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Brake Disc Caliper Problems of Dodge Grand Caravan - part 1



Dodge Grand Caravan owners have reported 60 problems related to brake disc caliper (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan 1
Failure Date: 09/24/2014

Just had 2010 van that was purchased new in for a routine oil change. Was told that we need to replace rear brake pads, rotors and calipers. 61,000 miles. This will be the 3rd set of pads and rotors on the rear. Based on the type of driving we do this should not be happening. Interestingly enough around 15,000 miles Chrysler replaced the front rotors and pads because of a known issue. If I remember correctly it was because of a caliper sticking on the front. These pads, rotors and calipers have not needed to be replaced or serviced in over 45,oo0 miles based on all the feedback online and a conversation with an ase certified mechanic it is a very common issue.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 2
Failure Date: 09/21/2014

As I was driving on the highway, the rear brake calipers on either side became stuck. I stopped at a traffic light, and smoke was coming from the rear wheels. The caliper stuck to the brake pads on both rear wheels and became burned on. The vehicle requires new brake pads, rotors, calipers, and caliper brackets to be installed. This is a huge fire hazard. I am lucky that nothing caught on fire under the vehicle.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 3
Failure Date: 08/13/2014

I noticed a high pitched squeal from the rear of the vehicle while driving. Saw large amounts of black dust on left rear hubcap, and wheel was extremely hot. Independent mechanic verified brake pads in contact with rotor only on that one wheel, and had been worn completely out. Brakes on all other wheels in excellent condition as would be expected at only 20,000 miles. Took to dealer expecting warranty repair as brake had no movement. Dealer diagnosis: brake pads frozen in slides. Dealer refused warranty repair as "brake pads are not covered and the calipers functioned once we put the vehicle on the lift and manually popped them open. Therefore no mechanical defect" my argument that it was not driver caused (other 3 wheels fine) was not accepted, although further firm discussion did result in service manager charging half price for total rear brake job. Very dangerous situation, brake design that allows this needs to be investigated.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan 4
Failure Date: 07/31/2014

While driving on the fwy my van turned off. It was after driving over a part of the freeway that seemed to have a dip. My gauges went to "0" & I felt a loss of power. I turned the key fob in the ignition & it seemed to start back up. The gauges went to the max and all warning lights flashed red as my car does when I initially start it. On 8/11/14 I was exiting a driveway, the same thing happened crossing a 2 lane road. I didn't turn the key fob this time as my van turned off & then back on by itself. I dropped my van off to have it checked out, but they didn't find a recall on anything with the ignition or engine turning off. I looked up the info & found recall code l25 describing exactly what was happening. I spoke to a rep named crystal at the recall phone number given & she confirmed my vehicle will be included in the recall & notices will be going out as they just updated the notice this morning. Since the recall was just updated, I have to pay for the inspection on the wireless ignition node, keep all work orders & receipts, wait for the recall notice & get reimbursed because this is dangerous. I have to borrow the $ as I cannot run the risk of driving my 3 kids around & have an accident. I am also having a problem with my engine running hard, sounding like marbles are rattling against metal as I accelerate & it making a glug glug sound & running hard. I just paid $412 to replace my calipers & brake pads as they were not releasing & caused the brake pads to crumble (replaced 2 weeks prior) & as I was braking it sounded like metal scraping against metal. This was due to the friction and heat from the calipers not releasing. Luckily my rotors weren't warped (also brand new & placed 2 weeks prior). My vehicle has 57,576 miles & I keep up the maintenance on it as well. . This is very concerning. Never had issues like this on a vehicle with less than 100,000 miles.

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Failure Date: 07/04/2014

The calipers locked up on my rear driver side wheel. There was a terrible smell and loud sound when it happened. I was out of town with my daughter. I had to leave the van on a country road and come back for it later in order to let it cool so it didn't catch fire. The cost to repair was $750 to have all 4 calipers replaced. I had a 2006 Dodge caravan that had the same thing happen 3 years ago. When it happened to me in 2011, it smoked and 911 was called to check out the issue. Having had 2 of the same types of vans have the same problem indicates to me that there is something wrong with Dodge's design of their vehicles. There are instances of this problem all over the internet with several Dodge models. A friend of mine several years ago had the same problem with a brand new Dodge dakota that she had for 2 weeks. This is a dangerous problem that should be addressed by Dodge. Having brakes catch fire is a dangerous situation. I can no longer take my van out of town for fear of it happening again.

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Failure Date: 04/08/2014

The front brake calipers seize up causing early disk and pad damage. The dealer said the calipers are under warranty, but not the pads or disks. I have the minivan serviced regularly and the brakes were ok. There was a pop sound when the calipers released, but the pads and disks were badly damaged. I now have a $1000 brake problem caused by a defective caliper that was under warranty. I should not have to pay for this. This is not normal wear or my fault.


