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#100 of 184 2001 Dodge Dakota Quad cab brake problem
Apr 23, 2009 (5:14 am)
I have a Dodge Dakota Quad cab that I had to have the rear end changed. My mechanic (I believe) installed a rear from a Dakota that was not a quad cab. The hubs on this one are smaller than the hubs that were originally on the truck. The rear brakes now squeak when going down hill or there is a load on the truck. He tells me that the different rear with the smaller hubs should not make a difference.
Is this correct and/or is there a fix for this other than the rear being changed again?
#101 of 184 Re: 2001 Dodge Dakota Quad cab brake problem [ch4bs]
Apr 23, 2009 (5:48 pm)
Sqeeking drum brakes should not be considerd "problem" especially on a truck. My Dak brakes sqeeked for most of the 95K miles I owned it.
I may be costly to get rid of squeek and you will not have any better stopping-power... I suggest you ignore it and be happy.
#102 of 184 Re: sponge brakes 2000 Dakota 4x2 [huckel]
May 04, 2009 (6:24 pm)
Yes, I have a 2005 dodge dakota after a year or so I notice on an sudden stop my rear wheels lock-up like the old brakes on the old cars, check the fluid, was ok, check the pads front and back ,ok . so i've been driving like that cause i cant afford to take it to a mechanic. most likely its something simple; i could'nt pay the high pymnt. thanks
#103 of 184 2001 Dakota poor braking
May 19, 2009 (2:28 pm)
I have 2001 Dakota Quad Cab 98,000mi. I bought this new and the brakes have had this problem since new or almost new Brake pedal has some travel , then has resistance and holds (doesnt go to floor ) I don't think the back brakes are working and i am only stopping with the fronts. The rear pads are original the fronts been changed 3 or 4 times In winter when i hit the brakes the first time it feels like all 4 are working (like the brakes in my wife's car )the pedal engages at the top, but this only once , no Abs light ever comes on except start up. I am suspect of master cylinder ? no fluid leaks at wheels or is there something else ? thanks johnp
#104 of 184 2001 Quad Cab Front Brake Problem
May 27, 2009 (7:16 pm)
I've had my left front caliper lock up several times since I purchased the truck new. Last year I replaced both rotors and installed new pads. Last week, the left front locked up again. I allowed it to cool down and continued on my way. I took a look at the brakes this weekend and everything appeared OK. As a precautionary measure, I decided to replace the left caliper. After completing the job, the front brakes are giving me grief. The truck now pulls hard to the right. I've rebled the left caliper several times. The brake pedal is rock hard when the truck isn't running, but seem to go down pretty far when running. I'm not sure what I'm looking at. The pedal seem to make a whooshing sound when you press it like there is air in the system, but I can't get any out. The right front tire will skid when I brake hard. I have anti-lock on the back only. Is there a trick to bleeding the air out? or do I have another problem. I'm starting to think that my right caliper is not pulling back enough and grabs before the rebuilt left does. Did I expose another problem, or induce a new one? Any ideas?
#105 of 184 Re: 2001 Quad Cab Front Brake Problem [zeppelin64]
May 28, 2009 (4:18 pm)
It sounds as if you have verified there is no air in LF hydrolic system so lets assume that is not issue. I suspect your RF is working normally and the LF pads are not generating the same "torque" as the RF. (not enough friction against the rotors)
You may be experiencing contaminated rotor surface.... even touching a rotor with your fingers may contaminate. Did you perhaps get some brake-grease on the pads when you had them out to replace rotor? Did you use copious flooding with brake-cleaner to degrease everything thoroughly?
Also, the pad-fingers may be "stuck" on the sliders if you did not file them smooth. EVERY TIME you have the Dak brakes apart it is a good idea to touch up the sliders with file to make sure there are no burrs which may 'catch' the pad-fingers.
The whooshing sound is normal caused by the vacuum-booster.
#106 of 184 Re: 2001 Quad Cab Front Brake Problem [zeppelin64]
Jul 01, 2009 (5:35 pm)
I have a 2001 I bought new and have had the front brakes left, right and both lock up or over heat, smoke every whereup on 3 different occasions, intervals of 30,000 miles between occurences or so have had rotors calipers and pads replaced all 3 times and it did it again today right front only. I am at a loss as how to fix problem,,
#107 of 184 Re: 2001 Quad Cab Front Brake Problem [jc727]
Jul 01, 2009 (5:50 pm)
The front brakes on Dak are whimpy (under sized for vehicle weight). The caliper pistons are made of phenolic. Cheap, rebuilt calipers are even worse than original-equipment.
Your only real option is to have some cash available to fix when it happens.
NOTE: if pads/rotors are not damaged... you can replace JUST the sticky caliper.
PS: I assume you know that if you continue to drive with sticky caliper, the wheel-bearings may cook and you can end up with VERY expensive repair on your hands.
YOU MUST REPLACE BRAKE FLUID EVERY 2-3 YEARS TO PREVENT INTERNAL CORROSION... this is true for EVERY vehicle on the road!!!
#108 of 184 Newly Purchased 2002 issues
Aug 17, 2009 (5:42 pm)
I recently purchased a 2002 Quad 4x4 with 4.7 and 45000 miles. I have a clunking sound coming from the front when I brake heavy. The dealer has replaced rotors, lines and pads (and DS front axle seal). I don't feel the clunk in the pedal, just in the front end. Also, today it was raining pretty heavy. Decided to try out the 4 hi. It would not disengage out of 4hi until I turned the truck off. BTW - the light did change from 4 hi to 2. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
#109 of 184 Rear brake issues
Aug 27, 2009 (8:21 am)
my 02 dakota locks up the rear brakes every time I touch the pedal. the master cylinder and proportional valve have been replaced and the drums have been adjusted all the way out. has anyone else run into this problem?? what did you do to fix it?