Brake Disc Caliper Problems of Dodge Grand Caravan
Dodge Grand Caravan owners have reported 43 problems related to brake disc caliper (under the service brakes category).
#1 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car is a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. After owning the van about 1 1/2 years I noticed the brakes were hanging up causing overheating. I took the van in and they said it was dirt stickingto the calipers so the lubricated it up, but shortly after it didi it again. At 56,000 kms I took it in because brakes dragging again and this time they said my brakes were wore out. I only drive highway and I am an instructor who teaches fuel efficiency which reduces wear on brakes. They put new brakes and rotors on the van and 100 miles later the front left wheel is overheating. There is still rattles in the brakes. I took the van in before summer started because on the passenger side air vent it would not go to cold, only hot. I took it to the dealer and they said Chrysler is aware of the problem and do not have an anwer to the problem. I know another 2011 Dodge caravan owner and he is having the same brake problem. This issue happened on 10/19/2012.
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#2 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle is a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While driving on the freeway, the traffic was very heavy, hence I had to apply the brakes frequently over a distance of approximately 15-20 miles. As a result of overheating of the brake drums, one of the brake calipers 'froze' (I. E. The brake pistion stuck in extended position) and created even more overheating and excessive wear on the brake pad and rotors. In extreme cases, this can cause the rotor to lock up with loss of vehicle control. In my opinion, the brake's design is insufficient for the weight of the vehicle. This is confirmed by the fact that Chrysler replacement procedure/parts now specify a semi-metallic brake pad, similar to what is often used on race cars to handle the execess heat. This problem occurred on Mar. 14, 2012.
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#3 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car is a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 2D4RN4DE1A_. We had a very loud scraping noise coming from our rear drive side tire. At first it was when you applied the brakes but it quickly be came constant. We called the dealer and the quickest we could get in was 4/30/13. The dealer let us know that the rear caliper saddle ceased and this caused severe damage to the rorot and the pads. The caliper is under warranty but the damage is causes is not. I did a search and it looks like this is an issue with these vans but no recall from Dodge. They did however add an extension to the front brakes becuase they were all so causing issues in these vehicles. Looks like they need to do the same for the back. I am located in canada. It was Fri., Apr. 26, 2013 when this brake disc caliper issue occurred.
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#4 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle having this issue was a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. Driving down the road I smelled a burning smell coming from my van. I got out of my van and discovered that the smell was coming from my rotor . I took it to the dealership and they replaced my calipers and rotors due to a caliper sticking on the van. I have had numerous issues with the braking system. Pulsating of brakes, calipers sticking, premature of rotors. I have had my rotors replaced at 7186 miles, 15688 miles and 24,527 and 39,435 miles . This brake disc caliper issue occurred Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.
#5 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle was a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. Rear passenger wheel gets extremely hot while driving. It appears that the caliper may be locking up. The rear wheel on the driver side also makes a high pitched whine, which is intermittent and usually goes away by tapping the brake pedal. We took it to the dealer and they said we needed a rear brake job. However, I believe this is due to defective calipers which are not releasing the pads from the rotors. The rear brakes on every car I have owned always last significantly longer than the front. The fact that the rear pads are worn excessively while front are not indicates a defect in the rear brake assembly. The ignition was repaired as part of a recall. However, after starting the car, the key does not return to the "on" position. This allows the car to run and be driven, however none of my lights or directionals work. I can wiggle the key to get it into the correct position, but sometimes it is not obvious that the key is in the wrong position. This results in me driving without headlights in the rain and thinking that I am signaling properly in turns when in fact everything is off. This brake disc caliper issue occurred Saturday, June 2, 2012.
#6 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car involved is a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. Purchased newx 2008 Grand Caravan. Brakes started squeling at 18,000 miles, had dealer check and they said all was ok. At 37,500 miles, brakes failed. Called Dodge dealer who advised that warranty extended by Dodge to 36000 miles had expired. I had brakes rebuilt at local master mechanic, who also found 2 faulty wheel bearings. Cost was over $1,000. I contacted Chrysler corp who agreed to pay 1/2 of the repair bill. Since then we have had the brakes replaced 2 additional times, calipers stick heating up the wheel constantly. We finally traded in this vehicle 2 weeks ago, our 4th new and last Dodge product. The brakes are underengineered on this vehicle. The original Dodge dealer told me that Chrysler said if any vans come in under 36,000 mi to repair them at no charge but no recall was issued. The mfg warranty on brakes is 12,000 miles. 37500 miles on original sealed wheel bearings is unaceptable. Also unaceptable is a brak system that cannot be relied on. This brake disc caliper issue occurred 07/17/2009.
