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2001 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 102002

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I purchased my 2001 Dodge Dakota club cab back in Feb. 2002 as a demo vehicle with 5000 miles on it. Since then I have had the brake pads replaced twice and have had the drums and rotors replaced 4 times due to warping. About every three thousand miles my drums and rotors need to be turned or truck has 70,000 miles on it and it is used primarily on the highway.

- Slippery Rock, PA, USA

problem #1

May 152002


  • miles
Around 16,000 miles, I noticed the pulling and pulsating of the brakes when I applied pressure to them even at low speeds. Took the truck into the dealer and they found the front rotors were warped and the rear brake drums were cracked. They charged us for machining the front rotors but replaced the rear drums under warranty. After receiving the vehicle back, noticed that they still acted warped. Returned the vehicle to the dealer within a week and they replaced the drums again because they found they were also warped. Returned the vehicle to the dealer again because of same symptoms within a week and they turned the drums again because the 2nd replacement ones were also warped. At that time the front brakes were also squeaking, so they attempted to clean and lube calipers. Did not fix the noise in the front rotors and the rear drums are still feeling warped. Will attempt to return to the dealer again for further repairs but fear will be charged as we were the first time for a problem that is obviously defective braking systems in the Dodge Dakota's.

- Renton, WA, USA

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