Dodge Caliber owners have reported 33 problems related to ball joint (under the suspension category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Caliber based on all problems reported for the Caliber.
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving at 15 mph, the power steering failed almost causing a crash. The contact stated that the engine cradle was severely rusted, as well as the driver's side ball joint. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.
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Replaced ball joints 2x since purchased.
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I did some work on the front end, I replaced tierod end and ball joints,also put new tires on the car. I was scheduling an alignment when the front would make a pop sound and a slight snap when going over bumps and when the steering wheel is turned to the left. I looked to see what the matter was and the sub frame was cracked and rusted. . . I wash the car 2 a month especially in winter. The sub frame also connects the swaybar, struts and it cant get aligned due to the broken frame. . All too prematurely.
Tl-the contact owns a 2011 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle would start shaking and vibrating and the vehicle would ride rough and be very loud. The contact noticed that the tires were worn and they were purchased new about six months ago. The contact also noticed that the vehicle whenever it rained, the front driver and passenger floors would be really wet. The contact wanted to get the vehicle some new tires and an alignment and the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where it was diagnosed that the alignment could not be done until the ball joints and the tires were replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 97,000. Ed.
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Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that while at an independent mechanic for a routine service, the mechanic diagnosed that the sub frame had corroded and both front ball joints needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000. Oo.
Owned the car for almost 4 years. Tie rods have been replaced 3 times. Recently had to replace, struts, ball joints, brakes on the front for the 5th time, back breaks are out and rotors as well had them replaced less than a year ago. Manifold had to be replaced. Barrings on the front and one on the right back. Went through a set a tires in less than 6 months. Has been to Dodge and other mechanics problems still persist.
Brakes on this vehicle are no good, very hard to stop. Ball joints no good steering on this vehicle is not safe either I have noticed all the recalls and complaints.
Front end felt like it would wobble and the drivers side tire started wearing badly. Brought it in to get the inner and outer tie rod and a arm with ball joint replaced mechanic told me to park it and don't drive it till I got it fixed.
When I got an oil change, the mechanic did an inspection and said the ball joints and tie rods should be replaced as they were showing wear and play. When he let the car down and saw the mileage was 26,700 he said that the parts should not have gone bad unless I was off roading the car. The car is driven 4 miles round trip on paved maintained roads daily at 30 mph. And on occasionally at expressway speeds of 55mph. I took it to the Dodge dealer who said there is no recall or known complaints on this vehicle. I bought the car new in 2007 when they came out.
Ball joint separation on the drivers side.
I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber rt. This car has 52000 miles at 7 years old. My car sits in a garage and is well maintained. I recently replaced the tires on the car and found that both ball joints were in need of replacing to the point that the tires couldn't get balanced. I don't think that this is supposed to happen on a car with 52000 miles.
Have issues with both front struts, both ball joints, and both inner and outer tie rods. While driving you can feel shaking and vibrations. Also steering is starting to become bad because of this issue. There needs to be a recall on this before an accident occurs and someone gets seriously injured or killed.
My husband and I purchased the car in 2007 and it had about 40,000 miles on it. About 1. 5 years later we had to do the suspension and shortly after, the ball joints. The mechanic that looked at the car said everything on the car went bad way too fast. When we called Dodge, they said there were no recalls on the car, but surprise, we now have to get the front done again!!!! I have seen this and numerous other sites that also have complaints about this car. I emailed and will call back Dodge tonight. If nothing is done I will go to the local media to have them help with this. Something has to be done before someone gets hurt.
At 41000 miles, our 4 year old vehicle, should not have needed new ball joints. Research tells me Dodge has been very aware of a problem for years, but have not done any type of a recall. All I can say is thank god we found the problem before we went to the mountains.
The ball joints have prematurely worn out on our 2008 Dodge Caliber. At 40,000 miles I also had to replace the tie rod ends and the brake pads.
Reversed out of parking spot put car in drive and nothing happened. Turns out my tie rod and ball joints on passenger side basically fell apart. Garage said other side is just about ready to go too. Thankfully I was only pulling out of a parking spot. . . 5 minutes later and I could have been wrapped around a telephone pole. Been looking online to find many people also have had this problem. This should really be looked into further!.
My sisters 2007 Dodge Caliber only has only 32236 miles on it and the ball joints need replaced already, it cost 800 dollars to replace them, I looked on line and everybody that has a 2007 Caliber is having the same problem there should be a recall on the ball joints, just look on line and u will see how many people are having trouble with the ball joints, how many complaints does it take to have a recall done, thank you for your time, please just e mail me back thank you.
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle was being service for routine maintenance when he was advised that the front ball joints on each side were fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact that a recall would be issued for the failure in the near future. The failure mileage was 57,000.
