rotors and brakes - it's 4/2014 - this is a huge safety issue for repeat concerns with brakes - dealership is unable to tell me why this keeps repeating -.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 14
Failure Date: 03/11/2013

The parking brake pull off spring on the right rear wheel snapped in half. This caused the parking brake to remain engaged even after it was disengaged by the driver from the driver's seat. The right rear brake assembly (caliper, rotor, disc pads) overheated. Driver noticed loud clicking noise coming from right rear wheel after completing short trip. The noise apparently was from the expansion/contraction of the very hot metal dust cover around the brake assembly. Spouse found broken spring hanging from right rear parking brake assembly and installed temporary spring until new part came in the next day. Mopar part# 68039257aa (spring-parking brake). Spouse ordered second new spring figuring same thing might happen to left rear brake. On backorder. Chrysler Town & Country limited with 4. 0l v-6 and towing package. Owner still has old spring in possession.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country 15
Failure Date: 03/05/2013

The contact owns a 2011 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that the rear driver" side brake was making a loud abnormal sound. The contact stated that he replaced the calipers on the same wheel several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 32,000 and the current mileage was 55,000. Updated 8/19/cn.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 16
Failure Date: 02/16/2013

Burning rubber smell around the rear brake area. Took it in to the dealer immediately and they determined 2 problems. The caliper d's were bad which was covered under warranty and the brakes were bad and had to be replaced. This is approximately our tenth Chrysler van we have leased and never have we had to replace the brakes.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 17
Failure Date: 01/08/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler town and country. The contact stated that the vehicle emitted a strong burning rubber odor while at a local mechanic for a routine oil change. The mechanic inspected vehicle and located the failure at the front calipers, which were stuck to the rotors. The calipers, rotors and the brake shoe were replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 70,000.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 18
Failure Date: 08/27/2012

Bought this car from car max 4 months ago and 4 weeks ago had the front pads, rotors, and calipers replaced. The car was shaking violently when breaking. As it turned out, the inner right front brake pad warped due to excessive heat. It warped in its slot in the caliper. . . Bending backward toward the caliper piston. After it cooled it was not applying force evenly to the rotor and that is what caused the shaking. Ok so I have it all replaced and runs ok except for on several occasions when exiting the vehicle we noticed what I would call excessive heat by the tires. Today my wife drives home from work and a few errands and upon exiting the vehicle she notices flames coming from the left front tire area. I douse them with a hose and then do a google search to see if other 2008 Chrysler town and country owners have had any problems like this. I am blown away by the inordinate large number of complaints being filed regularly since 2008. Almost all of them are complaining about the braking system on this vehicle. It is undersized for the size and weight of this vehicle. Many owners had to replace everything I had too and some several times a year. Chrysler seems unwilling to do anything and this is serious my whole house could have burned down.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 19
Failure Date: 06/14/2012

Routine brake change after four months brakes were down to metal. Changed brakes again realized calipers must be sticking. While driving down hills in the mountains brakes began to smoke and had difficulty stopping.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 20
Failure Date: 03/16/2012

The egr valve has failed resulting in the check engine light coming on. Now the right rear brake caliper has seized causing the brakes to smoke.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 21
Failure Date: 10/26/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country. The contact was driving 45 mph when burning fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The contact stated that after inspecting the vehicle it appeared that the burning smell was coming from the wheels. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the rear driver side caliper froze and burned the brakes and rotors. As a result, the brakes, rotors and calipers needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 30,274.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country 22
Failure Date: 09/14/2011

Right rear caliper haning up. Needed rear calipers, pads,and rotors . Front wheel brakes ok.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Chrysler Town & Country 23
Failure Date: 09/07/2011

I purchased this 2009 new, and was surprised the tires were almost bald near 28000 miles. I also had front brakes replaced for warped rotors. My mechanic at Chrysler insisted it was "normal wear" & insulted my wife. We now have 80,000 miles on the van & replaced the rotors approximately every year- 5000 miles or less. I have spent $2000 on brakes (rotors and pads) not including labor ! the warped rotors have again returned & my wife is terrified to drive on the freeway due to the shaking when brakes applied at 55 mph. I feel this is a safety issue as the vehicle shakes violently at 55 mph and braking is poor. I have read several hundred blogs of similar complaints on the 2008-2010 t&c vans. It is a design flaw where a plastic piston in the caliper over heats. Poor chinese parts are used. This is a dangerous condition. I have been a faithful Chrysler owner since 1975. Where's the recall ??.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 24
Failure Date: 08/10/2011

The contact owns a 2010 Chrysler town and country. The contact heard a noise coming from the rear end of the vehicle and took it to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer stated the rear brakes failed and the rear rotor, pads and calipers had to be replaced. The contact stated the failure was a manufacturers defect. The failure mileage on the vehicle was 22,000 and the current mileage was 26,000.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country 25
Failure Date: 08/01/2011

Left rear brake howling. It has gotten worse to now where the ld bake caliper and rotor must be replaced. The right rear is likely not working as the rotor is rusty. The front brake pads are 1/2 or more worn out. The car has only 9400 miles on it. Chrysler says the 36 month warranty has expired and I am now totally responsible. Less than 10,000 miles and the brakes are shot! .

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