#7 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle having this issue was a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. The van had squealing noise (at times) while driving. Then we noticed the strong smell of the brakes,like you are going down a steep hill,the burning smell. Must be the brake caliper sticking. . . So I took it to the dealer(where I bought it new) and was told that I needed new brake pad,new rotors at a cost of $777. 00. The van only had 38,282 miles on it. This brake disc caliper problem happened on July 27, 2011.
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#8 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car involved is a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. We were on a trip and while on the trip the vehicle rolled over the 36k warranty. We were on the interstate going 75 mph when the rear of the vehicle started making a terrible vibration and vibration noises. We were able to get off on an exit within 1/4 mile of the vehicle making this noise. After we were able to stop the left rear tire smelled awful like something burning. After we got it to the Dodge dealer they confirmed that the caliper had failed on the left side of the vehicle. They stated that our VIN did not match those vehicles having the rear brake issues. Obviously we were experiencing the same issue as the other vehicles. Chrysler did agree to cover the failed caliper, but would not pay for the warped rotors or new brakes and would not cover the caliper on the right side as it had not yet failed (even though the rotor was badly warped). The rotors were on back order and would take 3 weeks to get in. We were told not to drive the vehicle as it was a safety hazard yet Chrysler was unwilling to take responsibility and replace the right side caliper as it had not yet failed. We replaced the right side caliper at our cost and both rotors and brakes as both rotors were warped badly. . . . From defective calipers. . . But since only 1 side was locking up and smoking they would only replace the 1 side. I did not want to put my family in a vehicle that could become a fire hazard and believe that this is totally irresponsible of Chrysler to put peoples lives in danger and not even acknowlege it since our VIN supposedly did not fit with the vehicles that were deemed to have that problem. We contacted Chrysler customer service directly and talked about the issue and the representative was basically unwilling to look up anything never offered to take any information from us (name, vehicle info), but yet was very eager to dismiss that there was an issue. It was Friday, October 28, 2011 when this brake disc caliper issue happened.
#9 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car involved was a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The VIN of this Grand Caravan is 2D8HN54X48_. Encountered brake failure at 11000 miles. Repaired at my expense. Failed again at about 23000 miles, repaired under warranty. Failed again at 37,000 miles, my cost. All cases involved pads and rotors. There has got to be design failure where Chrysler/Dodge developers under engineered the size and/or composition of the brake caliper/pad system. Chrysler continues to deny that there is a design problem, yet there are hundreds of complaints here. Without a doubt, despite owning caravans since the original 1984 model, never again. Anyone interested in a class action lawsuit???. This issue happened on 09/28/2011.
#10 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The owner has a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact was driving 55 mph when the vehicle started to jerk and burning fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The contact also mentioned that the headlights would fail sporadically without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the front passenger side caliper was defective and needed to be replaced. Three months later, the rear driver caliper needed to be replaced as well. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 55,643. This problem occurred on 04/01/11.
#11 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The VIN of this vehicle is 1D8HN44H88_. I have had to replace the braks on my 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan multiple times since purchased on 11/14/2011. The van only has 69000 miles on it. The problem is that even after the brakes are replaced the brakes makes squeaking sounds & grinding almost immediately. I take it back and they say nothing is wrong. I wait a little longer and they say brake pads & calipers need to be replaced. Good thing I brought it in. This vehicle is poorly designed and if we can't tell then the brakes are going bad, a serious accident could result. Have replaced break pads 5 times. And have also replaced rotors and calipers. It was Feb. 4, 2008 when this brake disc caliper issue happened.
#12 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The owner has a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated the rear calipers began to heat up and the rear wheels also locked. The tread came off of both tires because of the failure. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic who stated the calipers failed and were a manufacturers defect. The manufacturer did not inspect the vehicle. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 80,000. It was Friday, July 9, 2010 when this brake disc caliper issue happened.
#13 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car was a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. My wife began hearing a noise several months ago. It turned out to be the rear brakes making the sound. She heard it almost every time she drove the vehicle. Finally I heard a groaning sound myself. The rear wheels were very hot compared to the front. I took the vehicle to the dealer we bought it from. He told me he has seen many of these vehicles come in with the same issue. The vehicle only has 19000 miles on it so I thought it was a warranty issue. He told me the brake system is only warranted for 12000 miles. He told me it will cost me about $365. 00 to change all the parts. I filed a complaint with Chrysler/ Dodge and they are only giving me $150. 00. Obviously they know there is a problem with the vehicles or why would they be giving me any credit at all if the vehicle is out of warranty? they told me the calipers locked up and that was the problem. I work with 2 other people that have the same vehicle and have the same problem. One dealership changed the rotors, pads, and calipers for him 3 times at no charge!! it happens on his vehicle about every 10000 miles. The other owner has the same dealer I have and was given the same line I was. He will have to pay for it. I can't imagine what the consequences would be if my wife is driving down the highway at 65 miles per hour and the rear brakes lock up!! you better believe there will be a mega-lawsuit!! how many other people are aware of this issue? this needs to be brought up on the national news and people need to be aware of it before someone is killed or injured from the brakes locking up. Thank you for this opportunity to complain and I hope something comes of it!. It was Friday, Jun. 3, 2011 when this brake disc caliper issue happened.