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge caliper. The contact stated that the front ball joints failed, causing the front end of the vehicle to bounce when being driven. The contact stated that the front tie rods were replaced a year prior to the most recent failure. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 42,000.
2007 Dodge Caliber requied ball joint replacement at 71,100. Vehicle was serviced regularly and was correctly aligned.
The vehicle had a failure of the front end parts, tie rod ends, ball joints. Paid to have it repaired last year and now it has happened again, only this time both sides. I now have 85,000 miles on the vehicle. This is just ridiculous. There should be a recall on this product.
Suspension - ball joints had to be completely replaced. 2007 with 50,000 miles would not pass inspection.
Had my tires rotated and the mechanic showed me how much my ball joints were wore out at only 50000 miles. Dodge Caliber 2008 model.
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. While driving approximately 5 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The contact exited the vehicle and noticed the front driver side wheel was detached from the vehicle. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was told the ball joint detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated the same ball joint was replaced two months prior to the incident by the authorized dealer. The failure and current mileages were 43,000.
In febraury 2011, I had my 2007 Dodge Caliber r/t serviced and tired rotated, at this time firestone told me that I have bad ball joints and need them replaced, it only had 46,000 miles on it. I had it replaced and nopw I am having trouble with it again. Someone needs to investagate this and get it in for a recall before someone gets really hurt.
At approximately 23,700 miles, my 2007 Dodge Caliber rt had to have both front ball joints replaced (Chrysler reimbursed for the ruined front tires that had been put on 9 months before due to this problem). Within a few weeks after the ball joints were replaced, I started hearing a noise like something lose in the front driver's side tire area. Upon having my annual inspection at the beginning of March, my mechanic told me I have a busted drivers' side strut. There is only a little over 25,000 miles on this car and this is two major problems with the suspension in less than 6 months! I keep reading of similar problems and am wondering if this is something that Dodge/chrsyler is going to fix via recall (of course, the strust started making the noise within weeks of coming out of my basic 3 yr/36,000 mile coverage - I am now into extended coverage with a deductible).
I have been told by the dealership that, the front axils and, ball joints on my car are in need of replacement. I have talked to several other Dodge Caliber owner's that have had the same problem. What do I need to do?.
Ball joint failure at 50,000 miles. Wore out tires . Replaced ball joints and tires.
I own a 2007 Dodge Caliber sxt. In early 2009 I was told by my dealership that the right lower balljoint needed to be replaced and that it was very dangerous to drive my vehicle. My car only had 45,000 miles on it. I took it elsewhere to be replaced. As of September 2010, the dealership advised me that the left lower balljoint now needed to be replaced as well as the front fea that contains the recently replaced rt ball joint. My car only has 77,000 miles on it. I took it to another mechanic which advised me that ball joints should not have to be replaced this early on. I then did research and found others with the same issue. There are no recalls and I think this is a defect that lies within Dodge. They are putting people's safety at risk!.
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact stated that the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal banging when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to a repair facility where the contact was informed that the driver side ball joint was defective and would at some point, fail. The ball joint was replaced. The contact stated that the passenger side ball joint then failed January 11, 2011. The contact was able to secure an appointment to have the passenger side ball joint repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but no assistance was offered. The current mileage was 70,000 and the failure mileage was 50,000.
Unexplained failure of both ball joints at 45800 miles.
I have a 2007 Dodge Caliber sxt that I have owned for almost 2 years. I was told by a mechanic today that the ball joints on the front need to be replaced because they are dangerously defective and if they break while I am driving, they could cause a fatal accident. I was also told that ball joints should not be worn out on a car that is 2 years old and one with 41,000 miles on the odometer. He said that the ball joints were likely defective at the time of manufacture. The front tires can be freely moved and jiggled when the car is parked in the driveway with little effort. I have gotten no help from my local Dodge dealer in replacing the defective ball joints and am forced to risk my life every time I drive the car until I can afford the repair which will cost between $500 and $1,200. Because the parts were likely defective at the time of manufacture, I suspect that all other Dodge Calibers manufactured at the same time with the same parts have the same problem and the owners are simply unaware that their vehicles are dangerous to drive.
The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Caliber. The contact indicated that while having maintenance performed, the contact was informed that both tie rods and ball joints were defective and needed to be replaced. The contact indicated that the vehicle was repaired for the same defect on multiple occasions but the problem recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 19,000.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Front Suspension Control Arm problems||
|Ball Joint problems||
|Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problems||
|Suspension Noise problems||
|Sway Bar problems||
|Front Suspension problems||
|Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problems||
|Strut Failure problems||
|Front Suspension Coil Spring problems||