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#72 of 110 Front-driver Brake Locked after new pads/rotors installed
Dec 16, 2008 (8:51 pm)
Dodge Caravan SE - 1996
Replaced the Front Pads and Rotors on our 1996 Dodge Caravan 3-weeks ago. When I test-drove the vehicle everything was fine.
My wife used the van on short errand trip around town for a week and found the brakes to be working fine. The van was not used for a few days and when I went to drive it the wheels felt like they were locked. I felt the brakes were FIRM to the touch and it was sticking both in forward and reverse. I didn't have time to figure it our that day so I used another vehicle.
I checked it a few days later and the van seemed to roll normally so I took it for a short test drive of 1-2 KM and then stopping - I could smell hot brakes outside the vehicle. The front-drivers wheel was warm/hot to the touch.
I drove home and raised the front end. With the engine running and the transmission in Drive the front-drivers wheel would not turn and the front-passengers wheel turned freely.
I raised the rear and found the rear-passenger wheel was also LOCKED and the rear-drivers wheel turned freely.
I can't figure out why the BRAKING CIRCUIT for the affected front-drivers wheel and rear-passenger wheel is maintaining/creating pressure, which is preventing the wheels from turning freely.
There are no “Warning Lights On” on the dash.
The situation has escalated to the point where the van can’t be driven at all. To move the van from my driveway into the garage I had to release the Bleeder Screw on the Front Caliper slightly and this allowed me to drive the van into the garage.
The front calipers are retracted normally – and the rotor turns when you bleed the caliper and locks when you close the bleeder screw.
The fluid level in the master cylinder is also at the correct level.
I have bleed the brakes with a vacuum pump according to the manual – But the manual also states that for a proper bleed the van should be taken to the dealer with a DRB scan tool. Is that true for this Make/Model?
Below is a list of what I have tried to see if it would correct the problem, but saw no change:
1. Bleed the brakes (twice) according to the repair manual with no change.
2. Replaced the Brake Hose on Front Drivers Side – Again no change, then Bleed the Front Drivers Caliper – Wheel remained locked.
3. Pulled the ABS relay out, as well as the 40AMP – ABS fuse trying to deactivated the ABS System to see if that would make any changes – No Change
4. Rechecked calipers and pistons and they are moving freely no binding no sticking.
5. Pins & sliders have been cleaned up & lubed.
Have spoken to a few mechanics this week and they have had no new ideas as to the cause of the problem.
Could the ABS be causing this problem? The front-driver and rear-passenger is the Braking Circuit that is affected.
I’m truly stumped by this problem and am at a loss as to what is going on. Any ideas as to what I am missing…
#73 of 110 Re: 2006 front disc brakes [shipo]
Dec 18, 2008 (7:47 am)
Wondering if about pulling the rotors off the front of a 2000 GC. Anything special, I've done the pads many times but never the rotors, I'll be using hand tools, no air impact.
Thanks for the help in advance.
#74 of 110 Two replies...
Dec 18, 2008 (10:29 am)
jkraut: Check the tiny return holes in the master cylinder for probable blockage in one of the return circuits.
pphillips700: Once the calipers are off, the rotors should be removable easily barring any corrosion. There is a factory clip on one of the studs that may catch, but the removal itself is easy.
Dec 29, 2008 (9:52 am)
2005 Dodge Caravan-58,000 miles. Disk on the front, drums on the rear. I tried to drive the van yesterday morning. Rear wheels locked up as if the parking brake was on (I never use it). Neighbor came over, checked the parking brake cable; free and loose. He jumped up and down on the rear bumper, while I engaged and disengaged the transmission from drive to reverse. Nothing. Rear cylinders froze up?
Checked the fuses; everything is o.k.?
#76 of 110 Re: brakes? [rargreencastle]
Jan 05, 2009 (8:57 am)
Do you have a recent snowfall? If you drove through deep snow, they may be literally froze up (water in there has frozen the shoes to the drums). If that is a possibility, you can heat the drums with a propane torch (as you would use for soldering copper plumbing joints) just long enough to thaw the ice, then it should pop loose.
#77 of 110 Rear Disc on 2005 Grand Caravan
Mar 23, 2009 (7:40 am)
Hello all, I was wondering if someone had an exploded view and or a set of instructions on replacing the rear rotors and pads. I am finding out it seems like Dodge has done like Volvo did on my old 240 wagon and put a parking brake aka drum brake shoe setup inside the rear rotor to function as the parking brake.
#78 of 110 Re: Rear Disc on 2005 Grand Caravan [robert1955]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 02, 2009 (9:08 am)
Sometimes you can find instructions online. Try the links in the Online Repair Manuals discussion.
Steve, visiting host
#79 of 110 2001 caravan rear brake lockup.
May 18, 2009 (8:30 am)
I have 2001 caravan, pass side rear brake locks tight and I can't get it to release. I heard a little clicking sound from under the dash when I apply the brakes.. I wonder if that has anything to do with it?? I don't believe the van has ABS. so I'm stumped... HELP..... If the van is in Nuteral it clicks even more and then locks right up!!
#80 of 110 Re: T&C non-ABS conversion, Vcheng, TYVM [vanpo]
Dec 09, 2009 (8:15 am)
I have a 1993 Plymouth Grand Voyager with same ABS problem that I took to Chrysler service for warranty work. Estimate was $466.52 because the ABS Accumulator was not covered. I would like to find out how the replacement of non-ABS parts went and any details if available, please.
#81 of 110 Re: T&C non-ABS conversion, Vcheng, TYVM [tonbar81]
Dec 09, 2009 (5:43 pm)
As for my 2001 caravan. I had the rear drums on both sides rebuild. Everything! Money well spent. Everything was in major need of being replaced. If you can rebuild the brakes yourself, I recomend it, it would be cheaper! Good Luck.