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Failure Date: 04/01/2014

Dodge Grand Caravan 2012; noticed about 3 months ago that the rear rotors were becoming so hot that you could melt a stick of butter by just holding it near after driving (30 minutes non-intense driving). One time the rotors were even smoking after. I have already replaced both rear rotors/brakes twice and just bought the car (used) in Dec 2012. I do not do any distance driving, and most is not city. I brought the car to a mechanic who recommended a complete caliper/rotor/pad replacement at around $600. Seemed like a generic fix. I declined, as I can do this with a free weekend, and had no guarantee of fixing the problem looking at other reported issues. The rotors continue to get hot (usually not both at the same time, but rather one more than the other each time), and am afraid to drive any farther than the 30 min commute to work. I have read so many stories of the same issue occurring to Dodge/Chrysler owners, and ones going all the way back to 2008 models. I can't fathom how this would still be an issue in a 2012 model, and that nothing has been done to help the consumer and correct the mistake. Even the dealership mechanic told me that the rotors are too small to handle the heat. I have nightmares of the day that it gets so hot that something in the assembly or tire goes and sends my family of 4 and 2 unborn children into oncoming traffic.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 8
Failure Date: 01/01/2014

I have had to replace the brakes on my Grand Caravan 2 times so far. I had to replace them after approximately 18,000 miles and next at 44,000 miles. I do mostly city driving and only put around 10k a year on the car. Currently there is a grinding sound, I will need to have looked at by the dealer. At least 3 times the caliper stuck and you could smell the burning of the brake pad. In the most recent instance the heat was so high on the right drivers side front break that it melted the valve stem plastic cap. I have paid now approximately 1,800 dollars to replace brakes. After the last time I paid for them to install some sort of adapter to help with the known brake issue on this model. Obviously it did not work. The heat generated is very high and could be dangerous. This is an issue that is well known against this model year and car.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 9
Failure Date: 12/02/2013

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle brake pads and rotor problems. The consumer stated the brakes needed to be replaced prematurely. The right rear brake pads became metal-to-metal with the brake rotor. The consumers mechanic stated the brake pads were frozen on the caliper slides, and the rear brakes were the same.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 10
Failure Date: 11/14/2013

The rear brakes on the Dodge minivans were designed poorly. The calipers do not release properly, and the clearance on the brake pads is too tight and causes the pads to get stuck. Last night we had the brake hang on one of the rear brakes after using the parking brake. The pads stayed close to the caliper and caused the entire rotor to heat up from the excessive friction. Pads, rotors and calipers were replaced last week, full brake fluid replacement done at Dodge dealership this week. Everything checked out, now caliper is jammed. Numerous complaints from others are on the internet for the 2008 - 2012 (and some 2013+) model Grand Caravans due to poorly designed rear brake system.


 
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Failure Date: 09/11/2013

The brakes calipers/brakes are seizing up, after complete replacement of all brake components, this problem reoccurred in less than 5000 miles, at the same time, the axle bolts were loose and the car became very unstable.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan 12
Failure Date: 04/26/2013

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan 13
Failure Date: 10/19/2012

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.

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Failure Date: 08/15/2012

The contact owns a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. While reversing at approximately 2 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and a grinding noise was heard. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the rear brake pads, rotors, and calipers needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact mentioned that the front brakes were previously replaced approximately ten months prior to the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

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Failure Date: 07/20/2012

When brakes are applied, it sounds as if metal is rubbing against metal. Brake pads are brand new and rotors are in excellent condition. Have had the vehicle looked at and have also talked to others to find out the calipers are bad and this is a common problem. Even when replaced, the same thing begins to happen shortly afterwards.

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Failure Date: 06/02/2012

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan 17
Failure Date: 03/27/2012

Rear brakes are not releasing completely causing the brakes, rotor, bearing, and wheel to become super-heated. Driver's side is the most significant issue. The brakes make a screeching sound, smoke and smell of burnt rubber come from wheels. If water is poured on the wheels, it vaporizes immediately. It does not do this with every trip, but is becoming more frequent. Driver's rear caliper has been replaced twice and brake line once with no improvement. Brakes on driver's side only last 11,000 miles. Have contacted local dealer, but doesn't acknowledge that they've heard of this issue before. I see many examples searching this site and other sites. This is a major safety issue. Vehicle now has 71,000 miles.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 18
Failure Date: 03/14/2012

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.

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Failure Date: 11/05/2011

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 .

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan 20
Failure Date: 10/28/2011

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.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan 21
Failure Date: 09/28/2011

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???.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan 22
Failure Date: 07/28/2011

Brakes were checked by dealer and said to be fine. After a few miles at road speed, I stopped and smelled hot brakes. Rear driver's was smoking. Lube on guides was boiling and rotors were blue. Dealer claims there is no problem. Claims it is our rough winters here in central NY. But they had just checked them and no salt or winter in July. I have ruined 4 sets of rear brakes and rotors since then. Just replaced the front for the first time at 70,000 miles. There is something wrong with the system that is applying the rear brakes when not needed. Sometimes I find the right side smoking and sometimes the left. We have done everything according to spec. Filed the guides, lubed the guides to be sure everything is free. Nothing helps. It is dangerous because all I have is the front brakes to stop in an emergency. Your dealer claims this is normal to only get 14000 miles on a set of rear brakes. They did replace one caliper but it made no difference. Thanks.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan 23
Failure Date: 07/27/2011

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.

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Failure Date: 06/03/2011

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!.

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Failure Date: 05/25/2011

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.

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