Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 84 problems related to brake disc caliper (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chrysler Town & Country based on all problems reported for the Town & Country.
I smelled something burning on the driver's side of the vehicle. After driving a short distance (15 minutes) I found the tire was very hot. The car had previously been inspected 3 weeks prior, had brake pads replaced, and inspection detected no issues. Had car taken to mechanic and found a brake hose failed resulting in caliper not releasing. Brake hose and brake pad needed replaced. This is unusual for a car with only 67000 miles.
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Vehicle sporadically shut off while driving with no warning causing it to loose braking and steering. . . Gotta be very fast to get it restarted. . . Done had a lot of near misses. . . . Vehicle can sit over night and loose all power and want start or may drive it some miles shut it off and it want start. . . Done bought new battery but think my battery was ok they just wanted the sell because it's doing basically the same thing. . . It start with a one minute or less boost. . . I have to check it with my auto start to see if I am going anywhere or to use my wife car. . . At times I get a grinding sound from front breaks. . I check the pads and they ok grinding come and goes. . . Rear disc brakes wears unevenly dealer hush hush. . . No recall defective calipers. . . Told me it's over now you gotta pay to have it fix now . . . Map lights come on with a disturbing noise fault showing passenger door agar but it closed tight. . . Eventually it stops. . . L love my van if engineers could fix some of the problems because it's dangerous and expensive up against what next problems and ill feel guilty selling it to someone and something happens to them. . . It's at the point where I am really afraid to drive it with it shutting off with no controls braking nor steering(help) but I still love my van. . . Can y'all please fix it. . .
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For the second time since owning the car I had to replace both rear brake calipers, because they seized up and the rear brakes were not working at all, causing the front pads to wear excessively. I feel this is a design defect, undersized calipers/brakes that heat up excessively, causing them to seize. I drive on flat NJ highways, so there is no mountain driving involved, that could overheat the brakes. The first time, each sized failed separately and this results in a safety hazard, as if just 1 seizes, both rear brakes do not work. There is no indication of the failure, other than it feeling funny, when you brake. I find hundreds of people complaining about this same issue on websites like lemonlaw. Com.
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The contact owns a 2013 Chrysler town and country. While driving at an unknown speeds, a roaring noise was heard from the rear of the vehicle without warning. The contact looked underneath the vehicle and noticed that the rear brake pads were worn, metal to metal and caused the rear calipers to stick. The contact, who was an independent mechanic, replaced the brake pads and called several unknown dealers to purchase the rear calipers, however, none of the dealers had calipers in stock. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact stated that the brakes were not fully repaired due to lack of parts. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.
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My brakes seem to last from 20,000 to 30,000 miles. Replacement pads are under a one year warranty and those are free when they need replaced. However, after some research, it is the caliper design that is causing this issue. Guide rods need to be constantly greased to avoid sticking. I have seen the brakes smoking a bit a few times and rims feel really hot to the touch due to brakes dragging. Caliper upgrade to the hd 2 piston design seems to fix the issue in newer models. Tired of putting on brakes once a year and this also causes poor gas mileage. Van has 127,000 miles on it currently.
In one month our brakes have locked up on us while driving. This past time, a "flash flame" sparked, went out immediately but still smoked. Had both of my kids in car seats at the time. Towed to Chrysler dealership and they "couldn't figure out the problem" so wanted us to pay $4,000 just to replace the entire brake system instead of taking their time to pin point what the problem could be. It was in the shop for 16 days and only 1 of those 16 days was it looked at. Then the gentlemen kept pushing blame on another company, etc. Then when we picked the van up, the engine light was on along with the steering wheel winding. Never has the engine light come on until it was in their hands. They are also stating that there was never a "flame", I had my family and a stranger help me at the scene and there was soot along with the brake line having some kind of damage from being melted. They are not helping us at all! this is a very dangerous matter!! we have read several forums with other people have this same issue and the rotors, brake pads, calipers continuously prematurely having to be replaced. I even emailed Chrysler the links.
Rear passenger side caliper sticking, causing a small fire. Had to replace the entire rear caliper and bleed the system. This is a death hazard the dealer and Chrysler corperation were notified. I spoke to steve standers from Chrysler at 586-274-8086. This is from an on going issue they Chrysler was warned about before it happened they failed to proceed to take proper action and put my family at risk of death.
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Premature wear of brake's rotors and calipers along with pads both back and front at 65,571 mi. ( $859. 95) and 67,283 mi. ( $902. 16) respectively. Pads maybe; but not the rotors and calipers with mostly non braking highway miles traveling between maine & florida.
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I have a 09 Chrysler t&c that has had multiple brakes, rotors, calipers and bearings issues. In February 2015 I had to replace the rear brakes, calipers, pads and rotors due to them locking up. I investigate the issue and found out that there were service bulletins that stated there was an issue with them and to replace them. Chrysler did they right thing and reimbursed me for the cost to replace all of that. I now find myself in the same situation with the front ones, so I did some investigation again and found a service bulletin about the fron ones and to replace them. I called Chrysler to let them know and they told me to get it to a certifed dealership to diagnosis and that they could possible help with cost assistance but since the extended warranty (x35) expired in April 2015, they can't guarantee that they will help. ( x35 it and extented warranty for this due to many issues that covers 5 yrs from date of mfg or 90,000 miles) well guess what came first 5 yrs. . . . . They car is undrivable due to this issue, so now I have to have it towed from my mechancis to a certifed dearlership that I don't know or trust. . . . .
Brakes are requiring replacement way too often. Numerous report on web indicate this is a manufacturers defect related to poor parts/excessive wear. I was told today that it will be $648 to replace the front pads and all the parts (rotor, caliper, pads) on both rear wheels. The automotive center told me this degree of wear is excessive for a vehicle with only 57000 miles on it. The van was bought used at 31000 and I have no info on whether there were brake problems prior to that. Some owners are reporting having to have replaced brakes (pads plus other components) three times before their vehicles reached 50000 miles.
Brakes have been a problem sense purchased new. They sometimes get hot enough to catch fire. We took the car to the dealer and we were told this normal. The service manager said it was the way it was being driven. After several attempts to get the dealership to replace the brakes we took the car to independent shop. The pads,rotors,calipers and brake lines were replaced with after market parts. These also got hot caught fire. We then took the car to a different Chrysler dealership and was told we should have used oem parts. We then had this dealership replace the aftermarket parts with oem parts. The brakes again continued to run hot. 3,000 miles later the steering wheel began to vibrate and smoke came into the vehicle. During the 99,000 miles we have used this minivan the brakes always ran hot and have caught fire three times. Looking on the internet I see thousands have similar problems. The average brake life on this van is about 20,000 miles. Our previous Dodge van ran 120,000 miles before any brake work. The Chrysler minivan has a problem with hydraulic pressure not being completely released when the breaks are released. This creates excessive overheating and sometimes fire.
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!.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Rear brakes have been replaced multiple times. 5 sets of pads, new caliper at 35000 miles and new rotors. Even after replacing everything but one rear caliper it still sticks and has a burning smell with all new parts on driver side. Brakes on this van are absolute garbage and Chrysler needs a recall on these brakes and parts.
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.
(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. . . .
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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|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Disc Pads problems||
|Brake Disc Caliper problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||
|Brake Grinding Noise problems||
|Brake Disc Rotor problems||
|Brake Master Cylinder problems||
|Brake Light On problems||