Last post on Aug 17, 2011 at 3:34 AM
You are in the Dodge Dakota-2010 and older
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Dodge Dakota, Brakes, Truck
#5 of 8 Dakota calipers seizing up solid
Jul 10, 2011 (9:08 am)
They recommend flushing/replacing brake fluid every 2 years,but I've never had this done
and although it could be a factor (brake fluid absorbs moisture), the same side calipers keep
seizing, so that may not be the root cause. I heard that they use ceramic caliper pistons in
these types of calipers, so maybe it is due to some defect or possible dirt or rust contamination.
#6 of 8 Re: Caliper Issues with Dodge Dakotas? [mpls6256]
Jul 30, 2011 (5:07 pm)
Hello, I also have a VERY similar issue, only with a 2002 Dakota. You asked for a link, or comments, so here is a link explaining others having the same difficulty. I am now trying desperately to get rid of my 02 Dakota. Other than the brake problem (I've had it up to here), it's mint. Less than 61,000 well maintained miles. Anyway, here's the link, hope it helps. http://www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/Dakota/2002/brakes/brake_cylinder_lock-up.sht- ml
#7 of 8 Re: Caliper Issues with Dodge Dakotas? [extrucker]
Jul 30, 2011 (6:42 pm)
Thank you all for your input.....and thank you to Extrucker for providing the link. The day after I posted my issue on Edmunds I got my calipers, etc replaced and so far, so good. But...While I don't smell burning this time, my car is shaking again when I hit 65 on the freeway or when I apply the brake. This happened last time I had to have the calipers replaced. I am getting discouraged. I used to love Dodge trucks and had the greatest experience but this current truck is a piece of S**t. I can't sell it or trade it because I am underwater with my loan. Part of me is hoping a thunderstorm will come by and drop masive hail and do damage to where the insurance company totals out my car! Wishful thinking, I know!
#8 of 8 Calipers seizing up again and again
Aug 17, 2011 (3:34 am)
Caliper seizure on the dakotas is a known problem. Not sure if it's the design of the piston
inside, but I've had to replace 3 calipers all on the same side within 62,000 miles. The
oem rotors are undersize as well. While they work, they are more prone to failure due
to warping and overheating.