#14 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car involved was a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1D8HN44E09_. Very noticeable brake pulsation,all four brake rotors and pads replaced due to their being pitted,rusted and down to metal on metal. Since off warranty asked for goodwill from Dodge dealer and repair done for $100. Once again on 08/02/2010 the front rotors were found to be bad by dealer and replaced by dealer under warranty. Now, as of 07/07/2011 left rear brake appears to be stuck in a locked on position, brake is overheating,squealing and poor gas mileage and causing damage to rotor, pad and caliper per local mechanic. This failure is a real danger to someone who doesn't notice the condition as it may cause a fire due to excessive heat, premature tire wear, loss of braking due to fade and boiling of brake fluid. This condition also causes other brakes to work harder causing their premature wear. This brake disc caliper issue occurred Wednesday, April 28, 2010.
#15 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car is a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. 2008 Dodge caravan se. . . Brake caliper seized up. Caused premature wear and tear on both the brake pad and rotor. Vehicle begins to shake violently at 30 mph+. The calipers cause brakes to wear out between 8000 miles to 14000 miles, far sooner than normal wear and tear would cause. Dealerships are repairing faulty calipers under "good will" tickets, which are treated like a warranty repairs in respects to charges to the vehicles owner. Technicians at the dealership alluded that the 2008 and 2009 model year for Dodge caravans and Chrysler town and country vans are known for severe brake problems. Seized calipers can also cause severe shifts in the steering while braking, which could cause collisions or accidents. This problem is widely known to owners who have reported it to many websites and dealerships. The failure date was 05/25/11.
#16 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
Consumer has a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated the rear brakes failed prematurely. The brakes, front brake pads and calipers on the front wheels were replaced at 22,000 miles. The contact stated smoke was coming from the rear brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated the rear brake pads and calipers needed to be replaced as well. The VIN was not accepted. The failure mileage was 22,6000 and the current mileage was 27,986. The failure date was Jan. 21, 2011.
#17 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car is a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. -the vehicle involved is a 2009 Dodge caravan. While the contact was driving approximately 45 mph the brake pedal was engaged and the vehicle started to vibrate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician replaced the front rotors. The second failure occurrence was approximately six months after the service repair was performed on the vehicle. The dealer replaced the rotors and calipers. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the identical failure for the third time, and had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The manufacturer was notified which informed the failure would be under an investigation. The contact was waiting on a response from the manufacturer regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 3,095. The current mileage was 9,100. This problem occurred on Tue., Sep. 22, 2009.
#18 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle having this issue was a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan. Brakes would squeal and screech while driving and would stop when the brakes were applied. The front rotor was red hot and smoking. I later had the same problem with the rear brakes and they had to replace the rotors pads and calipers. This appeared again after 15,000 miles and they said it was normal and wanted to charge me for repair. This problem occurred on January 20, 2010.
#19 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The VIN of this vehicle is 2D8HN44H18_. I had a Dodge Grand Caravan that I purchased there less than a year before with brake noise. My wife complained on previous occasions but was told nothing was wrong. When they finally looked at it vehicle was out of warranty period and they said the repair would not be covered. It cost us $471. 98 to replace front and back pads and resurface rotors. Was not informed that a TSB #05-006-08 had been issued. Part number recommended in TSB does not match part number on my invoice. Now they need replaced again a year later because they were making a squealing noise and overheating. When I took it in to a local mechanic, he said my left rear caliper is leaking and needs to be replaced. No calipers are available as they are on national backorder. I now have a van that is too dangerous to drive and no parts are available to repair it. The failure date was Thursday, August 28, 2008.
#20 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car involved is a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1D8HN44HX8_. Premature brake wear. Rear brake calipers, rotor, and pads, were replaced by the dealer at no cost at 19,000 miles due to rotors overheating. At 19,400 miles, front brakes began to shudder when applied. Dealer said the front rotor and pads need to be replaced at a cost of $390. The dealer says after 12,000 miles they are not responsible. This issue happened on 11/02/2008.
#21 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
2008 Dodge Grand Caravan brake problems that are costing a fortune to repair. Constantly having to replace brake pads, rotors and now calipers on a van with 67,000 miles on it. Everytime I take my van in for service, I am told that the brakes have to be repaired immediately because the vehicle isn't safe to drive. I have three small children and safety is my number one concern, but I can not afford to keep putting money into this vehicle that is less than 2 years old. The first brake repair work that had to be done was when the vehicle only had 21,233 miles on it. Since then, we are putting hundreds of dollars into brakes every couple of months. This brake disc caliper issue occurred November 14, 2009.
#22 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The VIN of this vehicle was 1D8HN44H38_. I have a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and the front brakes are wearing out in 14000 - 18000 miles. There must be a problem with the calipers. I have been in contact with Chrysler but they are not willing to find a solution or investigate the problem. Most brakes last atleast 30,000 - 40,000 miles and when you hear a noise you think something got caught in your brakes but that's not the case. Waldorf Dodge service has had numerous complaints but said Chrysler won't allow them to do anything. The failure date was 02/01/2010.
#23 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. Calipers hanging up causing brakes to heat up. Has been occurring for several months. When taken to the Dodge dealer they initially stated nothing wrong. Then 1 week later state I need new calipers, rotors turned and brake pads. They state the only thing covered under warranty is calipers. The failure date was May 7, 2010.
#24 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car involved is a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. Driving at highway speeds noticed the vehicle felt with less power than usual. I came up to a traffic jam and had to reduce speed to 0 mph. At this point I notice a large amount of smoke coming out of the rear right wheel well and began noticing a burnt brake smell. I pulled over to the side and saw the brake pads were smoking profusely. Visual inspection showed the rotor had acquired a light blue color all around. Rotors and pads have less than 300 miles since being installed, I had installed aftermarket ceramic pads instead of dealer's semi-metallic compound, new rotors are also aftermarket since I refused to give Dodge any more money for what I considered sub par components since I had to do a total brake replacement well under 30,000 miles and my previous request for servicing brakes under warranty went unanswered. . Van was inspected by two different dealers before brake replacement and both dealers said there was nothing wrong with the brake system , that it was normal wear and tear and they could not find anything wrong with the calipers and or other brake system components. Once brake pads stopped smoking I resumed minimum highway speed until reaching an exit two miles ahead. Van did not feel sluggish at this point and brakes did not smoke again. This could happen at any time again because dealer was not able to find anything wrong with the brake system previously and they have no known root cause for this failure. In my opinion this has to be related to what I consider a premature brake replacement done earlier this month. It was Sat., Jun. 19, 2010 when this brake disc caliper issue occurred.
#25 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle was a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 2D8HN54PX8_. Noise started at 13,188 miles with 2008 caravan. Told to fix front brakes, I did. Still a noise. At 30k miles they finally found that 1 rear brake caliper was sticking the other was frozen. I believe this led to excessive wear. The rear brakes are also a problem on this car. It was 06/23/2009 when this brake disc caliper issue happened.
#26 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The VIN of the car is 2D8HN54P38_. On a recent trip from florida, our 2008 Dodge van experienced rear brake failure. While traveling on I-75, at highway speed, 70mph, the rear brakes seized, causing smoke , the rotors heating to the point being red hot, all causing difficultly in stopping. After letting the brakes cool and making our way to a repair facility, we were told that the rear calipers had seized, frozen in place causing the brakes to overheat and burn. The cost of replacing the brakes, calipers and other parts cost over $575. 00 plus the loss of a day traveling and over night stay. We were told that t the brakes were failed and could have easily caused a fire due the amount of heat generated or a crash. This brake disc caliper issue occurred July 30, 2010.
#27 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle was a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 2D8HN44H28_. New 2008 Dodge caravan rear brakes burn & squeal since new. Pads replaced several times and calipers twice. Problem continues to repeat usually no charge since car still in warranty (29000 mi). But I need reliable brakes. Dealer says it is a known problem with the 2008 but can't stop the problem from recurring. Recently the abs & the hydraulic modules went and I had to be towed. This problem occurred on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001.
#28 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle was a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. In july2010, I had the front brakes replace after only 30000 m iles. Also a front caliper was replaced due to it not releasing after applying the brakes. In Aug, 2010 on a return trip from florida, the rear brake calipers froze , would not release, causing the rear brakes to overheat, causing rear brake failure. Repair of the rear brakes cost aprox. $ 580. 00. A complaint to Chrysler corp. Was initiated, and they reimbursed a total of$280. 00. I was told by 2 dealers that there has been an abnormal amount of problems with the brake calipers on the Chrysler/Dodge vans. Since we were transporting oxygen that my wife needs for medical purposes a fire or other failure of the rear brakes, ie fire, seizing of the brakes causing a wreck, or being disabled on the highway, miles from a repair facility could have had serious results. At the present time the only remaining caliper has failed, froze to the rotor, and is in need of repair which has been scheduled at a non dealer shop. The cost has been estimated at $100. 00. Chrysler corp has not given any acknowledgment as to the cause or why this is occurring, only the $280. 00 reimbursement. The question will this happen if I purchase another Chrysler van and has the brake caliper been acknowledged and fixed? 4280. 00 reimbursement. This brake disc caliper issue occurred Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2010.
#29 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The reporting person's vehicle is a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that on August 18, 2009 while driving approximately 45 mph someone advised him that his wheel was smoking. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who confirmed that both rear calipers were locked the dealer replaced calipers, rotors, and rear brake pads at 14,768 miles. On October 25, 2010 while driving he smelled smoke again. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the right rear caliper was frozen, the left rear caliper was sticking and the brake pads were overheated and cracked. The rear calipers, and brake pads were replaced at 29,979 miles. The manufacturer provided a rental vehicle when the first failure occurred. The failure mileage was 14,768. The current mileage was 29,979. Updated 01/18/11 updated 1/19/2010 updated 03/31/11 according to the invoice, the rear calipers were not releasing properly and the rear rotors were discolored. Updated 06/01/11. This brake disc caliper issue occurred Tue., Aug. 18, 2009.
#30 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The car involved was a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1D8HN44H78_. Approximately 20,000 miles front brake recall letter received, took to local dealer and repairs made. At 23,000 mile rear left locked, total replacement at the cost of $299. 29 to repair one brake, rotor and caliper. Very disappointed, was informed by dealer repairman that there should be a recall for the rears soon. Told to keep receipt for reimbursement. The failure date was Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.
#31 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The VIN of this Grand Caravan is 2D8HN54X08_. We purchase our 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan new on 12/22/2008. We have had to get our front pads replaced and front rotors resurfaced at 20,306 miles and Chrysler sent out a front brake limited warranty extension so we received a refund back minus the 50. 00 deductible for this repair. However now we've had problems with our rear calipers & rear brakes which we would like to have our repair refunded or a recall done on this matter. Here is the info: first complaint:--the rear calipers seized which caused the second complaint-- the pads wore out quickly. The rear calipers seized and the rear brakes failed and both had to be replaced. The rear rotors and drums had to be resurfaced at our expense($446. 38 parts & labor, not including tax). This issue happened on 12/16/2010.
#32 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle is a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. While on the interstate in wisconsin driving at about 65 mph, the left rear brake on my daughter's van suddenly seized. When I pulled off the interstate, the entire wheel was too hot to touch and there was a strong burning smell. Fortunately there was a Chrysler dealer right there. They told me that the left rear caliper hung up on the brake. They said that the caliper adapter was new to this model (2008), that they have seen this before and that Chrysler has a newer design but the part was on back order. They told me that the pads, calipers and rotors on both rear brakes needed to be replaced. They cleaned and lubricated the brakes and I continued to chicago to have the repairs done there. Later my daughter told me that in April 2011, the same thing had happened but on the right rear brake. Again this was on the interstate. She heard a very loud squealing. After tapping the brakes a few times the sound went away and she continued. This is why the dealer said that the right rear brake pads, calipers and rotor also needed replacement. Worse, my daughter's brother-in-law bought the same model caravan in 2008. On a trip to virginia, also on the interstate, their brakes seized in the same manner. When we got to chicago, I took the van into roesch Chrysler in elmhurst illinois. They replaced the calipers under warranty but charged me to replace the pads and rotors. The fact that this has happened twice on my daughters van, that it also happened on her brother-in-laws same model/year van, that the caliper design was new in 2008, that since then a new caliper design has been released leads me to believe that the original caliper/brake design is defective and should have been covered under warranty. Moreover, Chrysler should have recalled these vehicles as a safety issue given an over heated wheel could have caused a high speed blowout. This issue happened on Wed., May. 18, 2011.
#33 - Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan
The vehicle having this issue was a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Dodge Grand Caravan is 2D4GP44LX6_. Our brakes have failed for the second time. I took my van back to the shop that replaced the pads and rotors in may. They told me the calipers were defective, as they were under warranty I took the van to the dealer. The dealer stated the new rotors that were put on in may were defective, they refused repairs and charged me $50. This brake disc caliper issue occurred Saturday, October 6, 2007.
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|Brake Light On problems||14|
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|Brake Drum problems||8|
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